Getting Started in Private Practice

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM [GMT]

Church Lane, , Hawarden (near Chester), Flintshire,, CH5 3DF, United Kingdom


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Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM [GMT]

About the Event

This 6-hour workshop is designed to help you understand the basic foundations you should have in place when you venture into private practice as a talking professional.

Over the course of the workshop, you will learn the important FIRST STEPS that you need to consider as you start out in private practice, including: thinking about being self-employed; setting up your practice; managing your money and dealing with the tax man; why you need to be insured; how to keep records and register with the Information Commissioner; how to estimate your costs and set your fees; the challenge of asking for payment; developing your referral networks and promoting your business; using Practice Management software; setting realistic goals for your business; the importance of self-care and keeping on top of CPD.

All attendees will receive several invaluable extras, including an up-to-date copy of Colin’s ebook “Setting up in Private Practice: A guide to some of the key practical steps you need to take”, an editable spreadsheet to help you determine how to set your fees and many templates for key documents (in WORD format) to use your practice (e.g. sample invoice; sample therapy contract). You will also get access to Colin's free email newsletter “Building a Successful Private Practice” and other online resources, designed to follow-up on the session and help you maintain momentum as you move your practice forward.

And if that isn't enough, all participants will be invited to participate in a FREE 1-hour online group coaching session with Colin 4 - 6 weeks following the workshop to help you maintain your focus and answer new questions that may have come up for you afterwards!


Registration is from 9.00 am, with the workshop starting at 9.30 am. There will be a one hour lunch break, and we aim to finish around 4.30 pm. A three-course lunch and all refreshments are included in the fee, as is free parking on site.

Topics you will cover include:

  • What working for yourself means to you
  • Start-up essentials, including tax, insurance, venues and accounting
  • Keeping records and registering with the Information Commissioner
  • Estimating your costs and Setting your fees - get this right from the start!
  • Contracting with your clients
  • Developing your business – beyond the basics (including developing your referral network and marketing your services)
  • Managing your caseload, self-care and supervision
  • Can Practice Managment Software help your service?
  • Setting your goals and moving forward in your practice


The workshop will benefit talking professionals - psychologists, therapists and coaches looking to explore the world of private practice: those who are just thinking about this as an option for their future; those who have started seriously considering this option; and even those who have started on a small scale and want to look at how they might move things forward.


Your host and workshop presenter:

Dr Colin Clerkin is an experienced HCPC-registered clinical psychologist, coach and business mentor. He has been in private practice for more than 16 years, 12 of these full-time. In this time, he has built up a thriving practice, working with a wide range of clients, from individuals and families to Case Management services and on through to medico-legal agencies, solicitors and international corporations.

Colin’s strengths lie in his energy and enthusiasm for bringing the best out of others, helping them develop their skills and make achievable plans for their future. His goal is to create a powerful learning experience that doesn’t stop at the end of the workshop, but is the catalyst for exciting personal and professional development for each person in the room.


A word about the venue

The Liverpool Marriott City Centre Hotel (L1 1RH) 1 Queen Square, Liverpool

Beautifully decorated, this 4 star deluxe Marriott Liverpool hotel provides first class friendly service. Located in the heart of Liverpool's art and cultural district and only minutes from the central Liverpool Lime Street Railway Station, the hotel overlooks the vibrant Queen Square. Delegates also get access to free parking in the car park beside the hotel (tickets need to be validated by the hotel before you leave).

Click here to see the location on Google Maps: LIVERPOOL MARRIOTT CITY CENTRE  



The Liverpool Marriot has rooms available from around £77 per night including breakfast. See the Marriott website for details. Liverpool Marriott City Centre



Cancellation policy

Payment in full MUST be made in advance. However, cancellations are accepted up to two weeks ahead of the workshop date. Cancellations prior to this cut-off point will incur a small charge of around £20 to cover administration costs.

Cancellations within two weeks of the scheduled workshop will not be refunded, but we are happy to accept a nominated replacement attendee at your request.

About the Organizer

Dr Colin Clerkin Coach and Psychologist

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