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188. Systems for Days w/ Alison Pidgeon, LPC

The Testing Psychologist Podcast

Hello again, everyone. We’re wrapping up our Practice of the Practice takeover with a fantastic conversation with Alison Pidgeon. Alison is the “systems queen” at PoP, and she is here talking with me all about the systems and processes that she utilizes in her large group practice. The post 188. Systems for Days w/ Alison Pidgeon, LPC appeared first on The Testing Psychologist.

57mins

25 Feb 2021

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How to Launch A Group Practice with Alison Pidgeon and Whitney Owens | PoP Bonus Episode

The Practice of the Practice Podcast | Innovative Ideas to Start, Grow, and Scale a Private Practice

Have you utilized your time best to create your ideal work schedule? What resources are out there that can help you outsource your work?... The post How to Launch A Group Practice with Alison Pidgeon and Whitney Owens | PoP Bonus Episode appeared first on How to Start, Grow, and Scale a Private Practice| Practice of the Practice.

28mins

19 Feb 2021

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Episode 20: Transitioning From a Solo to Group Practice (with Alison Pidgeon)

Therapy For Your Money

There are a number of financial hurdles you could face when transitioning from a solo to a group practice, and we're here to break them down for you! On this episode, we are joined by Alison Pidgeon to discuss the ins and outs of growing your team, handling compensation, and how to troubleshoot some problems before you even face them.Alison Pidgeon is a licensed professional counselor and the owner of Move Forward Counseling. She is also a business consultant for Practice of the Practice, a community that helps therapists start, scale, and succeed in starting their own private practice. Alison finds passion in empowering private practice owners to achieve their dreams of being their own boss!Episode Highlights:Main Challenges You May Face While Transitioning From Solo to GroupAdjusting to the increase in transactions being processed in your accountsUnderstanding the logistics around compensationContractors vs. EmployeesFull Time Vs. Part TimeWhat payroll software/system to useHow/When to offer benefits to team membersThe first step to transitioning is having an established accounting software (such as QuickBooks Online) to ensure your business and personal finances are separate and organizedMake sure you have a savings account of at least 3 months of expenses in order to give yourself some wiggle room while adjusting to hiring and adding compensation to your practiceAs you grow, make sure to monitor your schedule closely in order to plan ahead when hiring - you need to consider filtering through candidates, interviewing, credentialing, and building the new hire's schedule when gauging a timeline for bringing on new cliniciansIf you are looking to transition to a group practice in order to remove yourself from the clinical side of your business, it is recommended to slowly start reducing your clinical hours over time - this can take about a year or more!It is easier to do this over time as your case load will dwindle down naturally, rather than try to move your clients around to your new cliniciansLinks & ResourcesAlison PidgeonMove Forward Virtual AssistantsPractice of the PracticeGroup Practice BossRich Dad Poor Dad by Robert KiyosakiGreenOak AccountingTherapy For Your Money Podcast

35mins

12 Feb 2021

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Group Practice Panel Discussion with Alison Pidgeon, Whitney Owens, Susan Doak and Dawn Brunkenhoefer – Killin’It Camp Speakers Series 4 of 4 | PoP 525

The Practice of the Practice Podcast | Innovative Ideas to Start, Grow, and Scale a Private Practice

What are some of the benefits that group practice owners enjoy? Are there some valuable words of wisdom from successful group practice owners that... The post Group Practice Panel Discussion with Alison Pidgeon, Whitney Owens, Susan Doak and Dawn Brunkenhoefer – Killin’It Camp Speakers Series 4 of 4 | PoP 525 appeared first on How to Start, Grow, and Scale a Private Practice| Practice of the Practice.

57mins

21 Jan 2021

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Alison Pidgeon | Being A Group Practice Boss | TPOT 147

The Practice of Therapy Podcast with Gordon Brewer

In this episode, Alison explains what it is like to run a group practice, like a boss! Alison is into tracking data; she likes to make her decisions based on numbers. You’ll hear loads of tips about having a group practice. For instance, don’t wait to delegate for when you’re stressed out and on the verge of burn out – it’s probably time to delegate today! Stay tuned as Alison explains how she finds the best clinicians for her practice, the ways that she compensates her staff, and why she utilizes an employee model rather than an independent contractor model. Meet Alison Pidgeon Alison Pidgeon, MA, LPC is the Founder and CEO of Move Forward Counseling LLC. What started out as a solo private practice in early 2015 quickly grew into a group practice and has been expanding ever since. Alison has been working in the mental health field since 2003. She graduated from Immaculata University with a master's degree in counseling psychology in 2007. She earned her license as a professional counselor (LPC) in 2009. Her time spent working in community mental health helped to shape her as a leader and made her aware of the problems which exist in the mental health system. Taking what she learned from the traditional model of mental health care, Alison set out to create something different when she started her private practice. Her attention to detail to the whole client experience and treating her staff exceptionally well have created a reputation of excellence that is recognized by the community. Learn How To Delegate Practice owners get caught in the trap of bootstrapping everything like answering the phone and cleaning the office. Why? Because they want to save money. However, you are putting a hard cap on how large you can grow your business. There’s a way to make sure you’re hiring trustworthy people who will do good work and be reliable. It’s possible to delegate sooner than you need to. People wait too long to start delegating. Don’t wait until your drowning at work. Find Good Clinicians When starting a group practice, it’s essential to find the best clinicians. However, whenever clinicians wanted to join Alison, they said they couldn’t because they needed health insurance. That’s why Alison decided to switch from an independent contracting model to an employee model. That way, Alison can offer her employees the opportunity to have health insurance. This has been a total game-changer for Alison. Her turnover rate is a lot lower. Plus, she gets so many more applications with the employee model. Moving Toward Group Practice Look at your systems. This will have to change when you hire people. Most likely, your systems will only work for a private practice rather than group practice. For instance, you may need multiple phone extensions. Plus, you’ll need to change up your website. Change your wording from “I” to “we.” Also, think about whether or not you want to be a boss. Managing people is a significant aspect of group practice. If that sounds terrible, then group practice may not be right for you. Think long and hard about what you love to do. Determining Fit It would help if you were clear about your mission, vision, and values. Your values will speak a lot about the culture of your practice. You can even print these things out and have your potential clinicians look it over. The clearer you are about what you want will help you attract the right people and repel the wrong people. Having a problem employee is a nightmare and not worth the stress. That’s why Alison is picky about who she hires. Alison wants her clinicians to be organized, timely, and self-sufficient. If a clinician isn’t organized enough to manage themselves, it will not be a good fit. Also, Alison values boundaries – you can’t teach good judgment. So Alison wants to know if her potential clinicians have good boundaries with their clients. Recruiting Alison uses Indeed.com, plus she has an employment page on her website. She gets quite a few resumes through that as well. Therapists talk to each other. So one therapist will tell their friends. That’s why Alison likes to have an employment page on her website so that people can reach out to her directly. Compensation Alison says that compensation will depend on the laws in your state. In Pennsylvania, there’s not a lot of options. Alison pays her therapists more to see a client and less for administrative work. She doesn’t go the salaried route because your therapists will get paid the same amount no matter how many clients they have. At a minimum, they have to do twenty-five hours a week. If they want more, then they can earn a bonus. However, they don’t need to work forty hours a week if they don’t want to. Being transparent… Some of the resources below use affiliate links which simply means we receive a commission if you purchase using the links, at no extra cost to you. Thanks for using the links! Alison's Resources Email Alison: alison@practiceofthepractice.com Move Forward Counseling Consulting with Alison Alison Pidgeon | Buying An Office And Growing A Private Practice Group Practice Boss Resources  Use the promo code "GORDON" to get 2 months of Therapy Notes free. Learn more about GreenOak Accounting  Listen to Therapy For Your Money Podcast Use my link for 1 Month FREE of Brighter Vision services Brighter Vision Fall Into Cash Event Sign up for Killin’It Camp – October 5-7, 2020 G Suite for Therapists | The E-Course Session Note Helper 3.0 Money Matters in Private Practice | The Course Join the G-Suite for Therapists Users Group Cool Resources Follow @TPOTpodcast on Instagram Meet Gordon Brewer, MEd, LMFT Gordon is the person behind The Practice of Therapy Podcast & Blog. He is also President and Founder of Kingsport Counseling Associates, PLLC. He is a therapist, consultant, business mentor, trainer, and writer. PLEASE Subscribe to The Practice of Therapy Podcast wherever you listen to it. Follow us on Twitter @therapistlearn, and Pinterest, “Like” us on Facebook.

44mins

28 Sep 2020

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Whitney Owens and Alison Pidgeon Answer Your Most Pressing Questions about Group Practice | GP 26

Practice of the Practice: Grow a Group Practice Podcast

What are some suggestions for starting and running your group practice? How should you go about managing your group practice’s finances? Are there adjustments... The post Whitney Owens and Alison Pidgeon Answer Your Most Pressing Questions about Group Practice | GP 26 appeared first on How to Start, Grow, and Scale a Private Practice| Practice of the Practice.

43mins

30 Jul 2020

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Pivot Your Group Practice Intensive 2020 with Whitney Owens and Alison Pidgeon | GP Bonus Episode

Practice of the Practice: Grow a Group Practice Podcast

How has COVID-19 affected your group practice? What long term goals should you be setting to make sure that your business remains successful during... The post Pivot Your Group Practice Intensive 2020 with Whitney Owens and Alison Pidgeon | GP Bonus Episode appeared first on How to Start, Grow, and Scale a Private Practice| Practice of the Practice.

20mins

21 Jul 2020

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Q&A on Group Practice with Alison Pidgeon | FP Bonus Episode

Practice of the Practice: Faith in Practice Podcast

What are some suggestions for starting and running your group practice? How should you go about managing your group practice’s finances? Are there adjustments... The post Q&A on Group Practice with Alison Pidgeon | FP Bonus Episode appeared first on How to Start, Grow, and Scale a Private Practice| Practice of the Practice.

42mins

17 Jul 2020

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53. Marketing Tips for Group Practices During COVID with Alison Pidgeon

Private Practice Elevation with Daniel Fava

COVID-19 has certainly changed the way we all do business. Recently on the podcast, we spoke about how COVID-19 has changed SEO strategy for therapy practices, how to do Google ads during the pandemic, and the new opportunities therapists can work on during quarantine.  This week we’re talking to Alison Pidgeon, a consultant from Practice of The Practice, all about the specific things she’s done in her own group practice to keep her business growing and booking new clients during COVID-19. Listen in as we talk about what group practice owners can do to market their private practices during this pandemic!

35mins

13 Jul 2020

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Start a Group Practice with Alison Pidgeon and Whitney Owens | PoP 439

The Practice of the Practice Podcast | Innovative Ideas to Start, Grow, and Scale a Private Practice

Are you wondering whether to start a group practice? What does it entail and does it fit into the vision you have for your... The post Start a Group Practice with Alison Pidgeon and Whitney Owens | PoP 439 appeared first on How to Start, Grow, and Scale a Private Practice| Practice of the Practice.

35mins

25 Feb 2020

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