Episode 126

Dr. Lauren Pasqua, PsyD

In today's episode, the brilliant Dr. Lauren Pasqua joins our host, Dr. Tara Sanderson, to dive into the fascinating realm of training clinics and the role of trainees in the evaluation process. Lauren emphasizes the benefits of having both experienced clinicians and trainees involved, as well as strategies for addressing client discomfort.

Overview of episode

Importance of the trainee's role in the evaluation process

Challenges and considerations in expanding your practice

Determining practice specializations and adding new programs

Takeaways for today!

What can you apply today right after the episode.

Prepping Clients is Key!

While most clients appreciate the training clinic experience, it's important to prepare them ahead of time. By informing clients that trainees will be involved in the evaluation process, they are more open-minded and receptive to the benefits of having a team of experts working on their assessment.

Brainstorm 2-3 ways you can alert your clients to the role of trainees in your practice and support trainees in stepping confidently into these conversations with clients.

Collaboration Enhances Evaluation Quality

One of the great advantages of a training clinic is the opportunity for trainees to work closely with experienced clinicians. Through weekly case consultations and shadowing experiences, trainees gain valuable supervision and learn to identify blind spots, ultimately improving the accuracy and thoroughness of evaluations.

Consider how you will incorporate trainee feedback into your decision making process, and determine how trainee feedback will be collected. 

Understanding Insurance Processes is Crucial

Dealing with insurance companies can be challenging, but it's essential to navigate their requirements to ensure proper reimbursement. Familiarize yourself with insurance terminology, ask the right questions, and consider crowd-sourcing information from reliable sources to stay up-to-date on the latest practices. Remember, billing and getting paid consistently is key to sustaining your practice.

Schedule a time to connect with other practice owners to discuss common issues and wins with insurance billing over coffee, you may learn a lot from each other!

Outside Resources from the episode

- Link to The Testing Psychologist