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Starting your private practice: ‘What They Didn’t Teach Me in Grad School’

So, you’re excelling in graduate school for professional psychology or are a recent graduate, and look forward to starting your own private practice. You certainly know enough about psychology to succeed. But, do you know anything about business? How about managing loan payments, or being an effective self-advocate?

If you could use help, this workshop is for you. The half-day “What They Didn’t Teach Me in Graduate School” workshop takes place tomorrow–Saturday, March 24–from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Adler School’s downtown Chicago campus, 17 N. Dearborn.

“Practice-oriented graduate students often lack the training in advocacy and business aspects of private practice,” says event organizer Gregory A. Wilson, a doctoral student of clinical psychology and primary care psychology at the Adler School and an elected member-at-large officer of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS).

“The workshop will help students navigate ways to traverse their professional psychology careers through useful business, entrepreneurial, and professional advice, which we sometimes don’t receive within the context of the classroom.”

Hosted by the Adler School’s Doctoral Students Exploring Private Practice (DSEPP), APAGS, and The Community for Psychologists in Independent Practice (APA Division 42), the workshop will provide resources and tips to current students and recent graduates. Panelist include:

  • Dr. Nabil El-Ghoroury, Ph.D., APAGS associate executive director
  • Dr. Michael E. Schwartz, Psy.D., Division 42 independent practice board member
  • Dr. Steven Migalski, Psy.D., an assistant professor with the Adler School’s Department of Clinical Psychology and owner and clinical director of Andersonville Behavior Health.

The free event offers breakfast, raffle prizes, giveaways and–most important–networking for psychology graduate students and early career psychologists. Register at the door tomorrow or email