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Are You a Successful Practitioner?

September 7, 2016

Are you a mental health professional or family law lawyer trying to make in in a peacemaking capacity? Are you satisfied with your practice? Would you like to increase your business or improve your practice? Is your level of success satisfactory?

Your practice is your lifeline, your financial tool for survival.

While we all may define success in a private practice differently, there are key variables for establishing a successful practice and key variables for determining a successful practice.

The variables that are best addressed to establish a successful practice include:

  1. Intake processes;
  2. Service processes;
  3. Professional competency;
  4. Fiscal management;
  5. Marketing and Communications.


Key variables for determining a successful practice include:

  1. Meeting and maintaining a self-determined threshold of billable hours;
  2. Having an established referral source network;
  3. Knowing your most productive marketing strategies and return on investment for your marketing budget;
  4. Being able to articulate and communicate your practice and differentiators.


Strategies to help build a successful practice include:

  1. Attending workshops and seminars;
  2. Reading books and articles;
  3. Professional coaching and consultation.


If you want to take your practice to the next level, whatever that may be for you, then consider investing in yourself and your practice. Retool, reinvent; rediscover; develop. Be the successful practitioner.

In addition to my suite of services, I provide help to other therapists and family law lawyers who work in a peacemaking capacity (mediation, collaborative law) to improve their practice. That help includes both practice development as well as clinical consultation.If you would like support, consultation, coaching or group seminars or workshops, it would be my pleasure to be of service.

I am Gary Direnfeld and I am a social worker. I have been in private practice for 34 years. I am here to help you with your practice.

Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW

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Gary Direnfeld is a social worker. Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access matters. Gary is the host of the TV reality show, Newlywed, Nearly Dead, parenting columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and author of Marriage Rescue: Overcoming the ten deadly sins in failing relationships. Gary maintains a private practice in Dundas and Georgina Ontario, providing a range of services for people in distress. He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North America.

If your relationship is faltering, then set it as your priority.

Read: Marriage Rescue: Overcoming ten deadly sins in failing relationships

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