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Money Matters in Psychotherapy:Practical and Therapeutic considerations when working with Fees, Medical Aids and other Money Matters in Private Practice

For all Psychologists and Psychiatrists: 

4 Ethics points (module 1)
4 General CEU (module 2)

Presented by: Penny Stopforth (Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice)
Venue: V & A City Lodge Conference Room
Dates: Sat, 11 May (08h00 – 12h30)            Sat 18 May (08h00 – 12h30)
Fee: R895 per module or R1700 for both modules (closing date for registration 30 April 2019)                                                                                                     

For further information and/or to register for the course, please email me at:

About the Workshop:The topic of money is highly evocative. It can elicit an array of powerful responses – shame, guilt, hate, fear, hope, despair, resentment. Yet, discussions around money remain largely taboo. The subject of money is often ignored within the field of psychotherapy, both in the literature, in training programmes, and, consequently, in treatment conceptualizations. The aim of this workshop is to provide a platform to discuss balancing the financial and practical requirements for running a successful and ethical private practice, with therapeutic implications when dis/engaging with money matters.

Module 1: Practical Application of Ethical Business Practices:
Working with Medical Aids (Understanding claims procedures, Prescribed Minimum Benefits, Accurate Coding, Invoicing and Ethical Dilemmas)
Consumer Protection Act (including charging for session cancellations and issues related to payment consent (adults and minors))
Protection of Personal Information Act (third party)
Confidentiality and Electronic Communication
Contracting Principles
Debt Collection
Common grounds for Malpractice

Module 2: Money Matters through a Psychodynamic Lens
Money as a messenger (inter- and intra-psychic conflicts)
Understanding therapists and clients relationship with money
The cost of therapy (for client and practitioner)
Medical Aid (and others) as a silent “Third” in the therapy relationship
Money conversations in therapy – What payment practices (setting the fee, cancellations, lowering the fee) reveal about the frame, transference, countertransference and the best interest of the client.
Case discussions

Course Material: A course handout containing the presentation slides will be provided at the start of each workshop, which will also include the reference list of course readings.

About the Facilitator: Penny Stopforth is a Clinical Psychologist based in Cape Town. After relocating to Cape Town, she joined the Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry Services at Valkenberg Hospital and opened a private practice. She has previously lectured at Rhodes University and has presented lectures at The South African College of Applied Psychology, the University of Cape Town, and most recently, at the 26thInternational Association for Forensic Psychotherapy Conference in Sicily. She has special interest in developing mindful business practices within the context of psychotherapy in private practice.