How do you add clinicians to your faith-based practice? How do you find the right clinician for your practice? Are there any legal issues to be aware of when hiring based on faith?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Whitney Owens about how to add clinicians to a faith-based practice.
Meet Whitney Owens
Whitney is a licensed professional counsellor and owns a growing group practice in Savannah, Georgia. Along with a wealth of experience managing a practice, she also has an extensive history working in a variety of clinical and religious settings, allowing her to specialize in consulting for faith-based practices and those wanting to connect with religious organizations.
In This Podcast
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Whitney Owens about how to add clinicians to a faith-based practice. Throughout this series in faith-based practice, we spoke about attracting your ideal client, setting up your vision, how to market a faith-based practice and how to get referrals. If you’ve been doing this right, you’ve built your practice, and you’re growing. Now how do you attract the right type of clinicians to add to your business?
Think back to your vision
It all comes back to your vision. When you’re starting to add clinicians, think back to your vision and if you are meeting that vision. If you’re growing, it’s likely that you are.
When hiring a clinician, ask yourself questions like, “Do they understand the vision I have?” and “Do their values align with mine?” These are important questions to ask because if/when you hire them, they will be representing you and your practice.
The first step in hiring is getting the word out there.
How do you know they’re good for your faith-based business?
You’ll need to know what faith they have to begin with. But it’s important to also know where they are in their faith. Make sure you are aligned. Whitney starts with 10 min phone interviews which ask the following questions.
- What is your ideal client?
- Do you use any therapeutic techniques?
- What are you trained in?
- When is your ideal time to work?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- How would you feel if a Christian came in and wanted to work with you?
What are the legalities of hiring based on faith?
You can’t hire someone based on their faith. But you can hire based on their values. Ask them if they feel comfortable with the types of clients your practice serves.
Once you’ve hired them, have in-house training together to make sure everyone is on the same page. Then meet with all employees once a month to make sure you’re always touching base.
Going forward with your faith-based practice
Where do you see your practice in the next year and even the next 5 years? How do you create a team that supports that? Think about specialities.
When you think about having a faith-based practice, why is that important to you? It’s important to Whitney because faith is always a part of her life. And it’s important for her clients because they often request it.
If you’re scared to make that jump, need help adding clinicians or even need help with your marketing, consult with Whitney.
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