What If The Owner Of A Counseling Practice Becomes Ill?

Are there any publications available to help counselors develop contingency plans for their practices should they become ill or physically impaired?

Thank you for your help.
Janet Black


Greetings Janet,

That’s a really good question. While I don’t know of anything that fully meets the description of what you’re asking, I do have some thoughts and resources.

For the clients: Having a good referral list, as well as an emergency services list, is important. If one was to fall ill, simply having this on hand would help to transfer your clients into good hands (Ideally, the clients’ current therapist would help with the transition process).

For the business: If the owner of a business falls ill, he or she would need to rely on their staff to pick up the ball, while their unavailable. This can be a complicated process. Having enough staff to run the business will be crucial, as well as a well-written operations/procedures manual, that details every single thing that needs to be done to operate with business in the owner’s absence. An excellent resource, that explores this issue is called “The E-Myth Revisited” by Michael Gerber.

Janet, I’m not sure if I fully answered your question, but I hope it’s a start.


Anthony Centore

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Anthony Centore Ph.D. is Founder and CEO at Thriveworks--a counseling practice, focused on premium client care, with 240+ locations across the USA. He is Private Practice Consultant for the American Counseling Association, columnist for Counseling Today magazine, and Author of How to Thrive in Counseling Private Practice. Anthony is a multistate Licensed Professional Counselor and has been quoted in national media sources including The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and CBS Sunday Morning.

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