Lou Mason – Setting Up in Private Practice – October

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Please Note: this is a two day online training (10am – 2pm each day) running across one weekend


This training has been specially created to help practitioners and professionals get set up to work privately in person with children and young people (and /or adults) and to help them not only navigate their way through all the various elements you need to prepare for and have in place from the start, but also to offer support and encouragement in terms of confidence and solidarity.

It’s an exciting thing to go it alone but it can also at times feel more than a bit daunting and even overwhelming so this course has been designed to give a complete overview of everything you need to know in one go to help make all of that a lot easier.

It’s also suitable for practitioners who already have an existing practice but who might be wanting to take some time for a refresh and a review – lots of people attend who are already set up and they find it just helps to consider new ways of doing things and/ or gain some reassurance that their current approach is the best one for them.


These trainings are currently being offered online across a weekend (10am – 2pm each day). Online training is brilliant for its accessibility but it can be quite intense and there is a vast amount of  information to pass on, distil and work through together. Having that breathing space and thinking time in between the two half day workshops is hugely beneficial and overwhelming feedback confirms this to be the preferred format for this particular course. 


The course provides a fully comprehensive overview of everything you need to consider, research, plan and prepare in order to either get set up from scratch to work with children, adolescents or adults / families in person or to refresh your existing practice.

We cover Setting Up Your Therapy Space, Scheduling Sessions and What to Consider, Branding & Identity, Fees & Invoicing, Accountancy / Going Self-Employed, Paperwork (including talking through an extensive template parent contract & referral form), Security (including talking through a guide to writing your data protection policy), Marketing, Networking, and other areas that come up during the course of the sessions.

As well as all the practicalities, there’s time given over to consider individual needs as everyone’s practice, way of working, skill sets and intentions for their service will be totally unique to them so there’s plenty of opportunity during the weekend to apply and respond to the specific needs of the attendees.

There’s also a lot of support, encouragement, tips and advice and first hand experiences that are shared to help personalise the training and create an environment filled with solidarity and security for the adventure ahead.


The groups are kept small each weekend (maximum of 9) so that Lou can tailor the days to the specific needs of those who attend. It also enables everyone to have time to breathe, ask questions, and learn from each other. There’s also regular screen breaks and time put aside for general discussion. 


As well as an 8 hour CPD certificate, the price of the training includes both 4 hour workshopsall the template paperwork for you to take away and adapt for your practice, other useful documents and some professional contacts.


Before your booking is fully secured, we will need to have a written agreement from you in place to confirm that any course materials shared – and the content of the course itself – will only be for your own personal use in setting up or reviewing your practice. We do not consent to the materials or content being shared with anyone else – particularly anyone who has not attended and paid for the course – or more publicly for any kind of commercial gain. An email will be sent to you prior to the training taking place and details of the training will only be released to you once we are in receipt of that agreement.


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You can choose to pay in full in one go via the website, or you can pay a non-refundable deposit to reserve your place and then settle up the balance a couple of weeks before the workshop dates you choose. It may also be possible to arrange longer term instalment payments depending on the dates you choose. To discuss the deposit method, any longer term instalment payments or for further information about the training, please email [email protected]


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5 October 10:00 am
6 October 2:00 pm


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