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Private Practitioners Group
Frequently Asked Questions

Lynne Spevack LCSW, Chairperson

What is the Private Practitioners Group?

Who can join the Private Practitioners Group?

How do I join the Private Practitioners Group?

Are there any attendance requirements or expectations?

When does the group meet?

How can I confirm a meeting date?

Where does the group meet?

What subway stations are located close to the chapter office?

Where can I park my car near the chapter office?

How can I stay apprised of the group’s activities and information pertinent to private practitioners?

I paid money to join NASW’s Private Practice Section. Is the Private Practice Section related to the Private Practitioners Group?

What is the history of the Private Practitioners Group?

How can I volunteer to further develop the Private Practitioners Group?

Who can I contact if I have further questions or suggestions to make regarding the Private Practitioners Group?

 

What is the Private Practitioners Group?

The Private Practitioners Group (PPG) provides a forum for social workers in private practice to exchange ideas and resources, learn from and support one another, combat the isolation that can occur in private practice, network, and join forces to implement projects and secure resources that we cannot obtain individually. Since there are many venues where clinical topics are addressed, our discussions have focused primarily on the non-clinical aspects of starting, sustaining and growing a private practice. However, clinical issues are, inevitably, interwoven into our discussions.

PPG members partake of the resources of the PPG in various ways. Hundreds of PPG members elect to receive the PPG’s occasional, informative email newsletter, apprising them of relevant new legislation, new developments in the insurance industry, emerging trends, upcoming meetings and workshops dates and topics, and other private practice related information.  The PPG maintains a web page brimming with informative links and articles at www.naswnyc.org/ppgresources. PPG chairperson Lynne Spevack volunteers to respond to chapter and PPG members’ private practice questions, fielding a dozen or more inquires each month.

Many PPG members participate in the PPG from the comfort of their office or home, via the e-newsletter, webpage resources, and telephone contact. Others attend the PPG’s periodic meetings, where dozens of us gather at the chapter’s lower Manhattan office for in person meetings, held periodically. Some PPG members attend a single meeting of interest, while others attend regularly, enjoying the camaraderie and networking opportunities before and after the planned presentation. Each meeting is freestanding, focused on a specific private practice related topic. Recent topics have included tax preparation, using the internet for promotion, getting started in private practice, fees and fee policies, and navigating insurance, managed care and Medicare.  

 

Who can join the Private Practitioners Group?

The Private Practitioners Group welcomes new members, and we generally have new members join us at every meeting. LCSW clinicians who are in part-time and full-time private practice, as well as those contemplating beginning a private practice, are welcome to attend the Private Practitioners Group meetings and to participate in our email communications. The group membership encompasses clinicians with a variety of theoretical orientations and practice modalities from all five boroughs and the NYC environs.

LCSW social workers contemplating beginning a private clinical practice generally have several years of supervised experience doing clinical work in an agency setting, and many also have obtained post-masters degree institute training. The New York State licensing law requires that social workers practicing independently have the LCSW credential. Insurance reimbursement generally requires six years of documented clinical experience.

Private Practitioners Group members are encouraged to belong to NASW. Non-NASW members are welcome to attend one or two meetings of the Private Practitioners Group or to participate for a couple of weeks via email before deciding whether or not to join NASW and continue to be involved in the Private Practitioners Group. Your NASW dues support the activities of the Private Practitioners Group by providing meeting space, refreshments, and technical and administrative support and guidance.

 

 

How do I join the Private Practitioners Group?

To join the PPG, sign up for the PPG Newsletter

 

 

Are there any attendance requirements or expectations?

No. Social workers can attend meetings as often or as infrequently as they like. Some folks attend every meeting, and others attend once in a while. Each meeting topic stands alone, so participants can choose to attend whenever they like. Some members do not attend meetings, but stay in touch via email.

 

 

When does the group meet?

The NASW Private Practitioners Group meeting schedule varies. Please add your name to the PPG e-newsletter to receive meeting announcements.

Some folks arrive early and some stay late to socialize and network. The group leader is generally available after meetings to answer questions and discuss individual concerns. 

 

 

How can I confirm a meeting date?

If you want to confirm that a meeting is not being cancelled due to inclement weather, you may call the chapter office (212-668-0050) on the morning of the meeting.

 

 

Where does the group meet?

Meetings are held at the chapter office: 50 Broadway, 10th floor, between Exchange and Beaver (1 ½ blocks south of Wall Street and just north of Bowling Green and Battery Park). The chapter office is located on the 10th floor, just opposite the elevators. Meetings are held in the large conference room at the rear of the office; staff can direct you to the conference room. Bathrooms are located off of the public hallways on the 10th floor; pick up a key at the receptionists desk.

 

 

What subway stations are located close to the chapter office?

Subways that stop close to the chapter office include the 2, 3, 4 and 5 to Wall Street, the, R, and 1 to Rector Street. A bit further away is the A and C to Fulton Street / Broadway/Nassau, and the J, M and Z to Broad Street.

 

 

Where can I park my car near the chapter office?

The following parking garages are located nearby:

Battery Parking Garage
212-425-1065
70 Greenwich Street (between Rector and Edgar Streets), two blocks west of Broadway.
Enter heading south from Greenwich Street and heading north from Trinity Place.


Edison Park Fast
877-727-5327
www.parkfast.com
167 Front Street (between Front and South Streets)

Impark Garage
212-809-6789
55 Water Street (between Old Slip and South Streets)
enter on Old Slip Street

State Pearl Garage
212-248-5752
1 Battery Park Plaza
located on Pearl Street (between State and Whitehall Streets)

 

 

How can I stay apprised of the group’s activities and information pertinent to private practitioners?

Sign up for the PPG Newsletter to stay apprised of the group’s activities and information pertinent to private practitioners
 

 

I paid money to join NASW’s Private Practice Section. Is the Private Practice Section related to the Private Practitioners Group?

No, they are not related. The Private Practice Section is affiliated with the national NASW office, and benefits include a newsletter. Unlike the Section, the Private Practitioners Group charges no fee to join, is affiliated with the local NYC chapter of NASW, and holds periodic in person meetings. 

 

 

What is the history of the Private Practitioners Group?

The Private Practitioners Group has been meeting monthly since the fall of 2002. Membership now exceeds 600.

Some years ago the chapter had a committee on Independent Practice and Managed Care. The leader of this group, Dava Weinstein, had continued to field questions from members on various aspects of private practice in the years after that group disbanded. She believed that there was an interest in a chapter committee for private practitioners, and she took the initiative to call a couple of meetings in the spring of 2002. It was out of these meetings that the Private Practitioners Group began.

 

 

How can I volunteer to further develop the Private Practitioners Group?

Many of the chapter’s activities are conducted by NASW member-volunteers. There are several valuable projects which the Private Practice Group might engage in, given sufficient interest and manpower. If you would like to discuss the possibility of volunteering, contact the group leader Lynne Spevack for further information.

 

 

Who can I contact if I have further questions or suggestions to make regarding the Private Practitioners Group?

Please feel free to contact Lynne Spevack LCSW with any questions or recommendations regarding the Private Practitioners Group. Lynne can be reached by email or by calling the NYC chapter of NASW at 212-668-0050. Lynne is an NASW member who volunteers to coordinate and lead the Private Practitioners Group.


 

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Updated August 2014

 

 

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