Dr. Steiner's Psychotherapy Tools

Therapist's Professional Will

  1. What is the Therapist's Professional Will?
  2. Getting Started, Tips, and Updates
  3. Consultation for Therapists
  4. Workshops & Keynotes for Therapists

About the Therapist's Professional Will™: Guidelines for Managing Planned and Unplanned Absence

This newly released downloadable version of the Therapist's Professional Will ™: Guidelines for Managing Planned and Unplanned Absence takes the critical issue of providing therapeutic continuity for clients from concept to practical application. With it’s easy-to-follow worksheets which simplify the process, using this system is like having a coach who helps you set realistic goals using timelines and documents that make it easier to take your Professional Will from your To-Do-List to your first draft. The forms may be filled in on-line or printed and filled in by hand.

This clear, informative guide walks you through the process of putting your plan in place and helps you decide how your clients and treatment plans should be handled in the event of a temporary or prolonged absence. It includes a wide selection of optional templates, including termination letters to clients, formats for patient/client summaries, advice about selecting your Emergency Response Team, as well as instructions for your Emergency Response Team. It includes a system for you to keep all the documentation needed to customize an absence plan for your practice, and much more.

By making a document that spells out your wishes for the continuing care of your clients in your absence, you will have done everything possible to assure continuity of care for your clients, and peace of mind for yourself.

To order the downloadable version of The Therapist's Professional Will™: Guidlines for Managing Planned and Unplanned Absence, please go to the Order Products page.

Online Continuing Education Courses

For information about Online Continuing Education courses available through this website, please go to the CE Page. Online Law and Ethics CE credits are available for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, Nurses and other mental health professionals and students.

About the Therapist's Professional Will™: Guidlines for Managing Planned and Unplanned Absence - podcast:

This podcast demystifies and simplifies this all-too-often delayed practice necessity.

The audio recording is of Dr. Steiner's Grand Rounds presentation for the Department of Psychiatry, Alta Bates Hospital, Berkeley, CA. The material included helps you begin to think about setting realistic goals for taking your professional will from your To-Do-List to your first draft.

To order the podcast: The Therapist's Professional Will™: Guidlines for Managing Planned and Unplanned Absence, please go to the Order Products page.

Already own a copy of The Therapist's Professional Will™ ?

In today's ever-changing world it is difficult to keep abreast of new requirements and solutions to the challenges that arise for practicing therapists. This also applies to the Therapist's Professional Will™.

Note: If you purchased a copy of The Therapist's Professional Will™ : The Guide CD and would like the updated, downloadable version, please contact us for a discounted copy of the most recent version.

For new tips and reminders, please check out the Getting Started, Tips, and Updates page. New suggestions for protecting client's privacy, addressing changing law and ethics requirements will be included in this page. So check back periodically to learn new tips and suggestions that will help you start and make your Professional Will more current!

What User's of Dr. Steiner's Therapist's Professional Will have said:

"I just installed and read your fine, fine work. It was incredibly EASY to install and open and is done in a most sensitive and approachable way. I deeply appreciate the work you put into this and the contribution you have made for a difficult transition in our work and profession. CONGRATULATIONS in every aspect! And thanks for doing this heavy and important work."
—Beth Miller, Ph.D., Author, The Women's Book of Resilience
"Thanks Ann! I so appreciate your doing this work and plan to get some St.Lous colleagues interested. I started working on the Professional Will CD. It is fantastic. What a great service you are doing. Having the whole thing spelled out for me, with fields that I can just enter and update, makes it all seem doable. Thanks so much for doing this work!"
—Patricia Kyle Dennis, Ph.D., Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, Member Academy for Eating Disorders, Certified Group Psychotherapist, St. Louis Eating Disorders Network -
Founder and Past President

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Last Updated: March 26, 2017