4 Tips for Hiring and Onboarding Therapists at Your Practice

If you view your practice as a ship, then the employees you hire are your crew, and you’ll want to vet them carefully to ensure that they’ll navigate the waters with absolute confidence. Unfortunately, it can also be challenging to the point of frustration – especially if this process takes more than one round of hiring.

Therapists are essential crew members for many organizations, and your practice isn’t the only one trying to hire them. Streamlining your hiring and onboarding processes is key to preparing and retaining your hires.

With that, here are our top tips on how to hire and onboard therapists effectively.

Hiring Tip #1: Do Not Use Passive Hiring Techniques

An unfortunate reality of hiring in the modern era is that it has become increasingly passive on the employer’s part. On average, applications are reviewed for specific qualifications with candidates that pique interest, while others are left with radio silence. We understand that the hiring process is a time and resource-consuming endeavor, but the applicants are deserving of a response.

By issuing explanations to the applicants who did not make the cut, you prepare them to make a better impression on future applications. For those who did, engaging in a multi-step process of consistent communication will ensure that they have fewer concerns when the onboarding process begins.

Hiring Tip #2: Have Your Current Therapists Peer Review the New Hires

Science, psychology included, is based on peer review to ensure that the therapist is sound in their process. The beauty of bringing on new therapists in your practice is that you will be able to have your existing therapy staff conduct a peer review of any new candidates you are considering hiring. This way, you can determine if they are not only capable of providing therapy within regulation and have sufficient familiarity with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), but of doing so cooperatively with the therapists already hired.

Ideally, the peer review would occur before an official hire and during the interview. Doing so will allow you to assess their viability before you dedicate resources to the onboarding process.

Onboarding Tip #1: Engage in a Hands-On Training Program

Once you have hired a new therapist to the ranks of your practice, training them to the standards you espouse becomes the name of the game. However, training cannot be relegated to a five-minute conversation or PowerPoint presentation. A hands-on training approach is invaluable to minimizing confusion or misunderstandings for your newest hire.

Providing direct training under an experienced therapist who can oversee their tasks will help to prevent repeated mistakes. It will also help them get comfortable with the environment in the office.

Onboarding Tip #2: Prepare a List

One of the worst approaches to onboarding a new hire is winging it. Doing so leaves too much room for error by forgetting something or leaving out essential details that can affect how well they do their job. Ideally, preparing a list of everything that needs to be covered will help ensure everything they need to know is provided.

If you need to run them through specifics regarding paperwork, intake procedures, triage, and the like, then having those on the list will be beneficial.

Hiring With Your Head on Straight

Therapists are a commodity with the skills necessary to treat the human mind. Given the struggles we have been through in the last decade, that is a skill set that cannot go unappreciated. Finding the perfect candidate that you need to staff your clinic isn’t a task that we recommend tackling all by yourself, and assistance isn’t always optional – sometimes, it’s necessary. There is no shame in needing help once in a while, especially when attempting to satisfy a hard-to-fill role such as this one. 

HealthCare Recruiters International focuses on helping bring qualified healthcare professionals where they can be the best help. This focus extends to therapists as well. So, if you need some help to provide help, contact us today.