Nordic Journal of Music Therapy
I could imagine adapting her [Emery Hurst's] suggestions for music therapy contexts and other populations, and therapists in other countries could learn much from Emery's strengths in self-promotion and positivity. I predict that this book will serve much like a "rough guide" when travelling. After gaining a sense of the key messages, therapists can return to relevant sections when they reach particular places in their contract work journeys.
Midwest Book Review
The Art of Business: A Guide for Creative Arts Therapists Starting on a Path to Self-Employment" provides a fine key for therapists who seek to work as independent contractors or in private practicies, and provides specifics on successful self-employment strategies and models from locating a niche to marketing and finding jobs... From handling interns to making rounds and creating assessments, this is a solid guide to any who would successfully enter the self-employment market as an arts therapist.
From the foreword by Michael A. Franklin, Ph.D., ATR-BC, Professor and Coordinator, Graduate Art Therapy Program, Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado
In this thoughtful book, Emery Mikel imagines beyond limiting career options by combining convergent and divergent creative thinking to conceive this inventive, yet practical manual for self-employment... In these challenging economic times, expressive therapists deserve to be prepared for diverse vocational opportunities. In order to achieve this goal, sound business strategies are needed. This book presents a sensible foundation for skillfully joining personal creativity, vocational aspirations, and solution-focused strategies for contract work.
Susan Rancer, Registered Music Therapist, Founder of the Bay Area Music Therapy Network
This book is very clearly written with good examples and comprehensive details describing the exact procedures of self-employment. Building a private practice is a process and you have to build it step by step. These steps are very clearly laid out by Emery Mikel.
Judith A. Rubin, Licensed Psychologist, Board-Certified Art Therapist, Author of 6 books and Editor of 9 films on art therapy, President, Expressive Media Inc.
When becoming the President of AATA in 1977 (before there was a central office) cost me 50% of my clinic job, independent contracting not only restored the lost income, but also provided me with more free time to devote to the organization. The author's directness and ethical clarity about the need for continuing supervision and thoughtful reflection should make this book a useful guide for clinicians at all stages of professional development.