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Considerations for Private Practice

  • February 09, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  • University of Washington, School of Social Work, Rm 305A/B
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Proudly co-sponsored by The Coalition of Mental Health Professionals & Consumers and WSSCSW. This workshop brings a panel of experienced psychotherapists to share their best advice and answer questions about starting out in private practice. Following the panel is a presentation on ethical marketing practices as you grow your practice.

1. Identify two strengths/ talents needed for a successful private practice.
2. Identify two marketing strategies that promote a successful private practice.

Instructors – Part 1 panel members

Karen Hansen, LICSW has been in private practice 35 years in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. She sees individual and couples for developmental trauma and treatment for anxiety and depression. She also offers Approved Supervision. She is a graduate of the UW School of Social Work, and has pursued her post graduate clinical training in Object Relations, Family Therapy, and Somatic Transformation work. Karen is a past president of the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work, and a past board member of the Clinical Social Work Association.  

Diana Mena, LICSW is a first generation Nicaraguan American raised in Seattle, WA. Diana has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington. Almost two years ago she became the proud owner of her private practice, Esperanza Counseling & Consulting, LLC where she focuses on interpersonal violence and trauma, cross-cultural issues of identity, and the psychological consequences of oppression. She provides consultation on issues of race and social justice with the hope of leaving a better world for the next seven generations

Ross Artwohl, LICSW is a clinical social worker with 18 years’ experience as a college counseling center therapist and clinical supervisor in Colorado. Ross specializes in couples therapy using a Bowenian approach and the treatment of anxiety/trauma using a Gestalt framework. Ross began his private practice two years ago after moving to Olympia, Washington.

Shirley Bonney, LICSW
has been a clinical social worker for 43 years and began practicing as a post graduate fellow at the Menninger School of Psychiatry. She moved to Seattle and began private practice in 1982, before social workers even had certification. She sees late adolescents and adults, individuals and couples/families, and does clinical supervision.

Melissa Wood-Brewster, LICSW
received her MSW in 1998 from Bryn Mawr College. She spent 5 years working at Sound Mental Health in their Deaf Services Program, supporting deaf and hard of hearing children and adults and their family members.  She has now been in private practice for 14 years and continues to specialize in working with deaf adults as well as with loved ones of addicts.

Instructor – Part 2 Ethical Marketing
Shea Fitzgerald, of Hive Consulting Group, earned a Masters of Arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Systems Theory. She specializes in human behavior and complex systems as they relate to business development. Shea works with clients in behavioral health organizations to work towards long-lasting and self-sustaining business development and marketing strategies.

CEU's Offered

3 ceu's, including 1.5 ethics


Friday, February 9, 2018
Registration Opens: 8:30am
Program: 9:00am - 12:15pm

Meeting Location
UW School of Social Work, Room #305 A
4101 15th Ave. NE,   Seattle, WA  98105

The School of Social Work is on the corner of 41st and 15th Avenue N.E. in the University District, directly across from the Meany Parking Garage.

Parking is readily available on the street, in the parking garage, or on street level parking lots.

Refund Policy
Fees may be refunded minus a $20 administrative charge and any online payment fees, up to two weeks prior to the meeting date: Friday, January 26, 2018. No refunds given after this date.

WSSCSW allows registration without payment two weeks prior to an event. If payment is not received one week prior to an event, registration will be cancelled.


**If you register and are unable to attend, please keep us informed so we can properly adjust our reservation. It is important as we engage in the community WSSCSW is regarded as good stewards of the places that we meet.

Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work
14201 SE Petrovitsky Rd Ste A3-269 Renton, WA 98058 •

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