Considering opening a private therapy practice, or just getting started?
We have brought together an amazing group of professionals to help you plot your course towards a thriving psychotherapy business.
The morning session will discuss the formation of your business structure including legally and ethically required components of your practice documents.
The afternoon session features a healthcare marketing expert to help you prepare to build a network for referrals and ethically market yourself as a trusted business. The day wraps up with a panel of experienced psychotherapists sharing their best advice about starting out in private practice.Objectives
- List the benefits of forming your business as a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC).
- List and differentiate legally required from ethically required components of your informed consent document.
Ross Artwhol has practiced for 19 years as a full-time therapist. He transitioned from work in university counseling centers to private practice in 2016 and is the owner of Sounder Psychotherapy in Olympia, Washington. Ross' private practice primary serves couples struggling to improve intimacy both emotionally and sexually. He also serves as a WSSCSW Board Member and provides ethics consultation to members as needed.
Frances Schopick, JD, MSW, completed her Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) at the Hunter College School of Social Work in NYC, and a Juris Doctor (JD) at the University of New Hampshire. She worked for nearly 20 years as a mental health diagnostician and clinician in agency, research and private practice. Now an attorney in Seattle, Frances works with counselors who have DOH Board complaints against them and presents on ethics issues, high conflict personalities, and understanding the role of counselors in the legal system.
- Understand the ethical considerations for social workers marketing their clinical services
Jenni Scharf has worked in the field of marketing, communications and public relations for 17 years, the past 10 in the mental health sector. She works currently as the Clinical Outreach Supervisor for a eating disorder treatment company.
Lara Okoloko, LICSW is the Interim President for the WSSCSW and is assisting with the development of materials for the ethical marketing presentation.
- Identify strategies for incorporating social justice principles in your business practices.
Diana Mena, LICSW is a first generation Nicaraguan American raised in Seattle, WA. Diana has a MSW from the University of Washington. Almost three 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 Artwhol, LICSW has practiced for 19 years as a full-time therapist. He transitioned from work in university counseling centers to private practice in 2016 and is the owner of Sounder Psychotherapy in Olympia, Washington. Ross' private practice primary serves couples struggling to improve intimacy both emotionally and sexually. He also serves as a WSSCSW Board Member and provides ethics consultation to members as needed.
Nathaniel Amos, LICSW earned his BA in English and Women’s Studies in 2008 and his MSW from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. After working in a variety of counseling settings, he relocated to Seattle in 2017 and opened and sustained a full-time private practice. He has a passion for working with survivors of complex trauma as well as being a generalist, seeing clients with a wide range of presenting issues.
5 ceu's (3.5 ethics)