Private Practice for New Professionals: What You Need to Know to Get Started

Friday Feb. 26, 2016 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


Most of us want to go into private practice to help others achieve peace and happiness in their lives. And perhaps to work independently rather than for someone else. We bring our considerable clinical skills into this venture, but it is important to also remember that a private practice is a business. And as sole practitioners, we need support, supervision, and great self-care skills in order to maintain a successful practice over time. In this workshop, regional area experts will present on topics related to the “nuts and bolts” of setting up and maintaining a successful private practice in the helping professions.

Topics include:

  • Business aspects of private practice
  • Marketing your practice
  • Obtaining supervision and support
  • Ethical and legal issues

Faculty for this conference include:

Laura Groshong*Laura Groshong, MA, LICSW, has a private practice in Seattle, Washington. She is Director of Government Relations for the Clinical Social Work Association, and a registered lobbyist in Washington for five groups. She presents and writes frequently on the intersection between mental health practice and statutory regulation and clinical issues in practice.

Marianne Marlow*Marianne Marlow, MA, LMHC is a mental health counselor and advanced clinical hypnotherapist working in private practice in Bellevue, Washington, with individuals, couples, families and groups integrating traditional and alternative methods of treatment. She is also a dynamic presenter and trainer and the Co-Secretary of the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.

Reid Stell*Reid Stell received his MA in Counseling Psychology from City U in 2010, and his BA in Business Administration (marketing emphasis) from UW in 1977. His private practice offices are in Seattle and Kirkland. A longtime member of the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association, he also serves as their Executive Director.

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