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Workshop: Getting Started In Private Practice

Saturday, August 10, 2019, 9:00 AM until 2:30 PM
1776 S Jackson St - Basement Conference Room B
1776 S Jackson St
Denver, CO  80210

Elizabeth Conover
720-588-8375 (p)
CSCSW Workshops & Conferences
Registration is required before Friday, August 09, 2019
Payment In Full In Advance Only

This workshop is for social workers who are interested in starting a private practice or those who are already in private practice and feel they could use some support in the process. 4 CEUs included - just in time for 2019 license renewal.

Workshop will cover:

  • Navigating DORA and Ethical Practice Standards, with Elizabeth Schulte, LCSW
  • "Building a Solid Foundation for your Practice", with Balin Anderson, LCSW
  • "Why Should I Write a Business Plan?", with Sari Surkis, LCSW, MBA
  • Ethical Use of Social Media in Private Practice, with Bethany Raab, LCSW
  • Guided Exercise on Values and Goals
  • Panel on Post-Graduate Education and Community Support for Clinicians in Private Practice

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided during Registration (9 - 9:15 am). The schedule will also include a break for lunch. Attendees may bring a lunch or purchase lunch nearby.

About the Speakers:

Elizabeth Schulte, LCSW
Navigating DORA and Ethical Practice Standards

Liz Schulte will be presenting on ethical standards of practice and how private practitioners can navigate DoRA with the least amount of stress and anxiety possible.

She is an MSW graduate of DU GSSW, an LCSW in the State of Colorado, and she is currently working towards her PhD in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work. Liz has been a clinical social worker for over 15 years, and has been in private practice since 2012 working with individuals across the life-span. She is the Chair of the NASW-CO Practice Standards Committee, a volunteer committee that drafts guidelines for social workers in Colorado to help them navigate clinical, ethical, and statutory issues in their practice, and is currently the President of the Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work. As part of her private practice Liz supervises first and second year social work interns, supervises social workers working towards licensure in Colorado, and provides post-licensure consultation to social workers in support of their clinical practice. She is also a former accountant and consults with mental health professionals to help them organize the financial aspects of their private practice.

Balin Anderson, LCSW
"Building a Solid Foundation for your Practice"

Balin Anderson will be talking with you about the logistics of starting a private practice. She's wonderfully detail-oriented AND she has started a private practice in two different states, so you can bet she knows her stuff!

She graduated from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Following five years of clinical social work in the field of reproductive health care, she launched her private psychotherapy practice in New York City. Balin’s clinical focus is providing psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapy to adolescents and adults. She is also trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Balin is an adjunct faculty member at GSSW @ DU, where she teaches in the mental health concentration. She serves as the Membership Chair for CSCSW and as a member of the joint NASW and CSCSW Practice Standards Committee. Balin is excited to share with you some of her tips for establishing a solid foundation for your clinical social work practice.

Sari Surkis, LCSW, MBA
"Why Should I Write a Business Plan?"

Sari Surkis is a social worker and businesswoman who will be sharing about business plans. She presents about this topic for the NASW private practice group every year and we learn something new every time!

Sari Surkis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who manages a Clinical team at Jefferson Center that provides outpatient mental health services to clients with private insurance and Medicare across their lifespan on a variety of emotional issues. Sari knows how difficult it is to create a private practice and keep it going. She is a founding member of the NASW Private Practice Committee and continues to facilitate this group several times a year. Sari was in solo private practice for 3 years until she was tapped to lead a group of Clinicians and grow the private practice team at Jefferson Center. Sari's passion is to talk about the business of running a private practice at a profit.

Sari holds a Bachelor in Accounting from Pace University, a Masters in Business Administration from Phoenix University Online and a Masters in Social Work from CUNY Hunter College of Social Work.

Bethany Raab, LCSW
Ethical Use of Social Media in Private Practice

Bethany is a DU GSSW graduate who has been in private practice in Denver for 7 years. Her clinical focus is adolescents and their families. She also provides supervision for social workers pursuing their LCSW. Bethany is an Education Committee Co-Chair for CSCSW and Co-Chair of the NASW Private Practice Group. She loves social media and all of the good and interesting content it has to offer the world. (TBH, she gets infuriated by it, too.) She's the voice behind the CSCSW Facebook page and Instagram account. She is excited to talk with participants about how to ethically incorporate social media use into a private practice.

Adam Nowicki, LCSW, LAC

Adam Nowicki will be kicking off our workshop. He will offer some opening thoughts and then you'll see him again as the panel moderator in the afternoon!

Adam Nowicki is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) in the State of Colorado. He has over 15 years of experience as a helper in the field of mental health and substance abuse. Adam has worked with children, teens, adults, and families, helping them to recover and lead fulfilling lives. Adam is currently the owner and primary therapist of Level Up! Counseling & Consulting and the chair of the Awards & Scholarship committee with CSCSW.

Feliz Fraser-Solak, LCSW
Post-Graduate Education and Community Support Panelist

Felicidad (Feliz) Fraser-Solak will be sitting on our panel of community professionals. She is the current President of NASW-Colorado and is active in the Association of Black Social Workers. She will share what these organizations offer to support social workers in private practice!

She is a proud Native New Yorker who has been loving and living in Colorado for the past 20 years. She is an LCSW. She attended Metro for undergrad, and DU for graduate school in social work. Feliz is also working on pursuing her DSW from Tulane University. She is the President of the board of NASW-CO, a member of the ABSW (Association of Black Social Workers), and Give An Hour. If she had to label herself in one word, it would be ADVOCATE, though she prefers no labels at all. In her spare time (I mean really, what social worker has spare time?), she cooks food for the hungry, and loves to Karaoke (you can find her busting out a tune anywhere there is music).

Stacey Fry, PsyD
Post-Graduate Education and Community Support Panelist

Dr. Stacey Fry is a licensed psychologist and is a board-certified psychoanalyst with the American Board for Psychoanalysis. She has been in private practice for over twenty years treating adults, adolescents and couples. Currently, Stacey is the Director for the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis and is a Training and Supervising analyst and an Associate Faculty Member for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado.

Brittany Bouffard, LCSW, CYT
Post-Graduate Education and Community Support Panelist

Brittany has worked at universities and nonprofits on three continents, and has run her private practice for two years. In “PP” she helps authentic professionals struggling with enoughness, trauma, & grief, and works in similar ways with Middle Eastern refugees. And loves incorporating Somatic Experiencing and yoga into therapy groups! She graduated many moons ago from the UT-Austin SSW, completed a post-graduate fellowship at the University of Michigan, and currently works at CU Denver’s Counseling Center. Brittany co-facilitates the NASW-CO Private Practice meet up and enjoys everything modern PP culture— especially podcasts and WordPress— and is excited to talk training & support with attendees of the workshop.

Lindsay Hanson, LCSW
Post-Graduate Education and Community Support Panelist

Lindsay Hanson, LCSW, is an expert trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy and will be ready to answer questions from participants interested in this modality! She graduated with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver in 2009. She provided individual therapy to adults at Aurora Mental Health Center and then moved on to the VA Hospital where she worked with homeless veterans and in psychiatric emergency. She attended a 2 year post-graduated training in marriage and family therapy at Denver Family Institute. Lindsay is currently in private practice. She focuses on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with couples, is certified in this therapy and is a supervisor candidate. She was first introduced to EFT at Denver Family Institute and felt most drawn to the deep emotional, vulnerable work this type of therapy encourages.

Darin Wallis, PhD, LCSW, LMFT, CACIII, AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor
Post-Graduate Education and Community Support Panelist

Darin Wallis, PhD, is the current Interim Executive Director of the Denver Family Institute and will be speaking about opportunities DFI provides to clinicians. Dr. Wallis is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work and an Affiliate Faculty at Regis University in their Master’s in Marriage & Family Therapy program. Darin also teaches and is a clinical supervisor at Denver Family Institute where he is the current Interim Executive Director. He received his MSW from Colorado State University in 2003, his post-graduate certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy from Denver Family Institute in 2005, and his PhD in Social Work from the University of Denver in 2013. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage & Family Therapy (LMFT), a Certified Addictions Counselor III (CACIII), an American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT) Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor. Darin is the Past President of the Colorado Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, is the Past Chair of the Council of Division Presidents for AAMFT, and a Past Director on the National Board of AAMFT. Dr. Wallis is the owner of the Colorado Center for Couples & Family Therapy Denver and is also part of the group practice at Denver Family Therapy Center. Darin is also one of the founding members of the Colorado Center for Applied Systemic Thinking (CoCAST), which trains therapists on systemic/relational therapies and supervision

Ryan Kennedy, PsyD, LAC, LMFT, LPC, ACS
Post-Graduate Education and Community Support Panelist

Ryan Kennedy, PsyD, LAC, LMFT, LPC, ACS is the Founder and Executive Director of Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute in Denver, Colorado and also serves as the Training Director for its Center for Professional Development. Formerly he served for 18 years as core faculty in the MA Somatic Counseling Psychology degree program at Naropa University. He has practiced as a psychotherapist in a broad range of psychiatric and addiction recovery treatment settings since 1993 and as a clinical supervisor and counselor educator since 1996. His clinical training is in the areas of chronic and persistent mental illness, psychiatric nursing and psychopharmacology, trauma and dissociative disorders, addictions and recovery, domestic and family violence, and living with life-threatening illnesses. Dr. Kennedy also has an extensive background in the administrative and business aspects of managing successful academic and community mental health programs and loves to share this experience with mental health professionals and students.

Parking Information:
Free all-day street parking is available on East Montana Ave and on Garfield Street. Free two-hour street parking is available on South Jackson Street and in the west parking lot (accessible parking is also available).