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Friday, October 22 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Private Practice: A Guide to Building Your Own Business

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Within this workshop we will present information regarding the process of starting a Private Practice as a Pre-Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Hawaii.  This information is applicable to pre-licensed and licensed social workers, psychologists, and marriage and family therapists.  Presenters will discuss the process of establishing their businesses which seek to provide mental health therapy services to individuals, couples, and families in Hawaii, at an affordable rate.  Some topics covered in the presentation include: required paperwork and forms for submitting a business application in Hawaii, considerations for structuring your business (individual practice vs. shared practice, LLC vs. S-Corp), marketing, advertising and networking, payment and billing options (client self-pay vs. insurance), and HIPAA compliant telehealth providers vs. in-person services.  Participants will gain a better understanding of some of the benefits as well as the challenges that may become apparent when considering private practice, as opposed to working for a local agency, or a contracted clinician.  

Learning objectives:
  • Participants will learn about marketing and advertising strategies (i.e., generating referral sources to build client load, utilizing social media and search engines to advertise services)
  • Participants will become familiar with the logistics of the legal paperwork required for filing to start a business in Hawaii (taking into consideration: business name, business plan and structure, partnership vs. solely owned, LLC vs. S-Corp).
  • Participants will explore the benefits of telehealth vs. in-person services
  • Participants will review the state requirements to become licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist or Licensed Clinical Social Worker and get a better understanding of the limitations of working as a pre-licensed clinician

The evaluation/CE request form for this program can be found HERE.

Speakers
avatar for Dominique Bale, PsyD

Dominique Bale, PsyD

Dr. Dominique Bale is a Licensed Psychologist practicing in Kapolei, Hawaii and is the co-owner of Sakura Center for Psychological Assessment and Therapy. The practice has been open since 2018 and provides a combination of psychological assessment and therapy services with a primary... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Chow

Daniel Chow

Therapist, Hawaii Therapeutic Partners
Daniel graduated with his BA in Economics from UH Mānoa before moving on to complete his MS in Counseling Psychology from Chaminade University. His experience includes working as a behavioral support for children in the school setting, men recovering from addiction, and adults who... Read More →
avatar for Lena Jones, LCSW

Lena Jones, LCSW

Lena obtained her Masters of Social Work from the University of Hawai’i, at Manoa and has been practicing professionally for over 20 years. She has worked in behavioral health in a variety of community settings on Oahu including The Queen’s Medical Center, the Windward Oahu Community... Read More →
avatar for Micah Kobayashi

Micah Kobayashi

Therapist, Hawaii Therapeutic Partners
Micah graduated from UH Mānoa with his BA in Psychology. He then received his MS in Counseling Psychology from Chaminade University in 2020 with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. His background includes working with high-need families, sexually abused adolescents, spouses... Read More →
avatar for Leena Mohapatra, PhD

Leena Mohapatra, PhD

Dr. Leena Mohapatra is a clinical neuropsychologist who recently started her private practice in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Mohapatra has broad expertise working within hospitals, schools, and community settings conducting neuropsychological assessments, and providing consultations and... Read More →
avatar for Colin Moore

Colin Moore

Co-Founder, Hawaii Therapeutic Partners
Colin graduated from UH Mānoa in 2017 with a bachelor’s in Psychology and American Studies. He went on to receive his masters in Counseling Psychology from Chaminade University of Hawaii in 2020 with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. His background includes working with... Read More →
avatar for Janet Thomas, PsyD

Janet Thomas, PsyD

Dr. Janet Thomas is a Clinical Psychologist practicing in Kapolei, Hawai’i and is the co-owner of Sakura Center for Psychological Assessment and Therapy. The practice has been open since 2018 and provides a combination of psychological assessment and therapy services with a primary... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm HST
Room 5
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