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Starting and Building a 21st Century Private Practice
Ewald Conference Center
1000 Westgate Drive
St. Paul MN, 55114

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Friday, September 15, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
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Starting and Building a 21st Century Private Practice - 3 CE Credits


The registration fee for this workshop is $40 (for MPA members only).  If you are a non-member, you can join for the introductory rate of only $96 and then pay the $40 member fee.  To qualify for the introductory rate, you must never have been an member of MPA or not have been a member for at least five years.

Friday, September 15, 2017
Registration: 8:30 - 9 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

About the Program

Starting and maintaining a private practice can be overwhelming and stressful.  Dealing with matters such as rent, malpractice insurance, HIPAA compliance, managed care panels, and administrative requirements can decrease job satisfaction and interfere with providing efficient and effective clinical care.  This program will offer a nuts and bolts overview of setting up a private practice.  It will review different practice models; administrative issues such as office leases, office forms, and billing; how to work effectively with managed care; marketing and networking; and ethical considerations for private practitioners.  This workshop is for MPA members only and is at a beginning level. Non-members may join MPA at the reduced rate of $96.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify different practice models.
  2. Describe administrative tools needed to establish and maintain a practice.
  3. Apply strategies for working effectively with managed care.
  4. Describe ethical considerations for private practitioners.


8:30 - 9 a.m.  Registration and continental breakfast

9 a.m.             Introduction                                                  Margaret C. Charmoli, Ph.D., LP

                       The Joys and Perils of Private Practice     BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, Ph.D., LP

                       Administrative Issues and Marketing         Margaret C. Charmoli, Ph.D., LP

                       Working Effectively with Managed Care     Robert Van Siclen, Ph.D., LP

10:50 a.m.     Break

11:00 a.m.     Ethics and Private Practice                         Janet T. Thomas, Psy.D., LP

                        Telehealth                                                     Patrick Aleknavicius, Psy.D., LP

12:00 p.m.      Adjourn

About the Presenters

Patrick Aleknavicius, Psy.D., LP, completed his undergraduate work at Michigan State University, and his doctoral training in clinical psychology in Southern California at the Argosy University, Orange County campus.  Dr. Aleknavicius has had a wide range of training and work experiences, ranging from large hospital settings to starting a practice with his wife (and fellow psychologist).  He has developed specialization in the area of psychological testing/diagnostic assessment, ADHD, and using emergent technology in clinical practice. Dr. Aleknavicius has also been involved in the use of telehealth services for mental health practice since approximately 2010, has provided consultation to private and government organizations as they integrate telehealth into their services, and uses it regularly as a part of his private practice, Inner Fokus (www.innerfokus.com).

Margaret C. Charmoli, Ph.D., LP, is a psychologist is private practice. She received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota. She is a past president of MPA, is a former MPA representative to the APA Council of Representatives, and served on the steering committee of the Minnesota Women in Psychology.  She co-founded the MPA Private Practice Division.

BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, Ph.D., LP, earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Texas Tech University.  She is executive director of the African American Child Wellness Institute and is president of Brakins Consulting and Psychological Services, which has the mission of “providing excellent, culturally competent mental health and consultation services that meets the needs of children, adults, families and organizations.”  She is a past president of MPA and the Minnesota Association of Black Psychologists, and is Minnesota’s current representative to the APA Council of Representatives.

Janet T. Thomas, Psy.D., LP, is a psychologist in private practice in St. Paul.  She received her doctorate degree from the University of St. Thomas in counseling psychology. She is a former chair of the MPA Ethics Committee and former member of the APA Ethics Committee.  She has written extensively in professional publications about ethics. Her book The Ethics of Supervision and Consultation: Practical Guidance for Mental Health Professionals was published by APA in 2010.

Robert Van Siclen, Ph.D., LP, is in private practice in Coon Rapids where he specializes in treatment of children, adolescents and families. He received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development.  He serves as a consultant to schools, courts, and social services agencies. He is currently the chair of the MPA Payer Committee and co-chair of the MPA Private Practice Division.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

THIS IS A MEMBERS ONLY EVENT.  NOT AN MPA MEMBER?  JOIN FOR ONLY $96.  That is a savings of $199 on the Full membership rate of $295*.  This introductory rate for New & Returning Members is available to anyone who has never been an MPA member or has not been a member for at least five years.

Membership Benefits include:

  • Discounted continuing education
  • Free legal consultation (up to one hour) and discounted legal fees
  • Professional networking and connection to a community of support
  • Up-to-date news, events and articles about current topics of interest
  • Representation for legislative and regulatory issues of concern
  • Ethics consultation
  • Listserv access for information, referrals and discussion

* To qualify for Full membership you must have a master's level or higher degree in psychology and one year of experience practicing.  Further information about membership categories and rates can be found here.

Online Registration

Click here for downloadable Registration Form 

Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling free, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.

Contact: Rhea Sullivan, (952) 564-3048