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How to Build Your Private Practice

  • 07 Jun 2021
  • 22 Jun 2021
  • 3 sessions
  • 07 Jun 2021, 12:00 PM (EDT) 08 Jun 2021, 1:30 AM (EDT)
  • 14 Jun 2021, 12:00 PM (EDT) 15 Jun 2021, 1:30 AM (EDT)
  • 21 Jun 2021, 12:00 PM (EDT) 22 Jun 2021, 1:30 AM (EDT)
  • Online ZOOM


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Join us for a 3-session Workshop on
How to Build Your Private Practice

June 7, 14, 21 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. EST

Instructor: Lisa Savage Phillips, MSW, LCSW

Target Audience: social workers, mental health professionals
Content level: beginner, intermediate, advanced

4.5 Continuing Education credits 


How to Build Your Private Practice is a three session workshop for early, mid-career or later career clinical practitioners who want to learn more about  building a successful solo or group practice.  

Day One - June 7, 2021: Private Practice Isn’t for Everyone

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the importance of focusing on your ‘why’
  2. Describe private practice business basics and necessities 
  3. Distinguish the difference between insurance vs. private pay considerations as well as the pros/cons of each
  4. Understand entity establishment
  5. Describe how to get paneled with insurance companies

Day Two - June 14, 2021: Establishing Your Niche (specialty)

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe their own specialty or niche focus
  2. Understand how to market their practice
  3. Define the necessary infrastructure and systems needed for their practice

Day Three - June 21, 2021: Moving from solo to a group practice as a way to expand your brand and reduce your stress

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Determine whether building a group practice may be appropriate for them
  2. Understand and describe the steps for moving into a solo practice
  3. Appreciate ways they can expand their brand while also reducing stress related to their practice

    About the Instructor

    Lisa Savage Phillips, MSW, LCSW is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Her focus of study was on health and mental health. Most of her career has been focused on the provision of quality health care to underserved and poor communities. She began her career in Philadelphia working in the community to provide direct service and education to people affected by HIV.

    Ms. Savage is a strong proponent of ‘taking services’ to people in their communities. To that end, she began working in schools and other community settings. Over the past ten years, she has expanded her services to schools and opened the Center for Child Development, which focuses solely on the provision of mental health services to children and families in the school setting. Ms. Savage completed a two-year training and research program with the University of Maryland that allows her to use evidence-based treatment protocols to improve the outcomes for mental health service provision. She has successfully grown this practice to being the largest Black-owned practice in the country serving children and teens.

    Additionally, Lisa is the co-founder of Clinicians of Color, LLC, an online platform that provides guidance, resources, and support to BIPOC providers and clinicians. Clinicians of Color also engages in advocacy work to improve access to mental health services. One of the new initiatives is a mental health directory to assist Black and Brown communities in finding easier access to providers who represent their cultures.

    Course interaction & system requirements

    This live webinar is fully interactive. Attendees may ask and answer questions throughout the presentation and participate in instructor-led discussions. 

    Fee & Registration 


     Regular Registration
     CSWA Member  $140.00 - ALL THREE SESSIONS or $59 per session
     Non Member  $185.00  - ALL THREE SESSIONS or $69 per session

    Cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to the live webinar to receive a refund. Each registered participant will receive log-in information via email from  prior to the Webinar.

    Course Completion & CE Info

    To earn 4.5 CE credit, must log in at the scheduled time, and attend the entire course. Attendees will receive a Post-test/Evaluation/Certificate follow-up email after the completion of the program to obtain CE credit. 

    Clinical Social Work Association, provider #1719, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Board (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Clinical Social Work Association maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/27/20 – 08/27/23. Clinical Social Workers completing this course will receive 9 clinical continuing education credit after passing the post-test.

    System Requirements to Participate

    On a PC:
    Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox 34, Google Chrome 39 (JavaScript enabled) or the latest version of each web browser
    Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 or later
    Cable modem, DSL or better Internet connection (1 Mbps or faster)
    Dual-core 2.4GHz CPU or faster with 2GB or more of RAM

    On a Mac:

    Safari 6, Firefox 34, Google Chrome 39 (JavaScript enabled) or the latest version of each web browser
    Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer
    Cable modem, DSL or better Internet connection (1 Mbps or faster)
    Intel processor (2GB of RAM or better)

    Participants wishing to connect to audio using VoIP a microphone and speakers. (A USB headset is recommended.)

    On an iPad, iPhone, Android or Windows mobile device:
    Free Zoom at ; WiFi connection recommended for VoIP audio


    For questions or concerns, or to request special accommodations, please call 202-599-8443. Or email

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    Garrisonville, Virginia  22463

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