Building a Private Practice Workshop Series

Workshop Descriptions

Session 1

Private Practice: Creating A Vision, Annual Planning & Goal Setting

(Wednesday April 6)

This workshop will give Canadian mental health practitioners a comprehensive overview of what it takes to envision, create and run a thriving private practice. Whether they are planning to launch a private practice soon or have been in private practice for several years, participants will learn what it takes to build a practice that works for both them and their clients, allows them to create the lifestyle they’ve been longing for, and helps them find the work-life balance they’ve been seeking. Participants will learn how to adopt the right mindset to run a thriving business, how to create a comprehensive vision, and how to engage in effective annual, quarterly, and monthly goal setting. They will leave with a better understanding of how to plan for the year ahead and focus on the right tasks that will truly take their lives and businesses to the next level. Includes a live Q&A session.

Click here to read an article by Christine Hakkola dispelling some common myths about going into private practice.

Session 2

Marketing for therapists: How to attract the right clients

(Wednesday April 13)

Designed for Canadian mental health practitioners who are either in private practice or planning to launch soon, this webinar will teach the basic principles of effective marketing so participants can fill their practices with the right clients. Participants will learn about the importance of nicheing, how to effectively market to multiple niches, the principles of writing effective marketing copy, how to conduct an effective intake session, how to identify effective referral sources, and how to find new opportunities so they can fill their practices fast! Includes a live Q&A session.

Click here to read an article by Christine Hakkola listing some readily available tools that make marketing easy.

Session 3

Virtual Therapy: Assessing “right fit” and understanding the practical, legal and ethical considerations for online sessions

(Wednesday April 20)

Participants in this workshop will learn about the benefits and downsides of virtual therapy, both as a practitioner and from the client perspective. For Canadian mental health practitioners, understanding when and how virtual therapy can benefit practitioners and clients alike is a key professional skill. Participants will learn how to assess which clients are a right fit for virtual therapy, and what practical, legal and ethical considerations they need to know. They will also learn about practical components, such as effective technology setup -- including equipment, lighting and background -- and how to instruct clients to get the most out of their online sessions. This workshop is appropriate for those currently in private practice and those who are planning to launch soon. Includes a live Q&A session.

Click here to read an article by Christine Hakkola on how to set up a virtual therapy office in your home.

Session 4

Business for mental health practitioners: How to seamlessly operate the behind-the-scenes of a private practice

(Wednesday April 27)

Whether participants are already in private practice or thinking about starting one, this workshop will help them understand how to differentiate the role of mental health practitioner from that of business owner so they can increase their confidence and decrease stress. Most Canadian mental health practitioners weren’t taught about the business of running a private practice in their degree program. Many in private practice struggle to find a balance between their role as a service provider and the steep learning curve of being a business owner. Without the knowledge of how to properly set and enforce policies and operating procedures, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and burnt out. Participants will learn the key components of operating a business with ease—how to navigate the dual role of mental health practitioner and business owner, what critical pieces they should have in place to reduce administrative stress, how to adopt a mindset of “automate or delegate,” and how to create the work-life balance they’ve been seeking. Includes a live Q&A session.

Click here to read an article by Christine Hakkola on how to review and evaluate how your business is doing, and identify opportunities for growth and improvement.

Information About The Facilitator

Christine Hakkola

Christine Hakkola is the founder of Build Your Private Practice, the central hub for Canadian mental health practitioners to learn how to launch and grow thriving private practices. Christine holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University and BA in Psychology from Queen’s University. She is a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the CCPA and former Registered Psychotherapist with the CRPO. With a background in consulting, real estate, recreational management and leadership, she launched a highly successful private practice in 2016 and quickly began helping her colleagues do the same.

Today, Christine leads a team of business coaches and support staff, serving a community of 3000+ Canadian Mental Health practitioners with self-study courses, group membership programs and private coaching, and regularly teaches on the business of private practice. She is a fierce entrepreneur-at-heart who is dedicated to helping her colleagues and peers create businesses that serve their clients, while bringing them freedom, flexibility and joy. Christine is a devoted wife and mother, an ocean-lover and coffee-fiend. She lives in Maine with her wife, daughter and their Lhasa Apso, Beowulf.

Details


Program Information

Cost:

  • Members: $35/session, $120 for the full series (15% discount)
  • Non-members: $50/session, $180 for the full series (10% discount)

CECs: 1.5/session, 6 for the full series

Dates:  

  • Wednesday April 6, 2022 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Wednesday April 13, 2022 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Registration

Registration for each workshop will close at noon the day before the workshop

Non OAMHP Members

OAMHP Members can register through the Member's Portal