Life after Licensure




Life after Licensure

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April 20, 2015
6:30-8:00pm
1985 Broad St. Cranston, RI, 02905

Whether you are a newly licensed LMHC, a student looking ahead, or a seasoned counseling professional, join us for an informative, interactive discussion of careers in Mental Health Counseling.  There will be a panel of LMHCs speaking about the professional choices they have made and who or what has helped them along the way.
 
Our commentator will keep the discussion lively with questions and audience participation.



Register with Ashley at RIMHCA@gmail.com

This event is free!

1.5 CEUs available: free for RIMHCA members, $10 for nonmembers

Help your business to thrive!



The RIMHCA seminar originally scheduled for February 9, "The Business of Private Practice" has been rescheduled for April 6, 2015. RIMHCA will also be offering an additional seminar on May 4, 2015, titled "The Business of Your Practice: Setting Up For Success".  Please email  Ashley at RIMHCA@gmail.com to sign up for one or both. See below for details!
Session 1: Growing Your Own Practice: Setting Up Your Vision
April 6, 2015
8:30 – 10:30am
Topics for discussion include:
Resources   •   Marketing   •   Options   •   Networking   •   Community   •   Web Presence   •   Search Engines   •   Efficient use of your time, skills, + energy   •   Promoting

Session 2: The Business of Your Practice: Setting Up for Success
May 4, 2015
8:30 – 10:30am
Topics for discussion include:
   •   Determining the legal structure of your "business": Limited Liability Corporation or, an S corporation (what is the difference? What makes sense?)
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   Considering insurance liability and coverage
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   Tax planning and preparation
   Please register and submit other topics of discussion for both events to RIMHCA@gmail.com, presenters would love to hear your questions!

Presented by:
GIL LANTINI - PUBLISHER RI SMALL BUSINESS JOURNAL, PROVIDENCE, RI - CONSULTANT IN SOCIAL MEDIA, INTERNET MARKETING WEB PRESENCE, ETC.
MARK DEVINE - CPA, PRESIDENT OF DEVINE ACCOUNTING SERVICES, BRISTOL, RI - CONSULTANT IN SMALL BUSINESS, FINANCING, ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS AND TAXES
Both presentations are FREE to everyone!
2 CEUs each are free to RIMHCA members and $10 for nonmembers

Both of these events will be held at 1985 Broad St. Cranston, RI, 02905.

Join us for our March Conference!






One Day Conference * 2015*



“RIGHT USE OF POWER: ETHICS WITH HEART”




CEDAR BARSTOW, M.ED, C.H.T.

FOUNDER/DIRECTOR OF THE RIGHT USE OF POWER INSTITUTE, BOULDER, CO



“A dynamic, inspiring and relational approach to professional and personal ethics & empowerment



MARCH 20, 2015

RADISSON HOTEL, WARWICK RI

7:45 – 8:15 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:15am to 3:30pm

Presentation and Lunch


$79 for RIMHCA members

$109 for non-members
Registration is now closed! We look forward to seeing you at future RIMHCA events.


If you have questions regarding your membership status, please contact Ashley at RIMHCA@gmail.com



A copy of one of Cedar’s books,  Right Use of Power: Ethics with Heart, included in tuition

  6 CEUs!






SURPRISING CHALLENGES CAN EMERGE IN THE QUEST TO

exercise power ethically. The Right Use of Power is an engaging approach to ethics that recognizes the complex dynamics that come with the positions of influence and authority in the therapeutic relationship.



• Find out how to stay connected and repair conflict.

• Learn about power styles and power dynamics.

• Become clearer and more pro-active with feedback, boundaries, dual role relationships.

• Use the power spiral for ethical decision-making.

• Explore the complexities of the power differential.

• Increase your skillfulness when your impact doesn’t match your intention.

 • Understand the ethical importance of self-care.






Cedar Barstow, M.Ed., C.H.T. brings 30 years of experience as a Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapist, International Trainer and Ethics Consultant to the development of this approach to ethical compassion and wisdom.  She is the author of “Right Use of Power: The Heart of Ethics” and co-authored “Living in the Power Zone: How Right Use of Power Can Transform Your Relationships”.  She is the Ethics Topic Expert for Goodtherapy.org  and is the Director and Founder of The Right Use of Power Institute in Boulder, CO



NBCC CE Hours available for those interested.  Please indicate this by sending email to rimhca@gmail.com.  Hakomi Institute is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPtm) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.  The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  (N.B.C.C. Provider #5476)



Cancellation policy:  full refund 30 days before conference date.  Partial refund 14 days prior.  No refund 13-0 days before conference.


 


We ask that you help support a fragrance-free environment by refraining from using strongly scented personal products prior to attending our RIMHCA event.  Thank you for your cooperation and care to those with this sensitivity.

Newsletter Article – March 2015

Out-Of-Network Insurance Options

You may be able to broaden your client base and help out your clients by working for them as an out-of-network provider.  Be aware that not all insurance plans offer out-of-network benefits to those they insure, and those that do offer that provision may have restrictions about what types of providers they will consider acceptable.   it is very important you speak directly with the insurance company to get the information you need to educate you and  your client about this benefit.

When a new client calls me and I don’t take their insurance, I offer to call their insurance company to find out their out-of-network coverage.  I get the client’s full name, date of birth, insurance ID number, and the insurance company’s contact number from the back of the benefit card.  With this, I have what I need to call the insurance company.

Sometimes I’m told outright that there is no out-of-network insurance.  Other times, I’m told the client has the same benefit for out-of-network as it is with in-network providers.  Most often however, I’m told that the client has an out-of-network deductible and then a co-insurance.

For example, you may be told that your potential client’s out-of-network benefit carries a $500 deductible and after that is me, there is a 25% co insurance for each session. Let’s say your fee is $100/session.  There may be variations depending on insurance company rules, but here is an example of how it might work:

1.     You collect $100 for the first five sessions (to satisfy the $500 deductible), and you send a bill to the insurance company for each of those sessions
2.     Starting with session 6 (since the deductible has been met), you would start collecting $25 co insurance per session; you send the bills to the insurance company and expect a $75 payment from the insurance company for these sessions

Again, be aware that reimbursement rates may vary, and not all insurance companies will reimburse the out-of-network provider directly.  Rather, they will reimburse the client.  In that case, you may want to consider collecting from the client in full for every session and then just do the billing so the client can collect the out-of-network reimbursement.

Because there are so many variables, it is extremely important you get all of the information upfront directly from the insurance company before you see the client.  All of this might sound confusing, but once you have accurate information and you get into the swing of things, you’ll see it is not too difficult.  You will have to determine if your effort is worth the benefit of increasing your client pool and helping your clients take advantage of benefits for which they are paying.



Deb Legge, PhD CRC LMHC

Dr. Legge is known nationally as “The Private Practice Mentor”.  Deb helps mental health professionals make more money in private practice and she is licensed to teach Michael Port’s Book Yourself Solid® marketing system for service professionals.  Her work has been featured by ACA, Counseling Today, AMHCA, ACA-NY, and in her website, InfluentialTherapist.com.   For more information about how to get more clients and referrals, download her free Rapid Referrals Report:  www.InfluentialTherapist.com/rapid