Biography: Danielle Kepler, LCPC is the founder and “head insurance guru” at Be Your Own Biller, LLC, where she offers consultation to business owners, solo practioners, and non-profits local to Chicago and across the nation. Be Your Own Biller’s mission is to empower clinicians and demystify the insurance credentialing and billing world so they do not need to hire a long-term credentialing or billing service. She co-hosts a podcast dedicated to insurance credentialing and billing. In addition to consulting, she is a clinical therapist and has a private practice in downtown Chicago. She is paneled with over 30 private insurance companies/EAPs and does her own credentialing and billing.
Workshop Description: Many clinicians want to accept insurance in their practices, but shy away from it due to myths, misperceptions, and a fear of becoming overwhelmed with the process. This workshop will walk clinicians through the process step-by-step on how to panel with insurance companies and EAP panels as well as the insurance verification and billing process. Also included in this workshop is how to credential and bill if you want to expand into a group practice. The goal of this workshop is to empower clinicians and demystify the insurance process with practical and easy to follow strategies.
Risk Management for Today's Mental Health Professional
Biography: Kenneth Kessler, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science with his primary appointment being in the Psychology Department. He is currently chairman of the Clinical Counselor licensing and Disciplinary Board and is the former chairman of the Clinical Psychologist Licensing and Disciplinary Board. He has dual licensure in the state of Illinois as a Clinical Counselor and Clinical Psychologist. He has 17 years of experience in the areas of mental health licensing and regulation and has published a book chapter on the topic of professional risk management. He has given a number of invited lectures on the topic, has been retained as an expert in cases involving ethics and practice standards and teaches ethics and risk management to mental health professionals at the graduate level.
Workshop Description: Participants in this workshop will be able to:
Identify common ethical conundrums that lead to or contribute to adverse actions against mental health professionals.
Discuss strategies to address common situations that lead to adverse actions against mental health professionals.
Implement an informed risk-management strategy in their mental health practice that will reduce exposure to future adverse actions.
This three-hour workshop will review approaches to ethical issues that commonly arise in clinical practice. Topics covered in this program will include: virtual psychotherapy, boundary violations, and FOID card reporting and risk management through office policies and practice management strategies.
Sunday April 8, 2018 1pm-4pm
Sunday April 8, 2018 1pm-4pm
Opioid Recovery and Dual Diagnosis
Biography: Currently in private practice in Moline, Illinois, Patricia’s expertise in the array of behavioral health services and treatment of co-occurring disorders, primarily MH and opioid-use disorder, stems from having also held clinical leadership positions, respectively, in a hospital-based mental health outpatient clinic, an outpatient substance abuse treatment center, and an outpatient medication-assisted treatment clinic for opioid use disorder, the latter for which she still provides professional consulting and Clinical Supervision. Barely a side-note in most graduate addiction classes prior to the start of her career in 2001, opiate addiction has become a national epidemic commanding the attention of behavioral health, medical and law enforcement professionals. Patricia’s varied career has uniquely positioned her, with “hands-on” expertise, to help other professionals understand and address this growing, complex issue that’s devastating so many lives.
Workshop Description: This workshop offers practical, effective, judgment-free approaches to help overcome dual-diagnosed patients’ very complex, multi-layered barriers to wellness and healing. Come learn how to peel back the layers of dual-diagnosed patients. Discover the richness of recovery and wellness of whole individuals at the other end of the treatment spectrum. The purpose of this workshop is to address the challenges of treating patients dealing with opioid addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders in a ‘where the rubber hits the road’ manner resulting in enhanced engagement and improved outcomes.
Concepts & Best Practices in Holistic Therapeutic Approaches to
reduce Trauma & Psychological Distress and Renew Emotional Health
& Purposeful Living