IMHCA workshops and trainings provide for CEs through Licensure with IDFPR.
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Norman C. Dasenbrook, MS, LCPC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has over 35 years’ experience in the fields of mental health, consulting, teaching, business and alternative dispute resolution processes. He served as a consultant to the American Counseling Association on Private Practice Issues. He and Robert Walsh launched ACA’s Private Practice Initiative.
Norm has been providing practice coaching, consulting services and presenting his workshop, “Starting, Maintaining and Expanding a Successful Private Practice: Surviving or Thriving?” nationally for over 20 years. He has authored one of the leading books on private practice, “The Complete Guide to Private Practice for Licensed Mental Health Professionals.” He has just released his latest book, “After 40 Years in Therapy: What Have I Learned? Why We Do What We Do & What To Do About It”, Crysand Press (www.counseling-privatepractice.com). Norm also co-authored “Harnessing the Power of Conflict: Leading, Learning and Living” 2003, Crysand Press.
He is Past President of the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association, served on the Governing Council for the Illinois Counseling Association, and winner of the Distinguished Service Award. He is a member of American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association, Illinois Counseling Association and Illinois Mental Health Counselor Association.
Norm has extensive experience consulting for businesses, industry, and healthcare. Lecturer, trainer and consultant, Norm is a clinician who maintains a private practice in individual, marriage and family counseling in Rockford, Illinois.
Jonathan has been practicing law since his admittance in 1992. Jonathan is what everyone who wants a divorce is looking for–the perfect hybrid of a Pit Bull and a teddy bear. With over 22 years of family law and mental health expertise, Jonathan is a trial lawyer who has been especially successful in: complex divorces with child custody disputes, high asset cases, father’s rights, post decree modifications, and mental health issues.
Jonathan is an out-of-the-box thinker with the philosophy of, “We can do this the easy way, or we can do this the hard way.” He is ready for either. While Jonathan prefers to find a middle ground that works best for everyone, he has little tolerance for the games and mudslinging that is typical in divorce situations.
Jonathan has proven that he is able to dominate the most complex cases with superior knowledge of law and procedure. His reputation and skill have earned him the title of Superlawyer in 2015. Jonathan and his staff were recently featured in Chicago Magazine. Jonathan was also formerly featured in Vogue Magazine.
Jonathan is considered one of the few lawyers in Illinois with a concentration in mental health law. Jonathan and his Mother, Attorney Sandra Nye, were partnered until last year, when Sandra retired from the practice of law. Both Jonathan and Sandra have consulted for the US State Department with regard to the US position on certain treaties and conventions. Sandra actually traveled to the Hague and United Nations and participated in the process. Jonathan is often called upon by Judges, attorneys, agencies, associates, and clients for advice, and is a guest speaker at events, throughout the year, on these subjects.
Jonathan is an extremely proud Father to two grown children. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys boating on Lake Michigan.
Danielle Kepler, LCPC is the founder and “head insurance guru” at Be Your Own Biller, LLC, where she offers consultation to group practice 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 owns DK Therapy, LLC, a group private practice in downtown Chicago. She has recently became a Certified Gottman Therapist and is currently working towards EMDR certification. Her group is paneled with over 30 private insurance companies/EAPs and she does her own credentialing and billing for the group practice.
KASA Practice Solutions offers comprehensive practice management services and software to behavioral health providers. Through our HIPAA compliant EHR platform, our team can provide full service billing, benefit verification services, insurance credentialing, and live phone answering support to practices of all sizes
TherapySites provides digital marketing solutions to help you build a thriving practice. Our websites are cost-effective, easy to launch, and stress-free to maintain. We bundle all the necessary features and services into an all-inclusive package and our helpful, knowledgeable customer care team is always here to help.
Joyce Marter has been a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor since 1998 and is the Founder of Urban Balance, a counseling practice she started and grew to over 100 clinicians working from ten locations in three states during her 13-year tenure as CEO. Marter successfully sold Urban Balance in 2017 to Refresh Mental Health, which owns and operates premier practices across the country. She maintains a limited practice at Urban Balance, is a Clinical Consultant at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, and is the Chief Brand Ambassador and a shareholder of Refresh Mental Health.
With a passion for advocating for the profession, Marter is the Chair of the Midwest Region of the American Counseling Association, a Past-President of the Illinois Counseling Association, and a two-term Past-President of the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association.
Marter is a national keynote speaker, corporate trainer, and continuing education facilitator for corporations, universities and professional associations. She is a blogger for PsychCentral, Spirituality & Health, and The Huffington Post and is routinely consulted as a counseling expert in the media, featured in such outlets as The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, CNN, Real Simple Magazine and MTV.
Jennifer Froemel has been a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor since 1998 and is the Founder of Innovative Counseling Partners, LLC, a counseling practice she started in 2014 and presently has 30+ clinicians working from six locations. Froemel maintains a full caseload and serves as the Clinical Director of the practice. In addition, Froemel is also a Clinical Supervisor for The Family Institute at Northwestern University, Adler, and National Louis University.
Froemel has been advocating for the profession within the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association since 2007, and is two-term Past-President of the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association. Froemel also serves on the board of the Community Mental Health Program at Adler University. She also provides training to community organizations ensconced in violence and poverty to better serve that population. Her organization also provides free services to low-income communities.
served as a expert consultant regarding matters of mental health on Hoy TV and
WTTW Channel 11 and The Cristina Show on Radio 105.1FM. She gives consults
regularly on how to address the Latino community in treatment. She has also
worked with the Chicago Archdiocese on cases of pastoral sexual abuse.
Alexandra Hoerr opened her private practice in the spring of 2017, now being in the mental health field for over 7 years. Since starting as a solo practitioner, she has grown the business and quickly transitioned to a group practice. Along with her clinical work seeing clients, she does public speaking and consulting work to equip others in opening and growing their own private practice.
Rachel Gorsuch, BA- IMHCA Social Media Staff
Title: The Next Step to Expansion
Time: Sunday, September 15, 2019
Description: Whatever your vision for your private practice, what would be the next step? Do you want to keep your day job and have a “limited” (never say part-time; you wouldn’t go to a part-time neurologist!) practice a couple of nights a week or a weekend? Maybe a small solo or group practice? Or is your vision a large multi-disciplinary practice with multiple locations that you could someday sell to private equity, venture capital or other investors?
The panelists will discuss their journeys in private practice and detail what worked (and didn’t work!) for them. Practical advice on how to put all the information gathered from the IMHCA 5-day boot camp into practice will be provided. Ample time will be allotted for Q & A to help you prepare for the next step!!!
Billing and Paneling
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.
● Myths about accepting insurance
● How to get started when accepting insurance
● The credentialing and contracting process● How to get on a closed panel ● Insurance benefit verification
● How to get started with insurance billing as a solo practitioner
● How to request rate increases
● Expanding your practice--credentialing and billing for a group practice