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5 Day Extensive Boot Camp

Private Practice
Sept 11-15, 2019


American Society of Anesthesiologists
1061 American Ln, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Get your practice kick started. Take your practice to the next level.

Find out what you can accomplish. Take the jump into being your own boss.
For over 15 years IMHCA has been training hundreds of counselors, social workers and psychologists.

Boot Camp will take our training to a higher level.
An array of talented experts will share information that will inspire you and get you started on the path to a successful practice.


Hotel Sleeping rooms @ $89/night plus tax.
Hyatt House Chicago/Schaumburg
1251 American Lane, Schaumburg, IL 60173, USA
Direct +1 847 706-9007  

Reservations can be made by individuals before Sunday, August 11, 2019 by:

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Sept 11, 2019
Wed 6pm-9pm


Norm Dasenbrook

*Kick off *Changing Paradigm*Start Up*Multiple Income Streams  Introduction and Welcome Changing Paradigms:  Making the shift to a business paradigm* Addressing business anxiety – going towards the roar. Multiple Income Streams* 8 Step Method for Start Up and Practice Expansion* Practice Considerations Part 1: Fees * Financials * Business Entities * Wealth Management





Sept 12, 2019
Thu 9am-12pm


Norm Dasenbrook

Practice Considerations Part 2: IRS * NPI * Contracts*Taking Insurance? * HIPPA Basics * Office Procedures: Forms*Client Access*Record Keeping*

Sept 12, 2019
Thu 12pm-1pm




Sept 12, 2019
Thu 1pm-2pm


Scott Allen

C3 Teletherapy Scott Allen-confirmed

Sept 12, 2019
Thu 2pm-4pm


Norm Dasenbrook

Program Development*Public Speaking*AllenEffective Presentations*Marketing Part 1: Marketing Plan – a two prong approach*Print Material – what it communicates* Websites





Sept 13, 2019
Fri 9am-12pm


Jonathan Nye

Legal issues, HIPAA, Records releases, custody, divorces,

Sept 13, 2019
Fri 12pm-1pm



Sept 13, 2019
Fri 1pm-2pm




Sept 13, 2019
Fri 2pm-3pm



KASA Solutions

Sept 13, 2019
Fri 3pm-4pm







Sept 14, 2019
Sat 8am-9am


Rachel Gorsuch

Social Media, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

Sept 14, 2019
Sat 9am-10:30am


Norm Dasenbrook


Marketing Part 2: Networking*Publishing*Social Media

Sept 14, 2019
Sat 10:30am-12pm


Alexandra Hoerr

How you put all this together to develop your practice

Sept 14, 2019
Sat 12pm-1pm




Sept 14, 2019
Sat 1pm-4pm


Danielle Kepler

Credentialing, billing





Sept 15, 2019
Sun 9am-12pm


The next step to expansion

Joyce Marter, Norm Dasenbrook, Jennifer Froemel

Added Benefits-Included



Subpoena / Court Order

Added Benefits-Included



Writing Treatment Plans

Added Benefits-Included



Shifting Gears


IMHCA workshops and trainings provide for CEs  through Licensure with IDFPR.

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IMHCA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Counseling Education Provider. ACEP No. 6274. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. IMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
The webinar program "Shifting Gears from Mental Health In Business" does NOT qualify for NBCC credit.

Presenter Bios

Norm Dasenbrook, MS, LCPC

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 ( 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 Nye, J.D. 
Attorney/Managing Partner

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  

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 Solutions 

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

Teletherapy-Telehealth Technology

At C³HealthcareRx, we’re patient- and   provider-centered.
Telehealth technology, security, and trends in reimbursement.  This is our latest product and it’s being very well received!.

Scott Allen
Chief Business Development Officer

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, LCPC

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, LCPC 

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.

Froemel has 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.

Alexander Hoerr, LCPC 

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. 

Session Descriptions

Social Media

Rachel Gorsuch, BA- IMHCA Social Media Staff

Rachel Gorsuch began working for the Illinois Mental Health Counselors in 2012 as an undergraduate at Northern Illinois University and is now the Division Coordinator for the Illinois Counseling Association. Gorsuch graduated in December of 2015 with a BA in Political Science with Minors in Nonprofit Management and Spanish. Over the years she has found a niche in social media marketing and has managed multiple accounts for nonprofit organizations, law firms, a judicial campaign, and the Illinois Counseling Association and two of its divisions (IMHCA included).  Gorsuch has a passion for the mental health field and enthusiasm for the importance of social media in today’s business environment. In addition to her direct marketing experience, Gorsuch tasks herself with staying up-to-date on current social media trends and most effective social media strategies.

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.

Topics Include:

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

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