Saturday February 28, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 4:45 PM MST
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Naropa University, Paramita Campus 
3285 30th Street
Boulder, CO 80309

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Sarah Steward 
Naropa University 

Private Practice Symposium 2015 

Naropa University students and alumni are invited to join us for the annual Private Practice Symposium.

Schedule Overview for the Symposium: 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Virya Classroom 
Opening Keynote: “Start-up Essentials for a Private Practice” with Theresa Pickner, Attorney (1 hour, 30 minutes)

11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Breakout Session 1- Please choose one (50 minutes)

"The Heart of Business: Dispel Your Inner Blocks and Create a Thriving Business by Serving Others" with Kristin Luce

"Making a Living through Private Practice: Can I Really Earn Enough to Feel Prosperous?" with Lesley Glenner

"Who am I as a Therapist?" with Amy Hartman

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch and Panel (1 hour, 30 minutes)

Note: Lunch is not included; you are invited to bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided.

2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Breakout Session 2 - Please choose one (50 minutes)

"The Art of Modern Marketing" with Keith Kurlander

"Networking Your Way to Success!" with Bryce Mathern

"Don't Go It Alone: Community, Collaboration and Connection in Private Practice" with Michael LeFevre and Jenevieve Russell

3:10 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.: Virya Classroom 
Closing Keynote:“The Sliding Scale Conversation: How to Talk Finances” with Tom Lietaert, Sacred Odyssey (1 hour, 30 minutes) 

Free and open to all Naropa students and alumni. RSVP required.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities.  Contact Sarah Steward at ssteward@naropa.edu to inquire about accessibility & disability accommodations needed to participate fully in this event before Monday, February 23.

Detailed Schedule for the Symposium: 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Opening Keynote: 

Start-up Essentials for a Private Practice

Attorney Theresa Pickner walks you through the nuts and bolts of starting your own business, including legal entity selection, taxes (sales, use, and payroll), liability protection, registering your trade name, and more. This workshop will help save time and stress by helping you determine which agencies to contact along with the forms you will need, and by providing the information necessary to make key decisions before completing your paperwork.

About the Presenter

Theresa A. Pickner has been practicing law in Colorado since 1989, and she has been presenting the Start-Up Essentials workshop at the Boulder Small Business Development Center for over 15 years. Theresa's fields of expertise include: Existing Businesses, Business Start-Ups, Taxation, and Estate Planning. Theresa will help you understand the process and give you the confidence to make the best decisions. For over twenty years, she has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and individuals. She is the co-author of The Small Business Legal Tool Kit. Visit her website.

11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Breakout Session 1 (choose one)

The Heart of Business: Dispel Your Inner Blocks and Create a Thriving Business by Serving Others

Many of us stop short of offering our full gifts to the world simply because we believe unquestioned thoughts that sabotage us. Here, we will take on our fears, self-doubts and hesitancy in order to give our brilliance to the world, which it so desperately needs. A business that comes from the heart and authenticity is not a shy one at all.

About the Presenter

Kristin S. Luce, MA, is the Founder of Women Breaking Boundaries. She has over 20 years of experience in Psychology, Buddhism and Meditation Practice. A published author and speaker, she uses The Work of Byron Katie to help people un-do the beliefs that create ego and identity "the cause of all confusion and suffering. She focuses on Business, Parenting and Relationships because all three bring our deepest needs, desires and fears to the forefront, which is where transformation happens. Visit her website.

Making a Living through Private Practice: Can I Really Earn Enough to Feel Prosperous?

Participants will be encouraged to look at the numbers so they can make an informed decision about starting a therapy practice.

Topics include: Internal Barriers to success; A roadmap for thinking about finances; Common pitfalls for new practitioners- and how to avoid them; Tips on Marketing and Sales Pipelines

About the Presenter

Lesley Glenner is the owner of HoloBeing Wellness Institute and an attachment therapist and business coach. Lesley has been in private practice since 2011 here she sees individuals and couples. As a wellness center owner she runs a coaching program for therapists and holistic practitioners who are committed to building successful practices. Clients and practitioners seek out Lesley for her directness and growth-inducing approach to health and healing.

"I love helping healers understand their personal internal and external barriers to success so that they can free themselves from those confines and really thrive." -Lesley Glenner MA

Who am I as a Therapist? 

You’ve spent the last few years or more reading, practicing and studying to be a therapist or stepping into being a therapist with your own private practice. By diving into your personal process you’ve begun to explore your own story, emotional landscape, and present-moment experience of the world around you. But what does it mean to be a therapist? How do you integrate your personal process and professional counselor role? Come participate in an experiential specifically designed to help you discover your authentic, embodied therapist self.

About the Presenter

Amy Hartman MA, LPC, NCC, RPT

Wherever I found myself—a transitional housing program in Denver, an orphanage in Mexico, or a juvenile detention center in Boulder—my focus and calling has been on the health and healing of the people and community around me. After graduating from Naropa’s Transpersonal Counseling Program in 2008, I opened Peak to Peak Counseling in Nederland, CO where I work with toddlers to senior citizens, individuals, couples and families. In 2011 I started an internship program where Naropa counseling students provide affordable psychotherapy to mountain residents. Whether working with clients or interns, my focus is the same: facilitating discovery of how to be more fully and authentically who you are and how to manifest that in deep connection with the surrounding world. 

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch and Panel 

Featured panelists: 

Kristin Luce

Michael LeFevre

Amy Hartmann

 Lesley Glenner

 2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Breakout Session 2 (choose one)

The Art of Modern Marketing

Modern marketing is all about expressing a message that uplift people’s spirits, while introducing them to a service that they need in their life. The days of trying to manipulate people to buy products through subliminal messages are over. One of the most essential ingredients to getting clients in the door is to understand the basic principles of modern marketing and how to put them into action. In this breakout session, we will discuss the principles on how to market your practice with a modern approach and why you can actually learn to love this aspect of creating your practice.  

About the Presenter

Keith Kurlander, MA, LPC is a Naropa alumni and the founder of Higher Practice—a company dedicated to helping therapists create private practices that they love. Keith feels passionate about helping therapists create practices that are profitable, sustainable and deeply fulfilling. He has also been a therapist in private practice for nearly a decade and understands the highs and lows of being a small business owner.

Networking Your Way To Success!

Building a referral network is one of the most important things you can do to get your services into the market place. This breakout session will provide you with the basics for setting up a networking plan that will allow you to start building the private practice you dream about.

About the Presenter

Bryce Mathern graduated from Naropa University in 2013 from the Masters in Contemplative Psychotherapy. Since this time he has started his own private practice business, Brass Balls Tender Heart, where he is passionately helping men to create vital and healthy relationships with women. Bryce is also the owner of the SonderMind Boulder location. SonderMind is dedicated to helping create more access to mental health services by providing a place for private practitioners to build sustainable, successful businesses.

Don't Go It Alone: Community, Collaboration and Connection in Private Practice

Community is essential for a vibrant, sustainable private practice. We will explore three levels of community that can strengthen your private practice: 1) networking with other professionals, 2) finding a strategic partner, and 3) creating intentional collaborations with other practitioners. The session will be interactive and practical. 

About the Presenters

Michael and Jenevieve have been strategic business partners and now work collaboratively in the JOY Collective. Their private practices have been benefiting greatly through their intentional community, collaboration and connections and they are passionate about sharing what they have been learning.

Michael LeFevre is a Licensed psychotherapist in Boulder, CO who works with individuals, couples, and children (play therapy). He is passionate about inspiring people to discover their core selves. He helps clients work through the struggles in their lives by listening deeply and sitting with them during times of intense emotion. Visit his website.  

Jenevieve Russell is a psychotherapist and supervisor through Nurturing Strategies, LLC and a birth doula with Doulas of Boulder with over 12 years of experience, serving hundreds of women and families. October 2014, Jenevieve co-founded JOY Collective, LLC which houses 15 holistic practitioners focusing on pregnancy, parenting and wellness. Visit her website


3:10 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. Closing Keynote:

How to have the Sliding Scale Money Conversation (and Get Paid what You’re Worth)!

“How do I get paid what I’m worth?” This is a common question for therapists in private practice. Tom Lietaert shares “Yeah, let’s rock your world and change your perspective forever… And while we’re at it, let’s stop having the WRONG conversation about money with your clients! I’m going to teach you some basics around the money conversation that will allow you to co-create a more fulfilling relationship with your clients, empower your clients and yourself around money, get them more invested in their program and make you more money!”

About the Presenter

Tom Lietaert is a Money Mentor and founder of the Intimacy with Money programs.  He has been helping people create more ease, comfort and security with money while building more fulfilling lives and relationships, lasting legacies and making a profound positive difference in our world! Visit his website.