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SDPA Committee Event - The Business of Private Practice

  • 05/19/2021
  • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • zoom

Early Career Professionals Committee

The Business of Private Practice

May 19, 2021
6:00 -8:00 pm


The Early Career Professionals (ECP) Committee is happy to host the Business of Private Practice event. This event will focus on the business side of private practice in order to clarify common ECP concerns. Questions like, “What do I need to do to start a private practice?” “What are legal considerations I need to be sure to know?” “Should I take insurance or be private pay?”

This event will include an expert panel so our members can benefit from multiple perspectives who can speak to legal, ethical, and business considerations for private practice. Importantly, there will be a substantial Q&A portion, so you can receive tailored advice for your questions from our expert panel. There will be an opportunity to ask questions that arise during the event, but if you would like to submit questions ahead of time, please email them to ECP Committee Chair Dr. Lindsay Elizondo at dr.elizondo@lindsayelizondopsyd.com.

Whether you’ve been in private practice for some time or are wondering whether or not you should make the initial jump to solo practice, we’re hoping this event will provide you with some valuable information.

Get to know our panelists:

David Leatherberry represents solo and small group health care practices, providing business, regulatory and licensing support. He has been counsel for the San Diego Psychological Association since approximately 2007, where he advises members regularly on legal and ethical issues affecting their practice. He defends providers from San Francisco to San Diego before all licensing boards. He advises practices on numerous compliance issues related to privacy, anti-kickback, false claims, billing and recoupment, employment, and practice formation and transition. Prior to going into private practice, he worked for the University of San Diego School of law, Mental Health Advocacy Program, providing regulatory support both to consumers and LPS designated hospitals. He was subsequently awarded the California State Bar’s highest honor for pro bono service for his volunteer work with the homeless mentally ill. He is the immediate past chair of the Health Law Committee for the California Lawyers Association Business Law Section, and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches contract drafting. He is a past instructor in Law and Ethics for psychologists, MFTs and counselors, and is a frequent panelist at the annual conference of the California Psychological Associations. Prior to going into solo practice in 2018, he was a partner with the national law firm of Gordon, Rees, Scully, Mansukhani, LLP where he specialized in healthcare litigation and transactions.

Julia Rosengren, Psy.D. has been in private practice for the last 14 years, specializing in addiction, depression, anxiety, and relationship difficulties. She has a second business renting out office spaces to therapists, is on the Board of SDPA, and chaired ECP for two years. Additionally, she is one of the few therapists in California who is trained in CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training), which is an empirically supported individual treatment for the loved ones of people struggling with addiction. For the past five years, she has been a SMART Recovery facilitator and runs a weekly Family and Friends meeting in San Diego. For the past 9 years, she has also worked at a local, 24-hour crisis center facility that is a step down from a hospital.  As a result of her time there, she is well-versed in crisis management and has considerable experience treating the chronically mentally ill. She holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. 

Carrie Morrison, Psy.D. has been in private practice for 23 years and is the Director of Psychology and Addictive Disorders at Alvarado Parkway Institute. She is licensed in California and Washington state. She has served as Supervisor and interim Director of Behavioral Health Services at the LGBTQ Center, as well as Supervisor for Community Research Foundation with Halcyon, Impact, Downtown Impact and Senior Impact. She was a research therapist for seven years for Veterans Medical Research Foundation providing Prolonged Exposure and CPT to Veterans with combat and non-combat PTSD under Dr. Steven Thorp and Dr. Carolyn Allard. She completed her M.A. and Psy.D. at United States International University and postdoctoral training at Charter Behavioral Health, now Alvarado Parkway Institute, under Clark Clipson, PhD. She received her B.S. in Education at Arizona State University on Athletic Scholarship.

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