Private Practice, Life, and Career Planning Course

Are you looking for more information on starting your own practice? Do you have a need for training in business? Do you want to learn about time management, healthcare, and/or finances?

If so, sign up to be a part of the 3rd cohort for our private practice, life, and career planning course. This hands-on, modern live online course (via Zoom) will help you kickstart your profitable, dream business. Classes will begin Saturday, September 24th, and will reoccur weekly until Saturday, November 5th (7 weeks) from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm est.

No matter where you are on your professional journey, our careful planning will help you reach your goals for only $500! The DEADLINE to submit your application and payment is Friday, September 16, 2022.



Taking the leap toward a career as a private practice owner can be daunting. This course is designed to empower practitioners at every career stage and enable them to implement successful strategies for starting, enhancing, supervising, and/or operating a private practice (group or solo). This course provides participants with skills needed for life and career planning as well as the principles and practices necessary for being a BOSS! This course will assist participants in many areas of their career development including taxes, budgeting, starting a company, branding, insurance policies, estate planning, benefits, retirement plans, quality of life, organization, time management, and building credit.


This course is designed to build confidence while providing the necessary tools to successfully navigate through challenges that may be faced in the participant’s career. The course is offered because there is a need for knowledge regarding business ownership, life, and career planning while matriculating through college. Participants will have the opportunity to engage and learn from a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist that has successfully managed a private practice.

Additionally, the pandemic has put families in a position where they need other options for acquiring services for their children. Additionally, service providers are faced with the uncertainty of job security and many have a desire to have more control over their careers, financial well-being, and career path. 


Initially, the course idea began with graduate students in mind. Since the fall of 2019, the instructor has worked with 40 graduate clinicians from colleges and universities around the world. Since then, he has always taken the time to explain the ins and outs of private practice to the clinicians. Research has shown that this does not occur at other private practice externships. At Dynamic Therapy, graduate students are given the opportunity to learn what it takes to run a business from billing to scheduling. It’s now time for others to learn as the content is too good for only a few students to experience.


Positive affirmations are very powerful because they can release you from negativity, fear, worry, and anxiety. When these affirmations are repeated over and over again, they begin to take charge of your thoughts, slowly changing your pattern of thinking and ultimately changing your life. Due to this, the program will consist of new affirmations weekly. Additionally, participants will create their own affirmations during each class.
Session 1 Class Affirmation: I know a lot about private practice!
⚫ Types of private practices
⚫ Starting a company
⚫ Types of companies
Session 2 Class Affirmation: I know how to write a business plan!
⚫ Biography
⚫ About us
⚫ Mission
⚫ Vision
⚫ Philosophy
⚫ Services
⚫ Pricing
⚫ Team members
⚫ Financing
⚫ Name
⚫ Logo
⚫ Business license  
Session 3 Class Affirmation: I am compliant!
⚫ Documentation
⚫ Billing
⚫ Taxes
⚫ Ethical and legal
⚫ Malpractice issues
⚫ Malpractice insurance
Session 4 Class Affirmation: I am a profitable business owner!
⚫ Garnering business
⚫ Standing out
⚫ Advertising the business
⚫ Contracting services
⚫ RFP and bidding process
Session 5 Class Affirmation: I am a dynamic business owner!
⚫ Insurance policies
⚫ Estate planning
⚫ Benefits
⚫ Budgeting
⚫ Quality of life
⚫ Organization
⚫ Time management
⚫ Building your credit
Session 6 Class Affirmation: I am an impressive professional!
⚫ Branding
⚫ Networking
⚫ Resume
⚫ Cover letter
⚫ Email etiquette
⚫ Professionalism
⚫ Dressing for success
Session 7 Class Affirmation: I have a Dynamic business plan!
⚫ Show and tell


This course will create opportunities that assess knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

As a result of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the important considerations for coding and reimbursement for services and protecting client privacy. These include understanding the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), obtaining a National Provider Number (NPI), and credentialing for Medicare, Medicaid, and/or private health insurance.
  • Describe the nuances of service delivery, including providing telepractice service, hiring, and supervising.
  • Identify at least three fundamental considerations when starting a practice to address the needs of their community in an ethically responsible manner.
  • Identify established relationships with professionals and other business owners.
  • Identify their own unique interests, abilities, values, strengths, challenges, and technology needs.
  • Articulate short-term and long-term career goals.


Financial — Darius Thomas is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dynamic Therapy.

Nonfinancial — No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.


Private Practice, Life and Career Planning Course
Private Practice, Life and Career Planning Course (DCSHA Members – 10% Discount)

Program Completion Requirements: 

Participants are highly encouraged to attend all sessions. Individuals who are not present for the full course will receive partial credit for the sessions they attend.

Examples Given: If a participant attends only 1 session, they will earn 0.2 ASHA CEUs. If a participant attends only 2 sessions, they will earn 0.4 ASHA CEUs, etc.

Please note that an ASHA CEU is a tenth of an hour. Thus, a one-hour course is equivalent to 0.1 ASHA CEU. In this 7-week course, the maximum ASHA CEUs translates to 1.4 ASHA CEUs (14 hours). 

Inaugural Cohort (Fall 2021):

Danielle Mondesir
Elizabeth Harriman
Lauren Myers
Maralize Anderson
Sonali Rodrigues

2nd Cohort (Winter 2022)

Brian McDaniel
Caroline Koch
Christian Johnson
Ilona Orlova
Jenai Love
Marlon John
Taloya Walker 

3rd Cohort (Fall 2022)