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Two+ days filled with opportunities for learning and connection, supporting you to care for your business and yourself

(details subject to change)

Friday, September 20

1 / Starting Your Private Practice: WA Business Formation 101
Sharon Shadwell
4:00 - 5:30 PM

Join us a day early to receive step-by-step guidance for starting your mental health business in Washington State.

2 / Networking Happy Hour
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Connect with other mental health small business owners! Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Hosted by The Practice NW.

Saturday, September 21

1 / Keynote: Shamyka Sutton, PhD
9:15 - 10:45 AM

Dr. Shamyka Sutton will share insights from her transition from almost two decades of behavioral health leadership for state government into self-employment as a private practitioner. She will offer opportunities to engage in mindfulness practice to ground ourselves in preparation for the retreat.

2 / Yoga & Sound Healing
Kristen Rubis
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

In this workshop you will experience meditation, breath work and restorative Yin Yoga postures with sound healing accompaniment using singing bowls, chimes, and other soothing percussive instruments. All participants welcome; no yoga experience necessary.

3 / Cast Your Characters
Susan Barbeau & Rebekah Jackson
1:30 - 5:00 PM

Inspired by Enneagram and Internal Family Systems, this workshop is a simplified, fun, and unique way to explore different facets of personality. After uncovering the characters within, participants will explore how to engage these characters to help build and sustain their business.

Sunday, September 22

1 / Plenary - The Money Wound: A Trauma-informed Approach to Healing Scarcity Mindset
Haylie Castillo
9:00 - 10:30 AM

In this session, we will unpack the ways that our dominant economic culture and systems cause financial trauma and contribute to a scarcity mindset. We will explore the different types of financial trauma and how it can show up in our work as therapists and business owners. Through a trauma-informed lens (no emotional or spiritual bypassing allowed!), you will learn how to debunk the money myths that are at the root of a scarcity mindset, and learn how to view money as a resource to nourish yourself and your community.

2 / Marketing Your Private Practice Nicole Damaris
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Learn how to maximize your website and social media presence, among other marketing strategies to support your ability to find and connect with your ideal clients.

3 / Understanding Business Finances of Your Private Practice
Christine Buckley
1:30 - 3:00 PM

Financial management forms the foundation for sound business decisions. Understanding business finances is essential for making smart, timely decisions that ensure your business is financially healthy over the long term. Please join Christine Buckley, Director, Loan Readiness Center at Business Impact NW for this business financial empowerment workshop. Topics will include

  • Components of Business Finances

  • Key Financial Activities

  • Managing Profit and Equity

  • The Stories your Financial Statements are Telling

  • Challenges and Solutions

  • Q & A

4 / Behavioral Health Policy Roundtable
Sharon Shadwell
1:30 - 3:00 PM

Join a discussion of current policy barriers to running a thriving mental health private practice in WA and identify advocacy priorities, strategies, and engagement opportunities for the 2025 legislative session.

5 / Integration & Closing Session
Abigail Bocanegra
3:30 - 5:00 PM

During the final session of the retreat, participants will engage in expressive arts activities that support integration of their learning and experiences.

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