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Let’s Get Down to Business: Business Basics

Module 2

1.5 CE Hour

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Unfortunately, many graduate counseling programs are void of any formal business training. This often leaves many future (and current!) private practice owners at a deficit! Additionally, there is an overload of information available which sometimes makes it difficult to discern the accuracy. Furthermore, there is sometimes a disconnect between what we know and what we actually do! This module is designed to be a hands-on training that participants will leave with having the 5 basic components of beginning their private practice endeavors.*It is highly encouraged that participants complete the training in its entirety before the start of operations!

Target Audience
  • Counselors
Educational Goal

In this module, participants will be able to comprehend fundamental business concepts that equip and enable them to begin operating a legitimate private practice.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and compare LLC, PLLC, S-Corp and Nonprofit business structures.

  • Identify which business structure is most appropriate for their future private practice.

  • Identify and compare private pay, sliding scale and insurance claims pay structures.

Counselors has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7267. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

CE Policy and this educator have no conflicts of interest and have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents.
PaQuita R. Pullen, Ph.D, LPC-MHSP, NCC

Dr. PaQuita R. Pullen is the owner of Ubuntu Counseling & Wellness, a thriving group private
practice in the Greater Middle TN area. She is a proud Nashville native and two time graduate
of a Trevecca Nazarene University. There she completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling with
an emphasis in Teaching & Supervision and Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health. She
completed her undergraduate studies at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Pullen is also a
board certified counselor through NBCC. In 2019, she obtained her LPC-MHSP license for the
state of Tennessee. In addition to her clinical mental health training, she is a Registered Yoga
Instructor (RYT-200).


Dr. Pullen has worked in several clinical mental health settings including residential treatment
facilities, agencies, school -based and private practice. She has served children, adolescents,
adults and the geriatric population. Additionally, Dr. Pullen has worked in crisis care serving
individuals experiencing active suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, active psychosis and fleeing domestic violence. She is skilled in working with individuals, couples and groups.
As the owner and CEO of a group private practice, Dr. Pullen aims to create space for the
unseen, unheard, and underestimated.

Dr. Angelia Lomax, LPC-MHSP

Dr. Angelia Lomax, LPC-MHSP earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Middle
Tennessee State University and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Long
Island University. She is currently the Founder and Executive Director of Nurturing Black Minds, a non-profit based in Memphis that is dedicated to providing necessary tools, information and resources to support Black Mental Health. Additionally, she is the CEO of Hakili Health which is geared towards providing corporate mental health consulting and developing organization-specific strategies for reshaping the culture of workplace wellness. Dr. Lomax has served a diverse clientele, providing services for individuals and groups in intensive out-patient programs, university counseling centers, and private practice settings. She takes an eclectic approach to counseling, presenting, and consulting using a combination of techniques and interventions based on the unique needs of clients, clinicians, and communities. Angelia believes that each of us have everything we need inside of us to be fulfilled. Her goal is to empower BIPOC individuals with the tools and information they need to progress towards overall health and well- being.

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