Strategic tips to start and grow your ideal social work private practice


Webinar Presenters

Charlene Richard, B.S.W, M.S.W., RCSW


Charlene Richard is a clinical social worker in Calgary, Alberta. She has been working with adults in addictions and mental health since 2005 and providing workshops since 2008. She has presented nationally and internationally on trauma-informed compassion fatigue resilience and trauma-informed practice. Charlene left full-time public mental health in the summer of 2018 to focus on supporting individuals and organizations with workshops and consulting. In the Fall of 2018 she won two business awards for her private practice, Caring Safely, and has since created the program Private Practice Bliss™ to teach others how to build a successful private practice. She is also teaching at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary and is the author of 20 Quick Strategies to Help Patients and Clients Manage Stress, which was published in 2015.



If you dream of having a private practice that lets you help people while giving you the freedom to choose your own hours, location, client issues, case load and specialization, you’re not alone! All of these factors contribute to compassion satisfaction and can help you live in alignment with your values. Unfortunately, many social workers struggle to start or grow a successful private practice because they were never taught basic business concepts and strategic ways to build a practice (most business training programs don’t fit well for private practice).  The webinar will review practical steps to start or grow your practice and how to overcome four common barriers most social workers experience.


In this webinar, you will learn:

  • What to consider before starting a private practice
  • Five practical things you need to do when starting a practice
  • Three ways to charge for your services
  • Supervision and support for practitioners
  • The pros and cons of working through insurance providers
  • How to overcome four common barriers most social workers experince