LCAT Private Practice Panel Conference

LCAT Private Practice Panel
Is Private Practice Right for You? Steps to Take and Tips for Starting Your Own Creative Arts Therapy Practice.
 (7 CMTE Opportunities/7LCATs CE credits)

Friday, December 6, 2019,  from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Lauren Klimek, LCAT, MT-BC;
Ariel Weissberger, LCAT, MT-BC,
Emily Davenport, LCAT, ATR-BC;
Kendra Kirane, LCAT, BC-DMT

Molloy College
Rockville Centre, NY 
Larini Room, Public Square

Conference Description
This Panel Presentation highlights private practice and business development among Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCATs), including Music Therapy, Art Therapy, and Dance/Movement Therapy, three of the various disciplines that make up the Creative Arts Therapies. While each has a slightly different degree program and training process, in NYS all have met the same requirements for the LCAT. This conference will focus on the experiences and areas of expertise that these professionals bring to their work. They will each share their unique therapy work and their individual process of setting up a business or practice, including the steps in becoming established in the field. Type of practice, insurance and other funding, working with a team, and much more will be explored and discussed. Attendees will engage in experiential learning via sample interventions in the various disciplines as well as workshopping personal steps toward developing a private practice. 7 CMTEs/LCATs CE credits

A continental breakfast and a buffet lunch will be provided and are included in your tuition.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will: 

1. Engage in experiential learning; 

2. Identify the process of insurance reimbursement for LCATs in NYS; 

3. Explore a marketing plan and budget proposal and basic needs for a start-up practice; 

4. Examine private practice readiness and development; 

5. Discuss the ins and outs of renting space in the NY Metro area and home based work; 

6. Explore self-care and supervision; 

7. List the various steps to be considered when starting a private practice in the creative arts therapies.


Lora Heller, MS, MT-BC, LCAT
is Special Projects Coordinator and adjunct instructor for Music Therapy at Molloy College and Founding Director of Baby Fingers LLC. She has supervised and trained music therapy students from Molloy College and elsewhere and has presented at conferences both regionally and nationally. Lora served on the New York State Task Force on Occupational Regulation (NYSTF) regarding implementation of requirements for the New York State Licensure in Creative Arts Therapy. The author of seven sign language books for children, she also co-authored a chapter in Meeting the Needs of Our Clients Creatively, a college textbook about music therapy with the dying and bereaved. Her writing is found often in local parenting publications and she contributed a music therapy podcast to imagine on-line music therapy early childhood magazine. Lora was the first music therapist to join the mental health team on the Molloy Mission to Jamaica, helping to develop, implement and supervise the creative arts therapy program. Her music therapy experience includes child and adolescent psychiatry, pediatric medical including NICU and palliative care, geriatrics, and early childhood special education/Deaf education.


Lauren Klimek-Folk, MS, LCAT, MT-BC received master's degree in music therapy, with an honorable mention, from Molloy College and has been providing music and music therapy services to the Long Island community for the past 9 years. Lauren owns and operates, "Long Island Music Therapy Services, Inc," and "Accessible Arts NY, Inc." With a team of ten highly trained and masters level clinicians, music therapy is reaching clients, families and facilities across Long Island. Lauren has developed partnerships with local agencies and local organizations including, Developmental Disabilities Institute, the Abilities Day Hab at the Henry Viscardi Center and various school districts serving as a related service provider. Lauren also serves as the music therapy supervisor for East End Hospice's "Camp Good Grief," providing bereavement services to children and their families. Long Island Music Therapy Services, Inc., continues to be one of the largest music therapy and adaptive music service providers on Long Island, providing services to Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties. Lauren's mission for her two companies is to give the public and clients the best and most effective therapy experiences possible while staying on the forefront of the newest research and evidence-based approaches available. 

Ariel Weissberger   is a Board Certified Music Therapist, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and professional drummer / percussionist. He is the founder of Berko Music Therapy, a private practice that helps individuals and families cope with life challenges through therapeutic music experiences, specializing in serving older adults. Ariel has designed and developed music therapy programs for renowned hospitals and institutions in the area, covering work with psychiatric care, physical and neurologic rehabilitation, epilepsy, Alzheimer's, HIV, MICU and palliative care. Most of his work focuses on the therapeutic use of drumming and rhythmic improvisation. He has been invited to lecture nationally and locally at various schools and organizations such as The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center, Northwell Health, NYU Steinhardt School, SUNY New Paltz, Berklee College of Music, The American Music Therapy Association, The American Holistic Nursing Association, and The Society for The Arts in Healthcare.

Emily Davenport is a Licensed, Registered & Nationally Board Certified Art Therapist and Managing Director of Davenport Creative Arts Therapy. Emily holds over a decade of experience providing impactful wellness services and trainings. Davenport Creative Arts Therapy, which Emily established in 2018, specializes in supporting young professionals, corporations and government organizations by teaching ndividuals and teams how to use evidence-based coping skills, mindfulness techniques and compassion-focused methods to increase emotional intelligence, resilience and leadership efficacy. Under Emily's direction, Davenport Creative Arts Therapy quickly established a reputation for providing effective, relatable and transformative behavioral health and wellness training services even in a highly-saturated wellness market. Emily's team is comprised of six highly-specialized multidisciplinary licensed mental health professionals who all have track records of engaging hard-to-reach clients to promote wellness through various channels.

Kendra Kirane, MS, LCAT, BC-DMT received an MS in dance/movement therapy from Pratt Institute. The foundation of her career was built at Bellevue Hospital, working for a decade as a group psychotherapist before assuming the roles of program director of early childhood mental health and clinical supervisor at Union Settlement. Always interested in learning, she studied authentic movement, psychoanalysis, and trauma-informed care. Her current area of research examines the role of DMT in response to the current opioid crisis.  Kendra is grateful for opportunities to lecture throughout New York, including at The New School, NYU, Pratt Institute, Queens College, Sarah Lawrence College, and Yeshiva University. Prior to her DMT career she co-directed Tango Renaissance USA non-profit organization promoting Argentine tango. Kendra established a private practice in Manhattan in 2013, which is temporarily on hiatus while relocating to Suffolk County.  

Agenda (subject to change)

8:15 - 9am
arrival and sign in/additional registration; continental breakfast provided

9 - 9:30am Introductions to each panelist and their practice. Setting up a practice.

9:30 - 10

  • Finding and knowing your niche
  • Boundaries and Client Relations; crisis intervention; family care
  • Intake / paperwork / documentation / termination

10 - 10:30

  • Self-Care and Supervision; how to take time 'off'. 
  • Family involvement when working with children
  • Building a Team -Therapists - ICs, Employees; Administrators

10:30 - 11

  • Website SEO & CTA - importance of a great website, explain What is SEO & what is CTA
  • Ins and Outs of insurance reimbursement. In-network vs. Out of Network. How to run an eligibility & benefits check with insurance companies. Learn which insurance companies you can bill as an LCAT. What to charge, how to accept payments and how to bill insurance or other funding sources using a practice management system.

11 - 11:30

  • More about supervision
  • Home / community based services vs Office / studio based services; finding and funding space (rent etc.); what is the right environment for your needs and services; LLC vs 501c3 etc. 

11:30 - 11:45 Q&A / break

Interventions/CAT Experiential: just a taste of each

LUNCH 12:45 - 1:15 (provided)

1:15 - Is Private Practice right for you? Pros and cons, benefits and time off, etc. 

1:30 - 3:30pm Round Robin / break out groups (in same room) 30 min with each presenter and an area of expertise

3:30 - 4pm Q&A; closure and course evaluation

Continuing Education Credit
Music Therapy: CMTE
This conference is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists, approval number: P-102, to award 7 Continuing Music Therapy Education Synchronous (in-person) Opportunities. The Provider maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT Policies and Criteria for Continuing Music Therapy Education.

NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapists: LCAT
Molloy College is an approved provider for CE credit from NY State for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists: approval number CAT-0015. This program is offered for 7 hours of CEU credit for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists.

CTLE Credit (Teachers and Education Professionals)
This conference is approved for 7 hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE). 

Online registration is available by clicking here. Please note that if you are registering online, after you enter your charge card information you should click "Continue to Checkout" just once. It can take up to a minute or two for the charge to be processed. If you click more than once the system will void the registration and you will need to call the CE Office at 516-323-3550 to register.

Phone-in registration is available by calling 516.323.3550 with your MasterCard, Discover or Visa. To register in person, by fax or mail, please click here to download a registration form.

Tuition Rates:
Early Registration through October 25: $95
Regular Registration- October 26-November 22: $115
Late Registration- November 23-December 5: $125
After December 5 or at the door: $135
Molloy Full-Time Students, (Please use your Molloy email address when registering): $15
Non-Molloy Students (provide copy of student ID): $60
Molloy Faculty and Staff (Please use your Molloy email address when registering): No Charge
Molloy Alumni: 25% discount

Registration is limited. In-person registration the day of the conference is on a space available basis and cannot be guaranteed.
Refund Policy:  You may withdraw from the conference for a full refund up until December 2. No refunds are permitted after that date. However, substitutions can be made up until the day of the conference.

The conference will be given in the Larini Room (Room 290A) on the second floor of the Public Square Building on Molloy's Rockville Centre campus located at 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre, NY, 11571. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be downloaded by clicking here.

If you should need hotel arrangements, please click here for a list of area hotels or call 516.323.3550.

Conference Brochure
Pleased click here to download a conference brochure. The brochure will be mailed in mid-October 2019. To be placed on our mailing list or to be mailed a brochure, please contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services by email at: or by phone at:516.323.3550.

Questions regarding registration?
Phone: 516.323.3550

The following are some links about our Music Therapy program that you may find interesting:
Video on Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program
Twitter Account for Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program
Facebook Page for Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program