Other Professional Development

The Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Private Practice

Friday, April 15, 2022, 9 to 12 pm 

Miller Room, Miller Education Building, MTSU


Have you dreamed about going into private practice but weren't sure where to start?  You're not alone!  Many people are eager to own and operate a therapy practice but aren't sure how to do it because there were no "how-to" classes in graduate school.  While there's a lot to learn it's definitely doable when putting into action tried-and-true practice building strategies.  The purpose of this three-hour workshop is to help students, school counselors and mental health professionals learn how to start, operate and grow the practice of their dreams.


The objectives of the workshop are as follows:

  • Identify the necessary elements of starting a private practice
  • Learn how to operate a private practice
  • Learn how to grow a private practice


Chris QuartoDr. Christopher J. Quarto, (He, Him, His; Chris.Quarto@mtsu.edu) is a Professor in the MTSU Professional Counseling Program.  He earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992.  Prior to joining the Professional Counseling faculty, Dr. Quarto worked in Michigan and Wisconsin as a clinical mental health counselor and private practice psychologist, respectively. He worked closely with school personnel and physicians concerning children, adolescents and adults who exhibited a variety of educational and psychological disorders. He is a licensed psychologist (HSP) and licensed professional counselor (Michigan) and has a part-time private practice in which he provides counseling services to adults as well as psychological testing services to individuals of all ages. Dr. Quarto is a Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH) and completed an addiction counseling certificate program through Montana State University’s Extended University. He is past president of the Tennessee Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Dr. Quarto was awarded the 2007 – 2008 MTSU College of Education and Behavioral Science Teaching Award, University College 2012 Distinguished Educator in Distance Education Award and 2019 Charles Thompson Counselor Educator of the Year Award by the Tennessee Association of Counselor Education & Supervision.  He has hosted podcasts pertaining to professional issues for professional counselors and other mental health professionals.  Dr. Quarto’s research interests include telemental health and counselor development and supervision. 


Phase One Training

May 13-15, 2022
9 am - 5:30 pm (central)
Location: MTSU Center for Counseling & Psychological Services, Miller Education Center, Miller Room (2nd floor); 503 E. Bell St. Murfreesboro, TN 37129


Brainspotting is a brain-based therapy based on the hypothesis that specific eye positions designated as brainspots" activate and access specific areas of the midbrain that allow for the reprocessing and releasing of core neurophysiological reactions to trauma-related and other psychological experiences.

In addition, brainspotting is built on a model that emphasizes therapist-client presence and attunement in the healing process. As an open and integrative model, brainspotting is adaptable to many different areas of specialization and can be integrated with other treatment models.

In this introductory Brainspotting: Phase 1 training, participants will learn four basic brainspotting techniques. In addition, participants will receive an overview of the:

  • standards of care and professional practice for brainspotting practitioners,
  • research that supports the primary assumptions of brainspotting; and
  • challenges of research and evidence-based treatment for conditions such as Complex PTSD

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the standards of care and professional practice of the International Brainspotting
  • Describe the hypothesized neurological underpinnings of how brainspotting works.
  • Summarize the research that supports the hypothesized way in which eye positions activate and accesses midbrain activity.
  • Explain the uncertainty principle as it relates to brainspotting.
  • Describe the concepts of simultaneous neurobiological and relational attunement.
  • Explain the importance of client­ therapist attunement during


trainer 1

trainer 2




Christine Ranck, PhD and Cynthia Schwartzberg, LCSW are Senior Brainspotting Trainers and Supervisors. They have been in the counseling field for 30+ years and in Brainspotting since its inception. Close colleagues of Dr. David Grand, discoverer and developer of Brainspotting, they participate in a monthly consultation group with Dr. Grand and are highly respected consultants in the field. Chris, author of Ignite the Genius Within, and Cynthia, author of The Curious Voyage: A Rule-Breaking Guide to Authenticity, specialize in working with survivors of profound trauma, creativity and performance enhancement and are internationally known seminar leaders and speakers.


Open to Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors & others in the Mental Health Field with a strong clinical background


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