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The MTSU Professional Counseling Program and the Mu Tau Upsilon of Chi Sigma Iota are pleased to announce an in-person training on April 15, 2022 from 9 to 12 pm. Dr. Chris Quarto will be presenting The Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Private Practice.

The Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Private Practice

When: Friday, April 15, 2022

Time: 9 to 12 pm

Where: Miller Room, Miller Education Building (For directions, visit

To register, visit:

Session Fees:
MTSU Students $10
MTSU Alum/faculty/staff $25
Professionals $35

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

Presenter: Dr. Christopher J. Quarto, (He, Him, His; 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.

Continuing Education:
Participants will earn three (3) clock hours of continuing education. MTSU Professional Counseling Program has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP #4216).

For questions, please contact Dr. Robin Lee at or by phone at 615-542-9330.