Presenter: Marissa Rocheleau, MA, CCC-SLP
– S.B., prior course participant
This comprehensive course outlines how to start or expand your own telepractice business as a therapist. It will cover issues related to company formulation and licensing, taxes and liability, advertising strategies, resources for online business owners, hiring and supervising therapists, and how to write contracts for schools, hospitals, early intervention, and outpatient services.
This course is for therapists who are interested in forming their own online business and is best suited for those who have a reasonable amount of experience with telepractice, or who have taken the beginner telepractice courses through Northern Speech Services. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
Course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 Contact Hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 2:08:07
The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"I found the resources mentioned toward the end of the program the most helpful. The presentation was well organized." J.P. (Feb. 2024)
"The marketing ideas and client-attaining ideas were beneficial. The course was to the point." M.D. (Oct. 2023)
"The business plan and suggested therapy tools are very helpful. This course was a great overview and made me feel confident I can open a teletherapy practice." J.M. (Sep. 2023)
"This course was extremely comprehensive from start to finish. I liked the discussion on the steps to setting up services and available resources." P.R. (Aug. 2023)
"I learned new, important information on this topic. The presentation was easy to follow." A.B. (Jul. 2023)
"It was beneficial to discuss how to market and what is needed for school contracts. The presenter gave examples and shared places where additional information can be found." R.M. (Jul. 2023)
"The forms needed to give to patients and helpful websites were beneficial. I liked the flow from topic to topic." M.B. (Jul. 2023)
"The presenter was clear and concise in her information. I liked the information that related to marketing." J.M. (Jun. 2023)
"I liked the thoroughness and knowledge of the presenter. The discussion was beneficial of the specific steps that need to be taken to form a business." B.M. (Mar. 2023)
"Identifying resources and equipment to start a telehealth business was helpful. I liked the organization and layout of course content." L.E. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the advice on writing a business plan. The presenter has real-life experience in this area of our profession." A.C. (Dec. 2022)
"Speaker gave practical advice and good resources." D.M. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the marketing tips and the pro's and con's discussion." K.L. (Oct. 2022)
"Good information on launch email, lead magnet, social media, google ads and SEO. I liked all the resources offered." K.M. (Sep. 2022)
"I enjoyed learning about the specifics of growing my own clientele and also things to consider when hiring other therapists." K.J. (Sept. 2022)
"Good details on things I would not have thought of." K.J. (Sept. 2022)
"The entire presentation was beneficial as I am currently working as a tele-therapist with a large company and considering going out on my own." L.S. (Aug. 2022)
"This course was extremely practical and actionable. Great business and marketing recommendations." S.B. (Aug. 2022)
"I liked the entire course! Good marketing strategies." R.K. (Aug. 2022)
"It was clear and easy to understand." R.K. (July 2022)
"It was well organized with a wealth of information." K.C. (July 2022)
"Having a private practice that I will be expanding, I found the contract section to be very beneficial. All of it provided beneficial reminders as well as new ideas." M.L. (July 2022)
"Learning how to price school contracts and how to market yourself. Good info on Google Ads and SEO." N.C. (July 2022)
"The speaker made great points about how the therapist shouldn't sell themself short." A.W. (July 2022)
"Great presentation of all the things you need to do to get a PP set up." S.C. (June 2022)
"I am considering starting a teletherapy private practice. All of the information presented was beneficial for me to know. Well organized and presented." N.W. (June 2022)
"Course had specific examples. I liked the marketing aspects." L.A. (June 2022)
"I liked the specifics about social media. And good information on the benefit of teletherapy for the consumer." P.S. (June 2022)
"New and valuable information on legal aspects. The course was very detailed." C.B. (June 2022)
"Excellent presenter – very knowledgeable, concise. Great handouts. Very current information. Excellent all around." N.D. (May 2022)
Marissa Rocheleau, MA, CCC-SLP, is the owner of Linguabilities, a private practice based out of Florida that provides telepractice, job coaching, and staffing contracts for online speech therapy, as well as Telepractice Connect, a membership site dedicated to all things telepractice. Marissa received her Bachelor's degree from Indiana University, double majoring in Psychology and Speech and Hearing Sciences. She then completed a Master's degree in Speech Pathology, earning licensure in seven states and her ASHA CCCs. Marissa has extensive experience working in the schools, in evaluations, and in teletherapy settings. When not working, Marissa enjoys spending time with her husband Gabriel and dogs, Petri and Bunsen.
Financial — Marissa Rocheleau is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Marissa Rocheleau is the owner of Linguabilities and Telepractice Connect; ownership interests.
Nonfinancial — Marissa Rocheleau has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Related Area).
ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of ASHA CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.
ASHA CE Registry: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
ASHA CEUs: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:
If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.
Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.
Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:
Course Completion Timeframe:
You have unlimited time to complete our online courses. You may log off and log on as often as you’d like to in order to complete all sections of a course.
However, completion dates are based on Eastern Standard Time. Therefore, if you need your CEUs by a certain date, be sure to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on that date. For example, if you need CEUs before January 1st, you will need to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on December 31st.
Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the My Online Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.
Certificate of Completion:
On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on Eastern Time Zone, USA/Canada), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs). Please note that CEUs are awarded on the date of successful test completion, not the date of course enrollment. Please ensure that you successfully complete the post test prior to any licensure renewal dates.
ASHA CE Registry Submission:
During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
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What is an Online Course?
Our Online Courses consist of video, audio, and/or text content and are offered for ASHA CEUs. Unlike a webinar, which requires participants to be logged on and at a computer at specific times, our Online Courses are available to you at any time, from any device, via your NorthernSpeech.com online account. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Your course will conclude with a short post test. On successful completion of the post test (>80%), a printable certificate of completion is presented to you.
Northern Speech is an ASHA CE Provider and our online courses are registered with ASHA and offered for ASHA CEUs. Please note that successful completion of the online post test is required prior to the awarding of CEUs. Please contact your state licensing board for acceptance policies related to CEUs earned online. Please note that courses offered for university students are not applicable for CEUs.
Registering for an online course:
You may browse all online courses by clicking the Continuing Education tab above, then Online Courses. Once you find a course, click Enroll Now, and you will be asked to either log into your existing Northern Speech account or create a new online account. Once you’ve entered your account information and provided your credit card payment, your course will be immediately available to you.
Accessing your purchased course or returning to a purchased course:
You will be able to access your online course by logging into your Northern Speech account and then clicking the My Online Courses tab on your profile screen. Click the course you would like to start or to resume. From there, proceed through the course sections until you are ready to complete the post test. You do not have to complete your course all at once. You may log on and off as you wish.
Each online course concludes with a post test consisting of multiple choice or true & false questions. Scores of 80% or greater are required for successful course completion and awarding of CEUs. You may revisit course materials and retest as needed to achieve a passing score.
Number of CEUs offered:
We offer courses from 1 to 21 contact hours. Each course will note the number of CEUs offered. Please note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = 1 CEE.
State licensing boards and online CEUs:
NSS is an ASHA CE Provider and most state licensing boards DO accept ASHA CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some boards do, however, place a limit to the number of CEUs that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any CEU limits related to home-study courses prior to enrolling in an online course.
Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page. Most courses include closed captioning.
Most of our online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout as a PDF file.
Groups of 3 or more are eligible for a 20% discount on each registration on most of our online courses. To receive this discount, registrations need to be processed together via the "Group Rates" tab on the Online Course of your choice.
For our online courses to function best, we recommend that you update your computer to include the newest version of your Internet browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, etc.) and newest version of your computer's operating system. Also a high-speed Internet connection is recommended (cable or DSL). Speakers or headphones will be required for many of our courses as many contain audio components.
Course Cancellation Policy:
A purchased online course can be exchanged, refunded, or transferred to another individual if contact is made with NSS (via phone or email) within 30 days of purchase and the course materials have not been viewed or downloaded.
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