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To Credential or Not to Credential: Navigating the Contracting and Credentialing Process
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To Credential or Not to Credential: Navigating the Contracting and Credentialing Process


When: Friday, November 8th
Registration and Networking starts at 9:30 AM, Presentation runs from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: 1757 Golf Club
45120 Waxpool Road
Dulles, Virginia  20166
United States
Faith James, PhD, LPC, LMFT
Melat Johnson

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To Credential or Not to Credential: Navigating the Contracting and Credentialing Process for Counselors

-1.5 Credit Hours

Faith James, PhD, LPC, LMFT

Registration Costs

Early bird pricing ends the Sunday before the Event. Regular pricing is until the day before the event.

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Walk-in registrations will be accepted on the day of the event starting at 9:30 AM.

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To cancel, please call or email 48 hours in advance or you will be charged for the event. If NVLPC cancels an event, you will be refunded the cost of the event. During inclement weather NVLPC will host the event as scheduled; events will only be cancelled in circumstances when the federal government shuts down due to inclement weather.


About the Event:

Whether you are: already credentialed with insurance companies, questioning yourself about your current contract, want to be credentialed with a commercial carrier but feel daunted by the process, or just want a refresher in how the credentialing process has migrated, this Breakfast Seminar is for you.

We will take a look at how, as a licensed provider you can benefit from being paneled with the major insurance carriers, government payers such as Medicaid and Tricare, and local government payers.  We will discuss the ramifications of taking your name off the provider list and how to diversify your portfolio by providing different levels of service to clients.


Bring your thoughts and questions for a collaborative research dive into how the modern therapist survives in the ever-changing world of managed care.


ü  Differentiate between Government, Commercial, and Local Government Payers

ü  Overview of what is needed in order to knock on the door of an insurance company

ü  Differences in processes, where to go Ex: United Healthcare

ü  Should I be doing this in the first place? Why not just be a fee for service Counselor?

ü  How to negotiate for a rate increase

ü  Should I do this alone or with help? How do I know if I have the stamina or Executive Functioning Skills?

ü  Real World illustration of a business who has tried with help and without help-Marie Harris of “Tree of Life” Volunteers to talk about her experience for 5-10 minutes


Earn 1.5 Contact Hours for attending this event.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Faith James is both a Psychologist and Licensed Therapist with over 25 years of counseling, psychotherapy, and teaching experience. She provides therapy to children, adolescents, parents and couples. Dr. James graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and she received her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. At Capella University she completed her Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) in Psychology with a specialization in Work Family Conflict and Women’s studies.  Over the past 15 years, she has worked as Psychologist and adjunct professor at various universities teaching psychology courses. Dr. James has a diversity of experience that has provided her with a range of skills and an ability to flexibly approach each client’s unique circumstances. Dr. James is the founder of Battlefield Counseling Centers located in Prince William County Virginia. “My approach to counseling is simple: Everyone faces challenges in life from time to time for which they may feel that they do not have all the tools to deal with alone. I see myself as a ‘coach’. I work with you to help you move from where you are now to where you want to be.

In addition to her clinical work Dr. James has extensive experience as a Clinical Supervisor and is affiliated with the following organizations: American Counselors Association, Healthcare Providers Service Organization, the Virginia Board of Health Professionals, Psychology Today, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and Northern Virginia LPC group where she currently serves as the Vice President.  Dr. James is married and has three children. She likes to spend time outdoors, with her family, and participating in her various volunteer service organizations.  

Networking Notice: 

As part of our networking opportunities, we invite all members to bring their marketing materials to display, and/or to introduce themselves during our 2-minute introductions. Please let us know that you are interested when you RSVP.

NVLPC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6130. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NVLPC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


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