Nominees were honored by community and business leaders as the 2015
ATHENA Leadership Award® recipient is announced. The Business Women’s
Network and the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce presented the 2015 Athena
Award to Beverly J. Patchett on September 16, 2015at Club
Venetian in Madison Heights. The ATHENA Leadership Award® is an
international award presented by local Chambers of Commerce to a woman
-or man- who is honored for professional excellence, community service
and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional
excellence and leadership skills.
A note from BJ Patchett….
It is my hope that this award will inspire others to contribute
time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in their
communities and actively assist others, particularly women, in realizing
their full leadership potential.
an environment where women’s accomplishments and contributions are
valued will help to clearly define role models for others to emulate.
I’ve always felt that success is not a goal to attain but rather a way
of life. Today I firmly believe we will best serve our communities if we
continue to create leadership opportunities for women and encourage the
empowerment of women leaders.
I salute my fellow nominees for the personal and professional support
they have provided to our community
Private Practice Incubator Program
after opening the doors at Empowerment Professionals I was well aware of
the need as a solo practitioner to have interaction with other mental
health professionals in the community at which time I founded the
Oakland County Private Practice Network and Support Group (OCPPNS).
Difficulties during early startup of my practice lead me to write Solo
Private Practice: A Step by Step Guide to Opening a Private Practice,
Self-Published 2004, Royal Oak, Michigan with a revised edition released
in 2006. A seminar called How
to Start Your Own Private Practice was
developed during 2004, shortly after authoring Solo Private Practice,
and a new outreach was born. Working with our Private Practice group
members, those attending our Private Practice seminars, and others
calling for assistance it became apparent once again that many mental
health and substance abuse professionals have interest in starting a
private practice, but do not understand the many processes that are
required to start up and succeed at their new endeavor. With that in
mind during 2015 I expanded my outreach to include hands on support and
guidance with an innovative approach to obtaining the necessary skills
to succeed by adding a Private Practice Incubator Program. Please see
our “Services Page” for details.
Professionals is proud to announce the startup of our Private
Practice Incubator Program. Under
the guidelines for this new outreach individuals attending our “How to
Start a Private Practice” seminar may be considered for participation.
Each year a participant will be selected as an unpaid intern, under
contract, for one year. At the end of their contract year they will have
the opportunity to move on to their own practice and a new intern will
be considered. During their time at Empowerment Professionals interns
will have an opportunity to learn clinical best practice methods along
with effective networking and advertising. By the end of the year they
should have a strong presence in the community which will help them
build a stronger foundation for their new practice and a skill set that
compliments and supports a healthy community.
interested in this program may contact Empowerment Professionals and
request a copy of our guidelines for participation.