Workshop: Business Considerations for Private Practitioners

The BC-ABA is hosting an in-person and online workshop on Business Considerations for Private Practitioners on November 16th, 2018.

This event is open to non-members – share with other private practitioners in our field (SLP, OT, Counsellors, etc).

Cost: $50 (in person or webcast)

Please note that on-line registration will be closed a week before the event (Nov 9th). Limited on-site registration is available if capacity allows.


Session 1 9:00 – 10:30 Accounting

Joe Collins, CPA, CA & Paul Sharpe, CPA, CA
Avalon Accounting

Accounting and bookkeeping can be daunting. You never know if you are missing a filing or have a large bill coming from the CRA! This session demystifies the field and will give you insights on how to approach doing your own bookkeeping or hiring someone else to do it for you.

Topics include:

  • How to set-up a bookkeeping system (invoicing clients, tracking expenses, etc.)
  • What to consider when hiring someone to do your bookkeeping or accounting
  • What expenses can you deduct in your practice (mileage, home office, bad debts, etc.)?
  • What expenses are commonly missed when filing business taxes
  • Should you file your own taxes?
  • Do you need to charge GST?
  • Should you incorporate your business?

Participants can also receive a package of articles that cover off the above questions along with a step-by-step on how to file their tax return easily for free.

**If you have a question you’d like answered during this session, please send in advance to**

Break 10:30 – 10:45

Session 2 10:45 – 12:15 Marketing

Zoe Grams
ZG Communications

Zoe Grams is Principal of ZG Communications: a marketing agency dedicated to working with not for profits and socially conscious ventures. This presentation will describe the key tenets of effective marketing and answer commonly asked questions relating to promotional tools such as PR and social media. Participants will learn how to create a basic marketing plan for their business, and receive tips for enacting it.

Lunch 12:15 – 1:00

Session 3 1:00 – 2:45 Lawyer

Carla Lewis 
McCourt Family Law and Mediation

Ms. Carla Lewis from Lewis McCourt Family Law and Mediation will be discussing issues related to client privacy, record keeping, and the ethics of practice in situations where family law is concerned. She will also discuss what should be included in a practitioner’s service contract, and when written consent forms are required. A variety of scenarios will be addressed during the presentation and attendee questions are encouraged.

**If you have a question you’d like answered during this session, please send in advance to**

Break 2:45 – 3:00

Session 4 Graphing 3:00 – 4:00

Brandy Peters, BA
BC-ABA Student Representative

*bonus session

Ever wonder how you may get the most out of Microsoft Excel? Brandy Peters will guide you through the steps for creating graphs and templates in this hands-on presentation.


  • Will be able to create graphs with phase lines that are embedded into the graph and move as they add data
  • Will be able to create chart templates
  • Will be able to create a graph using a chart template
  • Will be able to change the formatting of a graph using a chart template

The steps outlined are intended for people who use PCs (Excel 2013/2016) and Macs (Excel 2008, 2011, 2016).

Date: November 16, 2018
Time: 9am – 4pm
This is a non-CEU event.

Pacific Autism Family Network (PAFN)
3688 Cessna Drive
Richmond, B.C.

Registration is not available for this event.