How to Start a Membership Community with Dr. Mēgan Pickens | GP 169

How to Start a Membership Community with Dr. Mēgan Pickens | GP 169

Do you and some of your colleagues interested in creating a group that’s beneficial to your practices as well as your skillsets as therapists? Would you create a membership community? How can you take what you already have and build from it?

In this podcast episode, LaToya Smith speaks about membership communities with Dr. Mēgan Pickens.

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Meet Dr. Mēgan Pickens

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Dr. Mēgan Pickens is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor with nearly 20 years of clinical experience. She provides supervision and training for counseling students and associates new to the field (about LPC Supervision).

Dr. Mēgan was once a High Achieving Black Woman (HABW™) who struggled with setting boundaries in all of her relationships. During a ten-year troubled relationship, she learned that the more you accept and allow people to take what they want, the more they will continue to take. She worked in the counseling field for several years before realizing that she had a calling to help other HABW™, specifically black women who have been socialized to believe that the only normalcy is not having healthy boundaries. 

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In This Podcast

  • The MBHPN
  • How to start a membership community
  • Create a variety of offerings


The Multicultural Behavioral Health Provider Network is an organization made up of therapists.

Dr. Pickens created a group of therapists with her supervisor – and later mentor – to facilitate and create a space where black mental health providers could connect.

As the organization began to evolve, they could start providing CEUs.

MBHPN right now is a membership group. We have a private network, [and] I still answer questions [personally].

Dr. Pickens

MBHPN hosts talks, continuing education, supervision, peer revision, and much more. It’s a community of black mental health providers where people can learn from and support one another in their private practice journeys.

How to start a membership community

At a foundational level, you can just start it! Meet with people and start collaborating. Dig into your existing network, see where you can create a network, plan a day and a time, and invite them to join with any questions or ideas to dive into.

Therapy can be very isolating, especially if you’re an individual practice, and I think even more so for group practice owners because you’re the boss, so there’s a layer between you and the employees in a sense … so, I would say, just start it!

Dr. Pickens

If you don’t yet have a following, think twice about charging a joining fee. Build up a base and a name first before charging people to join, otherwise, it might be difficult to get people in the door.

Create a variety of offerings

Once your community starts building a following and your attendees are committed enough to invest in it, consider offering a variety of different choices that they can choose from.

Have free events or meetings available, and then events or speakers too.

We have the regular monthly events and then … bonus events … so if you’re a member of MBHPN you can get that for free as part of your membership.

Dr. Pickens

If your membership is well-structured and well-resourced, it could be cheaper than other CEU programs that your attendees might be considering.

A membership community of therapists is not only then a place for networking and support, but also more affordable continual education and skill development.

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Meet LaToya Smith

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LaToya is a consultant with Practice of the Practice and the owner of LCS Counseling and Consulting Agency in Fortworth Texas. She firmly believes that people don’t have to remain stuck in their pain or the place they became wounded. In addition to this, LaToya encourages her clients to be active in their treatment and work towards their desired outcomes.

She has also launched Strong Witness which is a platform designed to connect, transform, and heal communities through the power of storytelling.

Visit LaToya’s website. Connect with her on FacebookInstagramStrong Witness Instagram, and Twitter.

Apply to work with LaToya.

Email her at [email protected]

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