Practice Development Certificate Program for Mental Health Professionals

This program will teach mental health professionals the business skills needed to create, develop and manage a mental health practice. It is intended that learners will be pre- and post- graduate, including those who are already functioning in their career, but want to shift into a private practice environment. Students will learn basic business skills and knowledge concerning entrepreneurship, financial management, practice management and marketing. These skills will then be applied to the specifics of running a productive and ethical mental health practice.

The Courses all are 7-weeks in duration.  The first four have interactive online formats; the fifth has a residential component.

Students can enter the program at any point. They can take individual courses — or earn a certificate (and tuition discount) by signing up for the group of five courses.

Those who take the courses also will earn 35 Continuing Education (CE) units for each course.  See APA approval status below

Course List

  •    Entrepreneurship and Niche Practices
  •    Practice Marketing
  •    Practice Finances and Accounting
  •    Ethics for the independent mental health practitioner
  •    Practice Administration and Management


For more information and updates: We anticipate that the first course (Entrepreneurship and Niche Practices) will be offered late spring 2018. If you are interested in being kept up-to-date on this certificate program as dates and tuition are established, please provide your contact information by clicking here



Continuing Education:  The Practice Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Practice Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.