Center for Advanced Professional Education

A collaboration between the University of Redlands and The Practice Institute


Filling in What Mental Health Graduate Programs Left Out

Your years of arduous study in graduate school prepared you well for working with clients and patients, but not for the business side of running a private practice. There is so much to attend to: finances, management, marketing, and business ethics, not to mention entrepreneurial decisions that can determine your financial success and career satisfaction.

The Center for Advanced Professional Education (CAPE) was established to provide necessary business and ethics training for mental health professionals in private practice. We offer brief, focused workshops, as well as comprehensive, university-approved certificate courses.

Business mistakes can be costly, affecting your income, your reputation, and maybe even your license!

Given all the time and money you’ve spent on your clinical education, it just makes good sense to protect that investment by learning how to run your private practice as a thriving, ethical business.

Extending Your Professional Skills

Our continuing education programs on psychotherapy and on clinical supervision are designed for busy professionals like you, who seek maximum value for your hard-earned dollars. 

Your learning experience includes not only didactic presentations, but also meaningful discussion groups to deepen and broaden your knowledge, as well as opportunities to connect with like-minded colleagues from around the world.

About CAPE: The Center for Advanced Professional Education couples the intellectual and technological resources of two organizations — the University of Redlands and The Practice Institute — to provide high-quality professional development programming.

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Upcoming Events and Programs

Practice Development Certificate for Mental Health Professionals


Designed by mental health professionals for mental health professionals, the curriculum has been vetted and approved by the University of Redlands as comprehensive and academically sound. Five deep-dive courses, each providing 21 hours of APA Continuing Education Credit:

  • Entrepreneurship and niche practices
  • Ethics and risk management of the business side of your practice
  • Practice finances
  • Practice management
  • Ethical marketing

If you are serious about a solid business foundation for your practice, learn more about these courses here.

2019 International Conference on Psychotherapy and Supervision – On a Cruise Ship!


Learn about innovations in integrative psychotherapy and in clinical supervision, while sailing the Caribbean Sea. Earn up to 14 APA Continuing Education Credits. Presentations will be in English and Spanish. We have reserved a few slots for presentations by participants, and are accepting proposals until Feb 1, 2019.

Click or tap here for more information about the conference, and how to submit your proposal (and possibly have your paper published in a major journal).


What Program Participants Say About CAPE's Business of Practice Training

CAPE has multiple vehicles for helping practitioners develop competence in the business of practice.  One of those -- the private practice boot camp -- is a two day event that covers the topics that will be addressed more deeply and thoroughly in the business of practice certificate program.  It might be instructive, therefore, for those who are considering one or more of the certificate courses to hear what boot camp attendees have said about their experience:


Celine Ko, Ph.D., a Redlands, CA psychologist: 

No one had warned me that I would have to learn how to be a business person if I were to start my own private practice. I was overwhelmed and unsure where to start.  CAPE's private practice boot camp proved to be a game changer.

Lauren Behrman and Jeff Zimmerman walked us through each step of what we need to do to get our businesses up and running.  They are amazing mentors who inspired us and provided great feedback and guidance.  I left with a completed business plan, an action plan and a vision of what I wanted to do.

Participating in this program also connected me to a network of clinicians who can provide support as I start my own business; like-minded people who want me to succeed.  It was definitely worth the investment!