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Course Description

Is it possible to be an effective couple and family therapist and a successful businessperson?

You were attracted to the field of therapy by a desire to help, and gained the knowledge and skills required to do so. In order to take control of your profession and manage your private practice, an additional skill set is required. It is possible to balance earning a reasonable living with your commitment to providing exceptional care.

Explore the business side of private practice and develop an entrepreneurial mindset. Recognize your unique strengths and talents as a therapist to identify your ideal clients. Prepare a business plan and vision statement to create a profitable and successful psychotherapy practice that helps people in meaningful ways.

This course is designed for counsellors, therapists, social workers, mental health workers, and pastoral care/faith-based and other practitioners seeking to build or enhance their practical skills and theoretical foundation in couple and family therapy, as well as those exploring therapy as a career.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Articulate a vision for your therapy business which incorporates your unique strengths and talents as a therapist and addresses the anticipated future needs of your community
  • Integrate an entrepreneurial mindset with your identity as a therapist
  • Generate referrals to your practice using an Attraction Model
  • Prepare a business plan for your practice, set an appropriate fee, and stay profitable
  • Make decisions for your business based on love, not fear

Course Topics

  • Defining a Vision
  • Cultivating a Business Mindset
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Generating Referrals
  • Managing Money
  • Loving the Business

Additional Requirements

  • There are no prerequisites for the course.
  • In addition to the 36-40 hours of classroom-based instruction, you can expect to spend 5-10 hours to complete the readings for the course. Some assessment components are completed during the four-day course, and other(s) are completed in a one- to four-week period following the classroom-based component. You can expect to spend approximately 10-15 hours completing the course assignment(s).

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Building a Thriving Private Practice
In-Class Instruction
Saturday, Sunday
8:30AM to 6:30PM
November 28, 2020 to November 29, 2020
In-Class Instruction
Saturday, Sunday
8:30AM to 6:30PM
January 16, 2021 to January 17, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Guelph
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Early Bird $695.00
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

Early bird registration ends 30 days prior to the course start date.

Course registration closes Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

If circumstances (e.g., severe weather) required the postponement of the course , alternative dates include Dec. 5, and/or Dec. 6, 2020, and Jan. 23 and/or Jan. 24, 2021.

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