Launch: Setting Up A Thriving Private Practice

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Course Highlights:

  • 10 hours of study / must be completed within a maximum of 4 weeks
  • $495 (no textbook required)
  • 30-minute consultation with a practice advisor included with price, arranged at end of course


The last few years have led to a burgeoning number of mental health professionals deciding to venture out and create their own private practices. But as many of us find out the hard way, the skills related to being good clinicians are not the same as being good business owners and operators. There are considerations to be made around legal and financial set-up, marketing and advertising, professional regulation, and the overall development of the business. These are the imperative items we must understand in order to achieve not just a strong private practice, but a thriving clinical business.

In this course, students will learn about the steps to take which will allow them to get a strong start in private practice. This tailored program supports students in developing the business side of themselves, an investment well worth making for clinicians with a soon-to-be thriving practice.

Course Outline 

“What got you here won’t get you there,” says Dr. Marshall Goldsmith. This is never truer than with trained mental health professionals who, armed with great clinical skills, now wish to become entrepreneurs with great business skills. Setting-up a private practice brings an abundance of professional, financial and creative possibilities, which are not usually available in traditional employment opportunities … but this journey of building and maintain a thriving business is one in which we must travel with eyes wide-open. How do I know if I’m suited to private practice? What legal, financial or business considerations must I consider? How do I market myself successfully? Presented by a 40-year veteran practitioner and regulator, students will receive direction on how to set-up a practice from the ground up, insights on regulation and supervisory considerations, and a downloadable course-pack of private practice start-up tools. The cost for this 10-hour online course is $495 plus tax.

Eligibility and Certification

Upon submission of the final ‘Reflection and Action Plan’ assignment, and following its review by the teaching team, students will then receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of this course.

Please note that completing any of these courses within the program does not qualify you to register with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. There are currently no accredited CBT training programs in Canada, as there is no formal accreditation process for CBT in Canada.  Please be advised that these courses are approved by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and completion of these courses will satisfy most continuing education requirements.

Note the courses in this program are suitable for students with clinical backgrounds only, trained and capable of managing crisis clients.

Getting Started

Once payment is received, students will receive a license key and can begin their studies. Course content is varied and made up of lectures, viewings, demos, supplemental readings and professional/reflective exercises. There are no tests or exams; however, there are assignments for each module, which must be completed and then submitted online. The assignments in each course do not have to be completed in one sitting but please note: you have a maximum of 4 weeks to complete your studies. We uphold a policy that we do not extend or re-open the software to you once your 4-week period of learning is up. Plan accordingly; if you will be away, you must catch up on your work. Please also note that in the event of cancellation, a $100 administration fee will be applied.


There is no waitlist for this course.

Important information about ADLER’s online courses

What format are the courses in? 

This online program can be completed wherever you are. You will need a good internet connection to complete it. Great care has been taken to ensure high quality content delivery and learning without the use of a lecture hall. You will receive a “pass / fail” grade that is determined by the quality of the assignments turned in. If you exert a reasonable amount of effort, you should have no problem passing the course.

Will I have contact with an Instructor? 

Yes. A teaching team marks your assignments each week, and provides you with ongoing feedback on your exercises and reflections. The courses use a teaching team of MSW or higher designations who are also veteran practitioners and supervisor. All are qualified to teach at the graduate level, and all have strong experience in both clinical work, teaching and/or supervising.

How does the software work? 

Once you have paid for your registration, a license key will be sent to the email address you provide us with. This can take up to seven days. Please check your spam folder regularly during this period. Once your license is active, you should plan to spend an hour getting oriented to the software before starting the coursework. Along the way, a support line is available to you should you encounter any problems (this will be discussed in your welcome and orientation).

Does the course offer any financial aid? 

No, not at this time. However, students that are registered with the OCSWSSW will qualify for $500.00 from the SWSSW Professional Development fund. For more information please visit

All students will receive a receipt. If you wish, you can also request an issuance of a T-2202 (or Tuition, Education and Textbook Amounts Certificate), which is an income tax form issued annually that recognizes education-related activity within the tax (calendar) year. It shows the amount of tuition paid that may be claimed for income tax purposes. You must request this specifically from Adler in time to file your annual income tax - it is not issued automatically.

Who is the contact person for this program? 
Students may contact the Dean of Continuing Education, Ms. Beatrice Traub-Werner, for specific questions:

Beatrice Traub-Werner, MSW, RSW

Dean, Continuing Education

Adler Graduate Professional School

890 Yonge St., 9th floor,

Toronto, ON  M4W 3P4

T: 416-923-4419, ext. 503