Online Setting Up A Thriving Private Practice

About Our Online Courses

Launch  Setting Up A Thriving Private Practice  (10 Hours)

Cost: $495+HST

Up to 6 months to complete, no textbook required

“What got you here won’t get you there” says Dr. Marshall Goldsmith. This is never truer than with trained helping professionals who, armed with great clinical skills, wish to become entrepreneurs with great business skills. Setting up your own practice will put you on the path of lifelong learning, and so this course will give clinicians the starter skills they need to open a practice responsibly. Presented by a 40-year veteran practitioner and regulator, students will receive: direction on how to set up practice from the ground up, insights on regulation and supervisory considerations, a downloadable coursepack of private practice start-up tools (including templates for intake and consents).

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Once payment is received, the student will receive a license key within one week, and can begin studies at a pace that is convenient for them. Please note that the course must be completed within a maximum of six months. The course content is varied and made up of lectures, viewings, demos, supplemental readings, and reflective practice exercises. There are no tests or exams, though there is a "Reflection and Action Plan" assignment that is meant to help the student prepare for the upstart of their practice.

Certificate of Completion 

Upon submission of the "Reflection and Action Plan" submission and following its review by the teaching team, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion. Including the exercises and depending on the depth with which each participant follows the additional reading recommendations, this course should take a total of no more than eight to ten hours to complete.

Online FAQ 

What format are the courses in?

The courses are self-directed, and the student choses their own pace. The only provision is that courses must be completed within six months. 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 is in the background marking your assignments and providing feedback on a weekly basis. The teaching team is a highly experienced group of instructors, and will personalize the course with you week by week.

Who are the Instructors?

The courses use a teaching team of MSW or higher designations, and who are also veteran practitioners. All are qualified to teach at the graduate level, and all have strong experience in both clinical work and in teaching and / or supervising.

How does the software work?

One you pay your registration, you will receive an email to the address you provided, which will open the course to you. You will receive that email within seven days, and you can begin your studies right away. You will need a reliable internet connection to do so.

Does the course offer any financial aid?

Not at this time. However, students that are registered with the OCSWSSW will qualify for the $500.00 from the SWSSW Professional Development fund, which reimburses eligible costs for professional development. 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 the online courses?

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 Street, 9th floor,
Toronto, ON
Tel: 416-923-4419 ext. 503
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