CAP is working hard to maintain the right to practice as Registered Psychotherapists in Colorado. We want our clients to have consumer choice in the selection of their mental health professional.
Unfortunately, in this time of crisis and anxiety about our future, other mental health professionals are asking the Legislature to reduce the number of mental health professionals in Colorado by eliminating over 3800 Registered Psychotherapists from the Mental Health Professions Sunset legislation, House Bill HB20-1206. CAP has hired a lobbyist and CAP members are doing what they can to inform legislators of the professional mental health services offered by Registered Psychotherapists. We will be sending out additional information so please watch your email!
Professional Development Opportunities
CAP was formed in 1989 to protect the right of psychotherapists to practice psychotherapy. In 2019, the Board of Directors reconfirmed the goals set for CAP in 2012. The goals were to provide education, networking and legislative representation as a way to support the professional development of our members. CAP offers these activities as ways to enhance the professional development of psychotherapists.
CAP is committed to providing support to psychotherapists seeking to continue their competency as psychotherapists. We do this by hosting regular monthly meetings where we highlight a speaker on a specific modality or psychotherapeutic practice. At these talks, CAP helps link its members to schools, institutes, academic institutions as well as educational programs offered throughout the year by recognized thought leaders in psychotherapy. CAP is committed to supporting members with increasing their skills and knowledge.
Three CAP Advisory Board members who strongly encourage continuing education as a way to maintain professional standards have founded schools that provide education, certification, training, and supervision.
The Boulder Psychotherapy Institute (BPI), founded by Dr. Betty Cannon, has been training therapists and graduate students in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP) and Gestalt Therapy since 1989. Applied Existential PsychotherapyTM (AEP) is an experiential psychodynamic approach that has been developed and taught at the Boulder Psychotherapy Institute over the past twenty-three years. AEP interlaces the insights of existential philosophy and contemporary psychoanalysis with techniques drawn from Gestalt therapy and other experiential approaches. It is a dynamic here-and-now therapy that also takes into account how the past impacts the present. BPI provides training and certification in AEP as well as group therapy and other techniques.
The Colorado School for Family Therapy (CSFT), founded in 1995 by Dr. Reo Leslie, Jr., is approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupation School Board. The School provides an advanced learning experience and direct clinical practice with families, couples and individuals. The CSFT offers the opportunity to earn post-graduate certifications and credentials in a wide array of clinical specializations, including but not limited to: Addictions Counseling (CAC), Play Therapy, Eating Disorders Treatment, Clinical Sex Therapy, and Trauma and Abuse Psychotherapy.
America’s Academy of Coaching, Counseling, and Hypnotherapy, founded by Dr. Carol Ann Watson, provides life coaching training, hypnotherapy training, and continuing education for mental health professionals.
We encourage CAP members to attend the school that offers training, classes, and certifications or degrees that supports their practice. To learn about CAP members who offer supervision go the Find A Therapist section of the website. Also, feel free to contact any CAP Board member or attend a CAP networking event to collect information on resources for training offered to psychotherapists in Colorado.
Professional supervision is a paid service that is available through these schools and from individuals practitioners listed in the Member Directory.
Keep Your Practice Legally Current: Because the laws can be complex, we are extremely grateful for posting a provided by CAP Advisory Board member Jim Carr, Attorney-at-Law. We are honored to have Jim as our advisor. He brings to the Board his prior experience as a former Assistant Attorney General serving the Mental Health Boards of Colorado. Check out the CAP Blog page to get the latest advice on how to keep your practice in compliance with the Mental Health Practice Act.
CAP is focused on building a community of mental health professionals who support one another. Each of our education events includes time for networking. CAP members and visitors exchange cards, share information about their practices and make referrals. We look forward to seeing you at any of our education or networking events. A popular networking event is the end of year social hosted at BPI. Watch the CAP Calendar and join us.
Core to CAP’s mission is representing psychotherapists at legislative events. For a full description of how we do this, go to our Legislative Page.
Legal Considerations For Registered Psychotherapists
We wish to thank James Carr, Esq. for his decades’ long devotion to helping Colorado Registered Psychotherapists and Colorado Association of Psychotherapists with legal advice and wise counsel. This page is dedicated to Jim’s tips. Please visit Carr Law Colorado for Jim’s contact information and more details about Jim’s law practice.
MANDATORY DISCLOSURE TIPS
Check back regularly for updates to the mandatory disclosure recommendations.
- Mobile first: 80% of therapy clients seek counselors on their mobile phone. Get to the point quickly.
- Specialize unless you want to compete on price.
- Speak from the client’s perspective, solve their problems, not yours.
- Show some personality, be you!
Your Business Directory Listing Is Your Calling Card
Marketing your therapy business can be a challenge. Fortunately, CAP provides a great marketing opportunity to get your brand in front of thousands of potential clients via our Therapist Business Directory. To be effective, your listing needs to be complete and written to reflect your personality and professionalism.
- Profile pictures are particularly important to establish a connection with prospective clients. We recommend a friendly, professional-quality head-shot.
- Your business description helps a client see the benefits of your service, how you uniquely solve their problems. Avoid trying to be all things to all people. What makes your service unique? Who is your ideal client? Match your tone and voice to your ideal client profile. Include the keywords your clients use when searching for information about their problems.
- Include a call to action. What action do you want the user to take? Help them take the next step. If you want them to call for an appointment, say so.
- Is your profile current? Online users have short attention spans and demand instant results. An outdated profile raises questions in the user’s mind and the opportunity is lost.
- Insurance is important for many people seeking mental health services. If you take insurance, say so.
- Credentialling increases confidence for some clients. Take the time to list your degrees, state licenses, certifications, and additional training to show clients your qualifications and interests.
Professional Liability Insurance Resources
We’ve Something For Everyone
Members: If you need professional liability insurance, CAP recommends two liability insurance agencies depending on your qualifications.
- If you have a college degree in a mental health field, we suggest contacting CPH & Associates and American Professional Agency (APA.) Note: APA insures only those with a degree in mental health or behavioral health.
- If you do not have a degree or your degree is not in a mental health field, we recommend contacting CPH & Associates and tell them you are a Colorado Registered Psychotherapists or Coach.
APA, Inc. is one of the largest professional liability insurance providers in the United States. As a Program Administrator with approximately 100,000 policyholders, APA, Inc. ranks in the top 100 brokerages in the country. Though, we are a large agency, when you place a call to APA, Inc. you will talk directly with an underwriter who understands the coverage needs of your profession.
CPH & Associates has been providing professional liability (also known as “malpractice” or “errors and omissions”) insurance to mental and allied health professionals and life/health coaches for over 15 years.
As a Registered Psychotherapist in Colorado, the occupation you would want to select in the application from the occupation drop down would be “Counselor.” Questions? Visit our website at https://www.cphins.com/colorado-association-of-psychotherapists/, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-987-9823.
Plan Your Content
If you’re considering adding a blog to your site, you’ll want to have a plan beforehand. Planning your blog will help your subject matter remain consistent over time. It’ll also help you determine whether or not there’s enough material to maintain a steady stream of posts.
One pitfall many new bloggers run into is starting a blog that isn’t posted to frequently enough. A shortage of recent posts can give your visitors a bad impression of your business. One may think “I wonder if they’re still in business” or “they may want to hire a writer.”
A blog, like any other customer facing aspect of your business, communicates your brand. If it isn’t maintained and given proper attention, people will notice. Post regularly and keep your content fresh. Give your audience a reason to visit often.
Categories and Tags
If you write about a variety of subjects, categories can help your readers find the posts that are most relevant to them. For instance, if you run a consulting business, you may want some of your posts to reflect work you’ve done with previous clients, while having other posts act as informational resources. In this particular case, you can set up 2 categories: one labeled Projects and another labeled Resources. You’d then place your posts in their respective categories.
Pages vs. Posts
If you’re new to WordPress you may be wondering what’s the big deal behind Pages and Posts. At first glance they appear to be one and the same: if you were to create either a new page or a new post you’d be presented with nearly identical interfaces and in many cases the public appearance of pages and posts will look the same.
Don’t let this fool you. There’s a very fundamental difference between the two and that difference is what makes CMSs, like WordPress, great platforms for integrating blogs with traditional websites.
Think about the kind of pages that make up a typical website. Most often you’ll see pages like “Home”, “About Us”, “Services”, “Contact Us”, etc. Within WordPress these are often treated as Pages; documents that have no particular regard for the time they were posted.
For example, when you visit the “About Us” page of your favorite company’s website you don’t expect the content to be very different from what was available there a week ago.