If you are a Registered Psychotherapists, this is critical information about the new law governing your right to practice in Colorado.

On July 14, 2020, the Governor of Colorado signed into law HB20-1206, a bill that impacts the right to practice by those that were Registered Psychotherapists. 

  • Title Change: The title “Registered Psychotherapist” is changed to “Unlicensed Psychotherapist“. All Unlicensed Psychotherapists registered with DORA in Colorado need to update their Mandatory Disclosure Statement to indicate they are Unlicensed Psychotherapists.
  • Registration Closed: New registrations are prohibited in the DORA database for the title Unlicensed Psychotherapists (formerly Registered Psychotherapists.) Anyone who did not apply for or have current registration as an Unlicensed Psychotherapist in the DORA database as of July 14, 2020, cannot become one.
  • Lapsed Registrations: Unlike the past, there is no grace period for lapsed registrations, so plan ahead.
  • Grandfathering: Unlicensed Psychotherapists with current DORA registration can continue to practice psychotherapy provided your registration never lapses. 
  • Mandatory Disclosure Statement: The new Colorado statute requires Unlicensed Psychotherapists to replace the term “Registered Psychotherapist” with “Unlicensed Psychotherapist” in their Mandatory Disclosure Statement. Please update your forms ASAP. For information from DORA, the link to their website page for Unlicensed Psychotherapists here. [updated Aug 9, 2020]

CAP Membership Supports Your Right To Practice

CAP continues to represent the interests of Unlicensed Psychotherapists in Colorado. CAP’s mission, ‘protecting the right to practice’ is more important now than ever. We suffered a major setback in HB20-1206 and must continue to fight for the right for Unlicensed Psychotherapists to continue practicing. The lobbyists for the organizations that lobbied successfully to close the registration for Unlicensed Psychotherapists are not satisfied. They have voiced an intent to eliminate Unlicensed Psychotherapists entirely in the next legislative session. CAP membership supports our legislative effort to protect the right to practice in order to maintain public access to diverse mental health professionals.

CAP uses membership dues to pay a professional lobbyist to represent the interests of Unlicensed Psychotherapists. Our focus this coming session will be protecting the right to practice psychotherapy.

We believe in the public’s right to choose from a diversity of mental health treatment options. Please join CAP. Maintain your right to practice and help expand access to diverse mental health care during this pandemic not reduce and eliminate mental health services.

We will update this post as we learn more about the new law. Thanks for your continued support!

 

Announcing the new CAP YouTube Channel

In response to the pandemic, CAP is in the process of creating its own YouTube Channel to support our mission to educate the public and members about mental health issues in Colorado. Additionally, Professional Members can upload short video introductions for inclusion in their business profiles on the CAP website.

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Educational Videos

Members are welcome to submit their own videos for inclusion on the YouTube Channel. Videos must be directly relevant to the CAP mission, be educational in nature, and be of sufficient quality to reflect well on CAP, CAP’s members, and Unlicensed Psychotherapists in general. The member must own the rights to the video content and be willing to make the content freely available to view to the public.

To view an example of the type of educational video we are seeking, check out “Free without Excuses: Betty Cannon Talks about Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP)” from Boulder Psychotherapy Institute on Vimeo.

The video is available for your viewing pleasure at https://vimeo.com/46856569

Video Introductions For Your Psychotherapy Business

Professional Members are encouraged to create a brief, quality video to introduce themselves and their practice to the public. These introduction videos can be linked to your business profile on the CAP directory. Videos are recommended to be 30 seconds to 3 minutes in length. While you don’t need to hire a professional videographer to create your video, the video quality should be sufficient to reflect well on your business.

Video Creation

CAP will be creating and recommending resources to help you create a simple, professional introduction video. If you need additional help creating your videos, CAP will be partnering with video production experts that can help. Stay tuned!

Next Steps

If you have one or more videos you wish to publish on the CAP YouTube Channel, please email the title, speaker, description, and a link to the video to webmaster@coloradopsychotherapists.org.

If you have questions about the suitability of a topic or have technical questions, email them to webmaster@coloradopsychotherapists.org.

 

COLORADO ASSOCIATION OF PSYCHOTHERAPISTS

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:  CAP wants to help you use this downtime for training and education. Despite having to cancel CAP’s monthly lunch and breakfast events hosted for mental health professionals, CAP remains committed to offering education to help professionals maintain and enhance their competency. CAP is fortunate to have Advisory Board Members who are the founders of schools used by mental health professionals throughout Colorado and nationally. This email provides an introduction to two schools offering online classes and programs that you can use to enhance your practice.  
 
THE COLORADO SCHOOL FOR FAMILY THERAPY

12101 East Second Avenue, Suite 101, Aurora, CO 80011-8328
Phone: (720) 253-4831 * FAX: (720) 859-2970
E-mail: leslieinstitute@cs.com  * www.familyplaytherapy.net
 
CAC/LAC  Classes  ONLINE THROUGH ZOOM PROFESSIONAL 
 OBH has ordered all CAC classes be online at least until May! You can sign up now to finish your CAC or LAC while at home.
 
CSFT offers distance learning opportunities for school certificate programs in Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy, CBT, Motivational Interviewing. Other classes such as Jurisprudence Exam Preparation Workshops are also online now.
 
Are you getting ready to take a national test for a license or certification? You’re in luck! CSFT offers various workshops to prepare you for the test and propel you into your future. CSFT instructors are experts in the material they present and are committed to your academic success. To review offering of classes go to www.familyplaytherapy.net  
 
Call or email Dr. Leslie to enroll at (720) 253-4831 or leslieinstitute@cs.com.
 

BOULDER PSYCHOTHERAPY INSTITUTE
1140 Lehigh St #6351, Boulder, CO 80305
Phone: 303-494-0393
E-mail: boulderpsych@gmail.com        Website:    www.boulderpsych.com
 
Classes  ONLINE THROUGH ZOOM PROFESSIONAL
BPI is offering its small groups for therapists online over with via Zoom video conferencing. Group classes include:  Practice, Process, and Supervision/Consultation Groups. Small groups are limited to 4 for supervision and to 6 for practice and process. BPI is starting a couple of new groups and has openings in some existing groups. All group classes count toward Advanced Certification in Applied Existential Psychotherapy at the Institute and toward Continuing Competency Credits for most licensed groups. 
 
To get more information go to  www.boulderpsych.com. There you will find links to classes and workshops, buttons for joining and posting on the BPI NetList and Community Calendar as well as a button for joining the Therapist Directory. 
 
To register or learn more about classes contact BPI by phone at 303 494 0393 or by email at boulderpsych@gmail.com.
Betty Cannon, PhD, President and Founder 
Reed Lindberg, MA, LPC, Managing Director 
Robyn Chauvin, MA, LPC, Senior Trainer 
 
Watch your email. We will be sending you more updates on professional competency training as well as updates on legislative developments impacting the right to practice psychotherapy. 

The Colorado Legislature Closed Friday. Here Are The Bills That ...

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!

    

Dear Friend,
When I think about who we need in the legislature, it’s someone with a passion for justice. Someone who understands that our collective crises of mass incarceration, addiction and mental health are connected.
That’s why it is important to me to reelect Representative Leslie Herod. Can you support her campaign before our end-of-September deadline on Monday?
We cannot solve these problems without thinking about how they interact, which is exactly what Rep. Herod did with her bill to expand Special Connections, a program to provide addiction treatment to high-risk pregnant women.
Her bill will help keep families together by: 
1) Allowing new moms to take advantage of Special Connections up to one year post-partum when they are at increased risk of overdose,
2) Expanding access to childcare in behavioral treatment facilities to keep moms with their kids, and
3) Protecting women from prosecution if they disclose substance use during their treatment.
This measure adds to the robust package of bills already passed by Rep. Herod including drug possession defelonization, bail reform, and other criminal justice measures. 
Colorado needs strategic solutions to solve our complex problems.   Support Rep. Herod before our Monday deadline with a contribution of $25, $50, $100 or more today.
Sincerely,
Andrew Fish
Chief of Staff 
P.S. We’re celebrating Leslie’s birthday on October 10th, and you know what that means. It is time to dance! RSVP today!

    

Our end-of-September fundraising deadline is this Monday night. 

    

This event is FREE to attend, though donations are appreciated
When: October 10th, 2019
Time: 6-9pm
Where: Prodigy Coffee House
3801 E. 47th Ave.
Denver, CO 80205
Join our growing host committee here!

 

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.

EDUCATION/TRAINING

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.

Schools

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. 

Supervision

Professional supervision is a paid service that is available through these schools and from individuals practitioners listed in the Member Directory.

Legal Advice

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.

Networking

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.

Legislative Representation

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

During registration with the state, DORA requires submission of your Mandatory Statement. During your registration process and prior to submission, DORA lists the items to include, as well as required text that can be copy/pasted into your mandatory statement. You personalize your statement and then submit it to DORA to be included in their database. The submission process is guided and a fairly streamlined step of the registration process with the state.
Since the mental health professions now have a 7 year statute of limitations for complaints filed against them with DORA, based on the fact that we are required to keep records for 7 years and can dispose of them after that, it would make sense to include that fact on your mandatory statement, if you’d like to. 
CAP offers workshops for creating/personalizing your Mandatory Statement. Please contact President@ColoradoPsychotherapists.com for more details.

Check back regularly for updates to the mandatory disclosure recommendations.

Continue reading “Legal Tips for Registered Psychotherapists from Jim Carr, Attorney”

  • 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.

 

 


  1. Profile pictures are particularly important to establish a connection with prospective clients. We recommend a friendly, professional-quality head-shot. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 
  5. Insurance is important for many people seeking mental health services. If you take insurance, say so. 
  6. 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.

 

Recommended agencies

American Professional Agency Insurance, Inc.

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

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 info@cphins.com or call 312-987-9823.

 

Plan Your Content

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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.

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