Palo Alto University (PAU), Northern California’s school of psychology and counseling, acquired Consolidated Continuing Education & Professional Training (CONCEPT) Professional Training, a provider of premium online professional training for mental health professionals.
The amount of the deal was not disclosed.
Under the umbrella of a new division, Continuing and Professional Studies, this acquisition expands PAU’s programming with the addition of post-graduate education and training. Offerings will include continuing education in the areas of police and public safety psychology, counseling, immigration court evaluation, and behavioral science of firearms; the introduction of new certificate programs; and delivery of training for local, state and federal agencies as well as practitioners around the world.
Patricia Zapf, Ph.D., a clinical forensic psychologist and the founder of CONCEPT, will lead the integration and development of the program at PAU as vice president for continuing and professional studies.
Led by Maureen O’Connor, president, Palo Alto University is dedicated to improving the human condition through teaching, research and scholarship in the fields of psychology and counseling. It offers doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s programs, as well as hands-on clinical training. A private, non-profit university, PAU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Since its inception in 2009, CONCEPT has provided high-quality professional training to over 15,000 mental health professionals in 45 countries. With an extensive database of over 35,000 mental health professionals, it offers over 1,000 hours of training content in forensic mental health which will be further expanded as it merges content with PAU course offerings. All training programs are based on the latest research and evidence-based practices, which enables participants to incorporate relevant, up-to-date information based on a solid scientific foundation into their practice.
In addition to professional training, CONCEPT provides free resources to promote lifelong learning and to allow participants to stay at the top of their practice throughout their careers.