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About Higher Thought Institute
Higher Thought Institute (HTI) – a respected provider of continuing education in the behavioral healthcare and addiction industry. Higher Thought Institute is the producer of “Masters in Psychotherapy” national live conferences, featuring best-selling authors and thought leaders in the industry. Our mission is to provide clinical psychologists, social workers and professional counselors high value content to keep their professional licenses current and their therapy skills sharp. HTI continuing education for clinical mastery is rich in content, diverse in topics and provides advanced clinical trainings.
Together with leading authors/presenters in the behavioral health field, we provide high quality CE live conferences and online courses. We continue to support the care-focused community committed to improving outcomes for people struggling with behavioral health and addiction disorders.
who we are
To provide mental health care providers with the resources for continuing education, inspiration and higher learning through conferences, online courses and professional exhibitions.
To bring leading authors, speakers and advocates in the mental health care field together with practicing professionals for the exchange of knowledge and for fostering career development.
To maintain the spirit of higher learning by always being inquisitive, inventive and unwilling to accept limitations based on fear or lack of understanding.
Paul Ortman has 18 years of experience as CEO and Founder of the Ben Franklin Institute, which hosted the Summit for Clinical Excellence conferences. The Ben Franklin Institute taught over 30,000 mental health professionals the skills to aid in the treatment of addiction, trauma, eating disorders, and adolescent issues. In 2015 Paul sold the Ben Franklin Institute, and after four years of retirement, he founded Higher Thought Institute.
In 2019, Paul pursued a new endeavor: Higher Thought Institute. He is passionate about inspiring mental health professionals to pursue continuing education through enriching live conferences and online courses. He orchestrates conferences that bring together industry leaders, best-selling authors, and world-renowned trainers with a variety of skills and expertise providing psychologists, social workers and licensed counselors with opportunities to continue education for clinical mastery. Paul values educating mental health professionals through compassion, accessibility, and understanding to ensure they provide their clients with the highest quality of care.
Paul is incredibly family oriented and has three brothers with whom he has a great relationship. Paul is married and a father of two. His son is finishing college at the University of Arizona, and his daughter is a registered nurse. When not traveling, Paul enjoys going hiking, golfing, and planning his next adventure with his wife.
Please feel free to email Paul at: Paul@htilearncom.
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