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Whether you're a licensed clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, addictions counselor, registered nurse or psychologist, UC Berkeley Extension meets your professional development and licensing needs. Our instructors are leading researchers and clinicians who offer the latest approaches to challenging issues you face. Join a community of graduates who are working to move the behavioral field forward, meeting their clients' diverse needs in a professional setting. Take a course in Berkeley, San Francisco, Belmont and online.


Debbi Bonjour,
Certificate Program in
Drug and Abuse Studies

Meet Your Instructor: Dr. Christina Villarreal

Practicing since 2006, Dr. Christina Villarreal offers her clients executive coaching (since 2013), psychotherapy and forensic assessments at her offices in San Francisco and Oakland. She has taught and supervised doctoral students in psychology at Argosy University and The Wright Institute, and has published widely in newsprint, magazines, television news, scientific journals and social media/blogs. As a UC Berkeley Extension instructor, Villarreal brings her extensive knowledge in evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to the classroom. Read more about Villarreal.

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy at the Unite to Face Addiction Rally

October 4, 2015, Washington, D.C.: "We're going to stop treating addiction as a moral failing, and start seeing it for what it is: a chronic disease that must be treated with urgency and compassion, which is why I'm proud to announce that next year, I will be releasing the first-ever Surgeon General's Report on substance use, addiction and health."

New Courses

Charting, Documentation and Billing for SUDs in a Post-ACA World
Learn how to effectively document client services and bill for Medi-Cal reimbursement, as well as review the recently approved California Waiver. Course meets on Feb. 6.

Clinical Case Seminar
Increase your understanding of your counseling style and skills through case presentations. Course meets on April 9.

Discovering the Patient Agenda
Learn how this proven interview protocol makes it possible to elicit from any patient where they are right now, understand what they need to do to move forward and  help them navigate to where they need to be next. Course meets on Feb. 27.

Integrating Yoga and Mindfulness Into Complex Trauma Treatment
Investigate the connections between yoga, somatic psychotherapy and theories of nervous system dysregulation, paying special attention to the therapeutic applications of yoga and pranayama (breath work). Course meets on March 12.

Introduction to Narrative Therapy
Understand how to work narratively with people after trauma or when dealing with addictions through class activities. Course meets on Feb. 6.

The Role of Spirituality and Religion in Our Work With Grief
Explore Judeo-Christian, Buddhist and archetypal perspectives that can make impermanence more bearable, and understand how spiritual consciousness can smooth and soothe mourning in wholesome ways. Course meets on Feb. 6.

Working With Grief Issues From a Cross-Cultural Perspective
Examine and discuss specific cultural practices, as well as review information regarding culturally sensitive grief counseling and therapy. Course meets on May 7.

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"We Live in a Chemical Age"

Instructor Nicola Wolfe, Ph.D., explores the range of medications used in mental health practice in the online Clinical Psychopharmacology course. "So many people are taking pills for mental illness: Prozac for depression, Ambien for sleep," Wolfe says. "This course is for anyone who would like to know more about what these medications can and can’t do. Who benefits from medication, and who might not? Learn how you can work collaboratively with a team of health care professionals whose aim is to improve the lives of individuals with mental health conditions." Enroll today!

Watch a video providing an overview of what you'll learn—and how you'll learn—in this online-only course.

Meeting Licensing/Relicensing Requirements and CE Credits

The continuing education (CE) credit for each course, if available, is listed after the course title in the online and print catalogs. We use the following abbreviations:

CCAPP: California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals, formerly CAADAC (provider 4C-99-416-0917), continuing education for Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors;

LCSW/MFT: courses that meet the qualifications for CE credit for LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE 1505);

BRN: Board of Registered Nursing (Provider 00226);

CE credits for psychologists: UC Berkeley Extension is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. UC Berkeley Extension maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Contact the Behavioral Health Sciences Department

For General Psychology and Counseling and Psychotherapy, | (510) 643-3883

For Public Health and Health Management and Health Advocacy, | (510) 642-1061

For Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies, | (510) 642-1061

For the Post-Baccalaureate Program for Counseling and Psychology Professions, | (510) 643-3883

Stan Weisner
Behavioral Health Sciences