Whether you're a licensed clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, addictions counselor, registered nurse or psychologist, UC Berkeley Extension is the approved provider you want for your professional development and licensing needs. Our instructors are leading researchers and clinicians who offer the latest approaches to challenging issues you face, from treating patients with mood or anxiety disorders to facilitating grief counseling groups to diagnosing psychiatric disorders in children or older adults. You can also earn a professional certificate in alcohol and drug abuse studies, one of the best and first of its kind in the country, developed with the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Most courses are held in Berkeley, San Francisco, Belmont and online.

View fall 2015 Behavioral Health Sciences courses (interactive PDF) or find all courses in the following areas:

New Courses

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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.

Add Counseling for Loss and Grief to Your Skill Set

The two-day Introduction to Loss and Grief Issues: Refreshing Old Skills, Learning New Skills offers a chance for those working in the fields of mental health, nursing, human resources and counseling to gain additional expertise. Hear from guest speakers who provide an overview of recent approaches to grief counseling and focus on key topics in the field. Save your seat!

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-99-416-0803), 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, extension-counspsych@berkeley.edu | (510) 643-3883

For Public Health and Health Management and Health Advocacy, extension-publichealth@berkeley.edu | (510) 642-1061

For Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies, extension-alcoholdrug@berkeley.edu | (510) 642-1061

For the Post-Baccalaureate Program for Counseling and Psychology Professions, extension-counspsych@berkeley.edu | (510) 643-3883

Stan Weisner
Behavioral Health Sciences