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—and the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Noncredit Program Award by the University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) for eight professional programs in Counseling and Psychotherapy. Our instructors are leading researchers and clinicians who offer the latest approaches to challenging issues you face every day, 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.
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Professional certificates are the highest level of academic achievement from UC Berkeley Extension. Specialized programs of study provide focused subject concentrations to develop skills within specific disciplines. Learn more.
Specialized programs of study
- Post-Baccalaureate Program for Counseling and Psychology Professions
- Professional Program in Aging and Mental Health
- Professional Program in Child and Adolescent Treatment
- Professional Program in Eating and Weight Disorders
- Professional Program in Health Advocacy
- Professional Program in Neuropsychological Assessment
- Professional Program in Trauma-Informed Interventions
- Professional Program in the Study of Loss and Grief
- Professional Program in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
- Professional Program in the Treatment of Mood Disorders
Practical Clinical Psychopharmacology: From A to Z (Adderall to Caffeine to Zoloft)
Review the pharmacologic and behavioral aspects of medications used in the treatment of depression, psychosis, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and other psychiatric conditions. Learn more.
DSM-5: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities
Examine the major changes made to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), including the rationale and scientific bases for the changes, and discuss the process of DSM-5 development, the controversies surrounding DSM-5 and how changes to DSM-5 can affect research and practice. Learn more.
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:
CAADAC: California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (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.