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.
View fall 2015 Behavioral Health Sciences courses (interactive PDF) or find all courses in the following areas:
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 Evidence-Based Therapy for Anxiety and Mood 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
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.
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!
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.