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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.


Mark Langton,
Certificate Program in
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies

How Will the 'End of Life Option' Affect Your Practice?

Beginning June 9, 2016, California's terminally ill residents will have more control over how they choose to live their final moments. The End of Life Option Act—ABX2 15, California's version of Oregon's Death With Dignity law—goes into effect following a 25-year effort to pass similar laws. ABX2 15 presents both benefits and risks to patients and health care clinicians and advocates. That is why The End of Life Option Act: What Mental Health Clinicians Need to Know workshop with David Jull-Patterson, Ph.D., is so important now for those working in or representing those in health care, as the law will be a game changer.

Learn about how ABX2 15 affects clinicians and advocates in aid-in-dying situations.

New Courses

Strategies for Preventing and Treating Eating Disorders
Get an introduction to intervention strategies that emphasize a weight-inclusive approach that prioritizes well-being and social determinants of health over body weight. Course meets on July 16.

The End of Life Option Act: What Mental Health Clinicians Need to Know
Learn about ABX2 15—California’s physician aid-in-dying law, which takes effect on June 9, 2016—and its impact on clinical activities. Course meets on July 30.

Tomorrow's Drugs: Emerging Substances of Abuse
Examine forces driving the evolution of emerging drugs, and review the programs and tools being used to monitor and treat their use and abuse. Course meets on Aug. 6.

Trauma, Loss, Grief and Resilience: Helping Children, Youth and Families Thrive
Explore the ways in which trauma, grief and loss intersect, and learn how to implement useful strategies to assist those affected as part of their roadmap to healing. Course meets on Aug. 6.

Professional Program in Fundraising and Volunteer Management
Develop the necessary skills of donor cultivation and the design and implementation of volunteer and board member recruitment and retention. This jointly sponsored course program begins Sept. 23.

Challenging Transferences in the Treatment of Trauma: A Relational/Attachment Focus for Adult Psychotherapy
Examine transference/countertransference responses in adult psychotherapy in the wake of childhood trauma, and learn how normal attachment is derailed by the experience of early trauma. Course meets on Sept. 24.

Treatment Considerations for African-American Clients
Explore clinical cases through a culturally sensitive lens and critically examine a range of intervention strategies that can improve treatment outcomes for African-American clients and their families. Course meets on Oct. 15.

Responding to the Changing Landscape in Geriatric Health Advocacy
Designed for health-care advocates and allied health professionals who work directly with older adults, you review some of the latest products and technology that may keep seniors safely at home, as well as additional care options and services currently available. Course meets on Oct. 15.

Legal, Ethical and Cultural Competence in Clinical Supervision
Get an introduction to the conceptual, legal/ethical and diversity issues surrounding clinical supervision, with an emphasis on existing models and the research base for more effective fostering. Course meets Oct. 29.

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New Book From Extension Honored Instructor

David Presti, Ph.D., is an interesting guy.

His latest book, Foundational Concepts in Neuroscience: A Brain-Mind Odyssey, hit the presses in early 2016, and is shaped by experiences he’s had as a Berkeley professor. But this isn’t just another dry textbook culled from years in front of the classroom. All of those years of teaching prompted Presti to deliberately create a text that was engaging and accessible to anyone interested in learning about the brain. Acknowledging perceptions about academic texts, he insists, “This book is the antidote: comprehensive and exacting, while affable, hopefully fun to read.” 

Learn more about this Extension Honored Instructor and his new book.

"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.

President Obama Speaks at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit

March 29, 2016, Atlanta, GA: "This is not something that's just restricted to a small set of communities. This is affecting everybody—young, old, men, women, children, rural, urban, suburban," says President Obama, of the opioid abuse epidemic in the United States.

One of the ways President Obama plans to address the issue is by "concentrating on physician education in terms of how they prescribe painkillers to prevent abuse. Making sure that the treatment—Medication-Assisted Treatment programs—are more widely available to more people."

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