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Professional Program in Child and Adolescent Treatment

Children and adolescents have unique issues that require treatment tailored to their specific emotional needs, developmental issues, and family circumstances. The Professional Program in Child and Adolescent Treatment offers a series of advanced and topical workshops designed to help mental health professionals stay current in their work with children, adolescents, and their families.


There are no specific degrees or course requirements for the Professional Program in Child and Adolescent Treatment.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum comprises 2 required workshops (24 hours) and 48 hours of electives for a total of 7.2 ceu (72 hours of instruction). Students may specialize in age-specific practice, selected methods of intervention, or common presenting problems. All participants are strongly encouraged to take at least one workshop on psychological testing and/or cross-cultural practice with children and families.

Be sure to indicate on the Extension course roster that you wish to receive continuing education units for the course. This generates a record of your attendance and a letter of completion for reporting to your state licensing board.

The program can be completed at your own pace. It takes a minimum of three semesters (one year) to complete the program; however, all coursework must be completed within three years of registering for the program.

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Professional Program in Child and Adolescent Treatment, complete these two steps:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart. Please allow 3–5 business days for the registration to appear in your student account.

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The program has an estimated total cost of $2,000 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your Award of Completion. Send an email to extension-counspsych@berkeley.edu or call (510) 643-3883. After your records have been reviewed, verified, and approved, your Award of Completion will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request the award.