Overview

Explore our affordable courses, certificates, and workshops on cutting-edge mental health topics taught by leading practitioners.

As an approved provider for mental health professionals, social workers, and nurses, JFK University Continuing Education offers a diverse selection of courses to meet your licensing and professional development needs. You can learn about the latest diagnostic tools and therapeutic approaches for the issues your patients face or explore a clinical area in-depth to enhance your professional expertise. Our instructors are experts in their fields who will equip you with the practical skills and tools you need. Choose courses offered online and onsite at one of our two Bay Area campuses.

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About Continuing Education
We provide quality programs that are accessible, affordable, professionally relevant and delivered with exceptional customer service.

John F. Kennedy University’s Continuing Education (CE) department provides professional development and personal enrichment programs that serve the diverse needs of our alumni and surrounding communities in the greater Bay Area.

Specializing in the fields of psychology, law and health care, CE offers a variety of certificate programs and courses for psychologists, mental health professionals, registered nurses and attorneys who seek to acquire or maintain licensure, expand their knowledge, increase their proficiency, or specialize in a particular area of expertise in their respective fields. Taught by expert scholar-practitioners at two campuses (Pleasant Hill, San Jose) and online, our courses integrate theory and practice that can be immediately applied, and they are convenient, accessible and affordable.

Our certificate programs are designed to offer in-depth learning opportunities in select clinical subject areas. Current topics of study include: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eating Disorders, Expressive Arts Therapy, Deep Imagination, and Treatment Strategies for Returning Troops.

CE is approved to sponsor courses by the American Psychological Association (APA), the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), the California Foundation for the Advancement of Addiction Professionals (CFAAP/CAADAC), and the State Bar of California.

CE offers a 10% discount to JFK University students, faculty, staff and alumni for any on-site course.

Please note: CE courses cannot be applied toward an academic degree or academic certificate program.

General Information
John F. Kennedy University’s Continuing Education department provides the greater Bay Area with accessible and forward-thinking lifelong learning opportunities that empower individuals and organizations to engage their disciplines, interests, and ambitions in germane, connected, and creative ways.

JFK University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, height, weight, national origin, religion, age, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status or disability. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of all groups that are underrepresented in higher education.

Published Course Schedules and Substitutions
Although we make every effort to maintain published course schedules, CE reserves the right to make changes in fees, faculty assignments, course dates and room locations. We will notify participants as soon as possible should any course-related changes occur. Please see the link for our Course Calendar on the right side bar for the most current course schedule information.

Course Cancellations
CE reserves the right to cancel any course in the event of insufficient enrollment, instructor illness, national emergency, or natural disaster. Participants will be notified as soon as possible and will receive a full refund or transfer to another course within the current catalog cycle without penalty of any additional processing fees. The liability of JFK University CE is limited to registration fees only. JFK University will not be responsible for any losses incurred by students including, but not limited to, airline cancellation charges or hotel deposits.

Fees
All courses offered through CE are entirely self-supporting. Fees for courses vary and are adjusted to accommodate course expenses. Fees are listed in this catalog in each course description. JFKU-CE reserves the right to change course fees as necessary.

Certificates of Attendance
CE certificates will be presented at the completion of each onsite course to students who have preregistered at least five (5) business days prior to the start of the course. If registration occurs less than five days before the course start date, we cannot guarantee that your CE certificate will be available onsite. In that case, your certificate will be mailed to you as soon as possible, once your attendance is verified. For online course students, CE certificates are immediately available after you successfully complete the final exam and evaluation.

Program Credit
CE Credit: Course numbers that include “CE” provide mandated continuing education credit for agency requirements as indicated. These courses may be taken for professional development or personal enrichment. One hour of CE credit is granted for one contact hour of instruction. Partial credit is never granted.

APA: The course offers credit to mental health professionals regulated by The American Psychological Association.

BBS: The course offers credit to mental health professionals regulated by the California Board of Behavioral Science.

CFAAP/CAADAC: The course offers credit to practitioners regulated by California Foundation for the Advancement of Addiction Professionals.

RN: The course offers credit to professionals regulated by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Disability Services
All individuals with disabilities who need special accommodations or related assistance should contact the Office of Disability Services at least three (3) weeks prior to the beginning of the course. Please call 925.969.3530.

Certificates & Workshops

Types of Programs and Courses We Offer

Certification Programs

Our certificate programs are designed to offer in-depth learning opportunities in select clinical subject areas.

Pre-Licensing Courses

These courses fulfill the mandatory California State Board pre-licensing requirements for psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs & LPCCs.

Required Courses

These courses fulfill the mandatory California State Board license renewal requirements for psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs.

Special Topic Courses

These courses cover a breath of topics to meet your Continuing education objectives.

Supervision Courses

These clinical supervision courses cover your needs to supervise pre-and post-degree mental health providers, social workers, MFTs, and psychologists.

See all of our continuing education courses.

CE Accreditations

WSCUC
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
APA
The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. JFK University Continuing Education (CE) maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
BBS
The California Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider #PCE 3555, to provide continuing education for MFTs and LCSWs
CalBar
The State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) for attorneys (provider #9067).
BRN
The California Board of Registered Nursing to provide continuing education for registered nurses. Provider #02354.
CFAAP/CAADAC
The California Foundation for the Advancement of Addiction Professionals. Provider #4-C-95-322-1111.

FAQs

What are the benefits of CE’s certificate programs?

Our certificate programs are designed to offer in-depth learning opportunities in select clinical subject areas. These certificate programs enable students to equip themselves with the practical skills and analytical tools necessary to achieve professional expertise. Courses in our certificate programs address all knowledge bases, from core competencies to advanced levels.

How do I enroll in a CE certificate program?

Enrolling in a certificate program is easy. Simply fill out a Certificate Application for each certificate you are pursuing, and return it to us along with the non-refundable application fee before you enroll in your second course in the program. If you have already taken more than one course in the program, please call our office at 800.557.1384 to apply. You will have three years from the date your application is received to complete your program.

Can I try a certificate course without enrolling in a certificate program?

Yes. All of our certificate courses are available as stand-alone courses or as part of a certificate program. You may try a certificate course at any time and receive CE credit for it as a general course. If you decide to pursue a certificate, simply submit a Certificate Application to us and continue your coursework. Any courses you have taken toward that certificate will be applied toward the program.

Do I have to start with the introduction course or core course?

No. It is not required that the courses be completed in a particular order. However, we recommend that participants take the core course(s) early in their program if they are unfamiliar with the subject matter.

Do you have a list of the core classes and electives offered in each CE certificate program?

The core courses for each certificate are listed on the web page for each certificate and in the catalog. Core courses are offered at least once per year. Electives are offered on a rotating basis and vary each catalog cycle. We are constantly developing new electives in each certificate program, to stay abreast of new and pertinent information in the field.

May I substitute courses?

Substitutions are not recommended as each certificate is designed to provide the appropriate training in each subject of interest. However, one appropriate course may be substituted for an elective as long as written preauthorization is obtained from the CE Program Director. All substitutions must come from JFK University’s CE course selections only.

What if a past class is no longer offered in my certificate program? Will it still count toward my certificate?

Yes. Our certificate courses change as new developments arise in the field. Any classes that were originally included as part of the certificate program will count toward the requirements.

Can one certificate class apply to multiple certificate programs?

No. Although some of our certificate classes apply to more than one certificate program, you may only apply each class to one certificate of your choice. You must complete the full number of hours required for each certificate, without duplicating courses.

How long do I have to complete the coursework in my certificate?

You have three years from the date of your Certificate Program Application. Most students complete their coursework in a year or two. Now that I have completed the required courses for my chosen certificate, how do I request my certificate? Please send a completed Verification Form to our office, and we will mail you a certificate (please allow 6-8 weeks). The best practice for tracking courses is to update your Verification Form as you complete each course.

If you are not sure what courses you have taken you may need to request a transcript. How do I get a CE transcript?

Continuing Education transcripts may be ordered from the University Registration Office. For information about ordering a transcript, call (925) 969-3353.

Which courses qualify for Pre-Licensing?

JFK University’s Continuing Education Division offers an array of courses that fulfill the mandatory California State Board pre-licensing requirements for psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs & LPCCs.

Online Courses – Available Anytime (Please be sure to read Online Course registration information and policies.)

15-Hour Chemical Dependency Training*

15-Hour Crises and Trauma Counseling*

15-Hour Spousal/Partner Abuse Assessment, Detection & Intervention

Child Abuse Assessment, Reporting & Treatment* (7 hr)

Psychological Testing* (3 unit)

Psychopharmacology* (3 unit)

To determine which courses you need for licensure, please visit the appropriate website listed in the resources.

Which Courses are offered that fulfill the mandatory California State Board license renewal requirements for psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs?

The following courses meet requirements for the aforementioned licenses:

Law and Ethics in Clinical Supervision: Fundamentals

3-Hour Learning from Mistakes: What Malpractice Cases Teach Mental Health Professionals

6-Hour Deepening Legal & Ethical Understanding in Professional Practice

Law & Ethics in Clinical Supervision: A Deeper Look

Online Courses – Available Anytime (Please be sure to read Online Course registration information and policies.)

6-Hour Deepening Legal & Ethical Understanding in Professional Practice

7-Hour Spousal/Partner Abuse Assessment, Treatment & Intervention

15-Hour Chemical Dependency Training

3-Hour Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Supervision

Child Abuse Assessment, Reporting & Treatment

Which courses are Supervision Courses?

The clinical supervision courses offered through JFK University’s Continuing Education Division cover all the information you need to supervise pre-and post-degree mental health providers including social workers, MFTs, and psychologists.

Designed to provide students with flexible options, our courses cover a variety of topics including basic skills, legal and ethical issues, cross-cultural needs and difficult situations. Choose one or more courses based on your particular needs.

Law and Ethics in Clinical Supervision: Fundamentals

Law & Ethics in Clinical Supervision: A Deeper Look

Online Courses – Available Anytime (Please be sure to read Online Course registration information and policies.)

15-Hour Clinical Supervision Training

6-Hour Clinical Supervision Training Online: Laws, Regulations and Supervision Basics

6-Hour Clinical Supervision Training Online: Difficult Situations, Vicarious Traumatization, and Cross-Cultural Issues

6-Hour Law & Ethics in Clinical Supervision: Fundamentals

3-Hour Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Supervision Online