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Non-Degree Learning

WISR currently offers several options for adult learners who do not wish to pursue an academic degree.

Class on Public Relations for Issue-Based Non-Profits.

This class is ongoing, and new students are welcome.  For more information, see the class description.


WISR has authority from the State Board of Nursing to offer continuing education courses with CEUs for nurses (BRN Provider Number 15365). We will be offering such courses from time to time within the scope of the content of WISR’s degree programs, and we welcome suggestions regarding course topics that may be of interest to WISR students, alumni and other professionals in the larger community. These courses are designed under the supervision and leadership of WISR core faculty member, Vera Labat, RN, PHN, MPH. WISR also offers Board of Behavioral Sciences approved Continuing Education (CE) for all Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEPs), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs). These courses will address personal and social healing and offer in-depth learning opportunities in select required and elective clinical subject areas. The courses enable students to equip themselves with the practical skills and analytical tools necessary to maintain their licensure and enhance their professional expertise. MFT Core Faculty coordinate the BBS CE courses. Additionally, these Continuing Education seminars are also open to all current WISR students and alumni/ae as well as students.

Continuing Education Enrollment Policies: Payment: Send check payable to: Western Institute for Social Research, 2930 Shattuck Ave., Suite 300, Berkeley, CA  94705.
Withdrawal: Full Refund if enrollee cancels (email or in writing) at least 5 days prior to class date, otherwise $20.00 deducted from refund. Late arrival/ No Show: Enrollees who do not attend or are more than 30 minutes late are registered as “no show” without refund. Cancellation: WISR will notify Enrollees of cancellation of any scheduled classes at least one week prior to class date and provide a full refund. For more information: mail@wisr.edu

MFT and LPCC Coursework Required by State of California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences

  • Those moving to California from out of state and who are seeking the State of California Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) license, are able to take their needed MFT courses at WISR. WISR’s MFT courses are State approved. Many can be taken by directed independent study, and the required readings and term paper can be done while consulting with WISR faculty by phone and by e-mail. In addition, sometimes MFT students and interns from within California need to pursue an additional class immediately, and oftentimes arrangements can be made to start an individualized MFT course on as little as one week’s notice.
  • WISR is also offering courses in Group Counseling, Career Development and Crisis and Trauma Counseling for those seeking the new California LPCC license. Contact WISR for information on these courses and the affordable costs involved.

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WISR welcomes learners from other academic institutions, and from the larger community . . .

who wish personalized assistance from WISR’s highly capable and experienced faculty. Most WISR faculty members combine years’ of experience in facilitating creative, personalized, community-based learning “the WISR way” with the conventional expertise gained in earning graduate degrees from such well-known institutions as the University of Califoria California at Berkeley and New York University. In particular,

WISR faculty are available to instruct, guide, coach and support learners who are interested in learning that is within the scope of the content and learning methods of WISR’s degree programs:
  • working on books, articles, theses or dissertations;
  • looking for assistance in improving their writing (especially to express themselves in their own voice);
  • interested in learning how to use qualitative research methods (e.g., participant-observation, action, and interviewing methods) and participatory, action-oriented research;
  • aiming to starting their own non-profit agency or an innovative program within an existing agency;
  • in retirement or nearing retirement and want to be part of an exciting, socially concerned intellectual community, in order to further their pursuit of lifelong learning;
  • seeking coaching, intellectual stimulation, and support for their exploration of “mid-life” career and life transitions;
  • interested in becoming part of a multiultural learning commuity that is hospitable to intellectual activists and others who are marginalized by many conventional institutions.
Tuition charges . . .

for students seeking to receive credit for only one or two independent study courses, or for non-credit instruction is $1,225.00 per course.