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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 begins in May 2014.  For more information, see the class description.

Practical Issues in Forming, Maintaining and Facilitating Groups  (Six CEU’s)

Jamie Moran, LCSW, CGP
Date: Friday, June 13th
Time: 9:30 – 5:00 (lunch 12:30 – 2:00)
Cost: $150
Therapists are often drawn to creating groups in their work settings. Many also struggle with some or all aspects of group implementation. This workshop will offer practical, salient ideas and concepts reflecting group formation, preparation and leadership.
We will focus on initial efforts to create a meaningful and viable topic, marketing aspects, effective screening and assessment tools and how to work with clients who are waiting for the initial start date. Additional emphasis will be on therapist interventions, how to work with group conflict, challenging clients, countertransference issues and effective termination.
Format will include didactic presentations, dyads, small and large group discussions, handouts, role plays/experiential exercises, a demonstration group (fishbowl) and questions/answers.  A primary goal for this workshop is to give participants a clear and concise list of next steps to have a group up and running, as well as to receive additional input regarding how current groups are functioning.
Registration:  To register please complete and mail in the registration form by June 6th. Link to reservation form can be found on the instructor’s website toward the middle of the page: http://www.jamiemoran.com/calendar.html
Payment can be mailed in with your form or made through Paypal (instructions on form). Any questions about the workshop or registration process can be directed to Jamie Moran at jammoran@aol.com.
Jamie Moran, LCSW, CGP, is in Private Practice in San Francisco and Menlo Park.  He specializes in leading long term, psychodynamic process groups for men of all sexual orientations.  Jamie has led groups for the past thirty years and currently leads seven weekly psychotherapy groups.  He has provided numerous trainings, in-services, and workshops on groups.  .


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, and we welcome suggestions regarding course topics that may be of interest to WISR students, alumni and other professionals in the larger communityyou. 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. Core Faculty Carole Morton, MA, LMFT is the WISR coordinator for the BBS CE courses. Additionally, these Continuing Education seminars are also open to all current WISR students and alumni/ae as well as students. (WISR’s Continuing Education offerings for April are listed on WISR’s April Calendar as well as on Facebook pages: WISR Continuing-Education and WISR Clinical-Anthropology.)

Continuing Education Enrollment Policies: Payment: Send check payable to: Western Institute for Social Research, 1001 46th Street, Suite A, Emeryville, CA 94608.
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 full refund. For more information: wisrceu@gmail.com.

Continuing Education Seminars


  • 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.
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:
  • 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, for a single workshop, or for non-credit instruction: In most cases, students seeking to receive credit for a single class or two (of about two to four semester units each) shall be charged the $600 enrollment fee and two months’ tuition currently $625 as of July 1 2012 for each class, except that if the scope of the class(es) and the demands on faculty and administrative time are likely to be notably higher or lower, the President has the discretion to negotiate an enrollment agreement with the student which is slightly higher or lower than this baseline. Also, students pursuing more than one class will be offered a discount. A student wishing to receive credit for an all-day seminar such as Child Abuse and Reporting will be expected to pay about $250. If a student wishes to have assistance in an ongoing project of some complexity–such as a thesis or dissertation being pursued with another institution, work on a book or article they are writing, or a community action project–then the non-degree student will usually be charged tuition for the number of months of primary service. Moreover, if the project is substantial and labor-intensive for WISR faculty (such as critiquing drafts of a dissertation and/or helping with the design of thesis research) at least three months of tuition will most likely be charged. In any case, WISR’s President will negotiate, subject to review by WISR Board members, a tuition agreement individually with each special student not pursuing an entire degree program at WISR. The tuition agreement will be based on these guidelines, mindful of individual circumstances, and equitable in terms of tuition paid by other WISR students and institutional resources required. The agreed on tuition will be outlined in a signed enrollment agreement prior to instruction, so that the student will have a complete and clear advance disclosure from WISR as to the costs of instruction.