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Berkeley Training Associates is committed to excellence in clinical license exam preparation and behavioral health care practice. We support the knowledge and skill foundations of effective, efficient and ethical professional practice through quality training materials and services.

BTA has specialized in clinical license exam preparation and staff development for over 25 years. We have assembled an outstanding team of mental health professionals and educators to develop the finest quality exam preparation and training materials available.

BTA associates have substantial direct practice experience in applying the clinical knowledge and skills we teach. Our license exam preparation materials, publications for clinical practice, and staff development programs draw heavily upon this extensive, community based, direct service experience. Berkeley Training Associates does not take an academic approach to training, and we are not affiliated with any university.

University based instruction typically takes the position that "we are preparing students for a lifelong career, not for a specific job and not to pass a particular license exam." In contrast, the Berkeley Training Associates approach is to prepare license exam candidates for the specific type and level of licensure used in their state. Our in-service training programs are specifically geared to address the regulatory, policy, procedural, and service delivery concerns of the host organization.

Stan Taubman, PhD, is the Program Director of Berkeley Training Associates and teaches on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, graduate program in Social Work. He is the former Director of the Alameda County Medi-Cal Behavioral Health Plan, as well a Director of Management Services for the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Department. His clinical experience includes private practice, mental health inpatient, outpatient and day treatment programs, child welfare and medical social work. Dr. Taubman is the author of Ending the Struggle Against Yourself(Tarcher/Putnam Publishing), as well as numerous journal articles addressing both clinical and administrative issues.

Shoshana Taubman, PsyD is currently also affiliated with Kaiser-Permanente Child and Family Psychiatry, Union City-Hayward, CA. She has previously been engaged in research on gender issues in adolescent conduct disorder at the University of California, San Diego, and has provided psychological services at the Portia Bell Hume Centre of Concord, CA, Project Pride of the East Bay Recovery Project (Oakland, CA) and Head Start (Napa, CA). Her specialty is individual, family and group psychotherapy with young children and adolescents as well as developmental testing of toddlers. Dr. Taubman has served as the President of the Board of the Northern California Learning Disabilities Association, and has provided staff development training for child protective services and other child welfare workers on Solution-Focused approaches in working with multicultural families.

Jeremy Taubman, LCSW, CAS, is the Assistant Program Director at the Kaiser Permanente, Chemical Dependency Recovery Program in Vallejo, California. He has been a featured Continuing Education Instructor for the NASW and the California Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counsellors (CAADAC). He serves as a Psych education Instructor for The New Bridge Foundation, a residential substance abuse treatment facility in Berkeley, California, and teaches license exam preparation workshops with Berkeley Training Associates, catering to social workers and marriage and family therapists. Mr. Taubman has also served as an expert panel member for the Benicia Unified School District Community Forum on Substance Abuse.

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