Psychology Courses

Single Master’s-Level Psychology Courses

At CalSouthern, students are permitted to enroll in a course at the master’s level without committing to a particular degree program. It’s a great option for students who want to:

  • Get a feel for online learning at CalSouthern before pursuing a master’s degree
  • Earn credits that can be applied toward a master’s degree at CalSouthern or another institution*
  • Gain master’s-level knowledge and expertise in a topic of interest

Choose any master’s-level course offered by CalSouthern’s School of Psychology. You’ll find a vast selection of subjects available, on topics as diverse as addiction, human sexuality, organizational psychology, marriage and family therapy and psychopathology.

Getting started is a quick and simple process. No entrance exams are required and you don’t have to provide official transcripts. A bachelor’s degree is not required to take master’s-level courses. (However, if you wish to enroll in a master’s-level degree program, a bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite.) Courses start every month; you’ll never encounter a closed course or waiting list!

*Although credits from regionally accredited institutions like CalSouthern are readily accepted by other universities, acceptance is at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Graduate Courses

PSY 87534 Dual Diagnosis

Credits : 3
This course explains co-occurring disorders of the current Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) Substance Related Disorders and Behavioral Addictions. The focus of the study is on the primary and secondary differential analysis, assessment, intervention and treatment. The course distinguishes between behavioral addiction, as defined by recurring behavior or compulsion, and substance or substance related addiction. Exploration of addiction and co-occurring disorders of the current (DSM) are addressed. Behavioral addictions (i.e. gambling, food, computers, pornography, shopping, and sex) are compared and contrasted with substance related addiction and how active participation in both, negatively impact the lives of individual and families. Previous graduate coursework in substance related disorders and behavioral addiction is recommended.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Discriminate differential diagnosis of dual diagnosis and comorbidity
  • Create treatment plans for case management
  • Apply evidence based intervention strategies & relapse prevention modalities
  • Recognize cultural and legal/ethical issues related to co-occurring disorders
  • Formulate research based approaches to assessment and treatment
  • Evaluate and incorporate emerging relevant technologies applicable to the field of psychology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology
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