MS | Master of Science in Psychology

Master of Science in Psychology Courses

Below, please find the psychology degree courses in CalSouthern’s Master of Science in Psychology program. By taking five three-credit psychology degree courses in one of five different subject areas, you can earn your MS with an emphasis on chemical dependence and compulsive disorders, sports psychology, organizational psychology, pastoral counseling, or general psychology.

Required Core 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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Thesis

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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Elective Areas of Concentration

Concentration One: General Psychology

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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Concentration Two: Pastoral Counseling

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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Concentration Three: Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency

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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Concentration Four: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

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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Concentration Five: Sport Psychology

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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