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 86502 Counseling Theories and Strategies

Credits : 3

This course explores the major psychotherapeutic models and theories in current use. The focus is on the application of techniques to a variety of clinical situations to improve, restore, or maintain healthy individuals, and couple and family relationships. Emphasis is given to the development of those personal qualities that are intimately related to effective counseling, such as integrity, sensitivity, flexibility, insight, compassion, and personal presence.


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
  • Distinguish between the major theories of psychotherapy
  • Critique and apply the intervention models of major theoretical figures
  • Analyze case studies by applying major theories for analysis
  • Integrate legal-ethical and cultural tenets of counseling and psychotherapy
  • Compile research on the current evidence based methods of psychotherapy
  • 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 emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
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