MA | Master of Arts in Psychology

Psychology master's courses in the Master of Arts in Psychology program

The following master's level courses comprise CalSouthern’s Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology degree program. In order to fulfill educational requirements for licensure at the master’s level in California – MFT and/or LPCC – all required courses must be completed. Elective options are not available for this program. For licensure requirements in other states, please contact your applicable state board.

Required Core Courses

PSY 86511A Substance Use and Related Disorders

Credits : 3
This course focuses on the etiology, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of substance use and co-occurring disorders. Evidence-based counseling approaches that facilitate ethical intervention and treatment are explored. Special consideration is given to culture, diversity, stigmatization and special populations as related to substance use recovery. Consultation, community outreach, referral and preventative interventions are addressed.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Illustrate an understanding of the etiology and theories related to substance use and related disorders
  • Examine ethical and legal issues related to substance use and related disorders
  • Identify standard screening and assessment instruments for substance use and related disorders
  • Develop appropriate treatment plans incorporating recovery methods and strategies in collaboration with other professionals
  • Apply a working knowledge of research on prevention, early intervention and treatment of substance use and related disorders
  • Recognize methods and strategies related to working with diverse and marginalized populations
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in the use of technology
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