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 87534 Dual Diagnosis

Credits : 3

This course explores the addiction and co-occurring disorders of the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The focus of the study is on primary and secondary differential analysis, assessment, intervention, and treatment. Behavioral addictions (e.g., gambling, food, pornography, shopping, and sex) are compared and contrasted with substance-related addiction. Learners will gain an understanding of how active participation in both negatively impacts 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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