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

MFT 86700.1 Psychopharmacology

Credits : 3

This course covers commonly prescribed psychotropic medications in the field of professional counseling and family therapy. Pharmacological classifications, indications, contraindications, and side effects are addressed in the treatment of adults and children with mental disorders. Focus is on an interdisciplinary approach including referral, coordination of care, and collaboration with medical professionals. Cultural diversity issues and the legal/ethical aspects of pharmacotherapy are considered.

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
  • Summarize the psychopharmacological interventions currently used for the major DSM classifications
  • Differentiate the medications and medical conditions which simulate psychiatric disorders
  • Discriminate issues of culture and diversity relevant to pharmacological treatment
  • Integrate research on pharmacological management of psychiatric disorders
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Evaluate, incorporate, and demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
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