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 86502.1 Counseling Theories and Strategies

Credits : 3
This course focuses on the historical and current evidence-based theories and models of counseling. Emphasis is on the application of these techniques to a variety of clinical situations to improve, restore, or maintain healthy individual, couple and family relationships. It provides an opportunity to analyze case studies through a theoretical lens. Special consideration is given to the development of personal qualities intimately related to the counseling situation including 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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