Single Doctoral-Level Psychology Courses
At CalSouthern, students may enroll in a course at the doctoral level without committing to a degree program. It’s a great option for students who want to:
- Get a feel for online learning at CalSouthern before pursuing a doctoral degree
- Earn credits that can be applied toward a doctorate at CalSouthern or another institution*
- Gain knowledge and expertise at the highest academic level in a topic of particular interest
Choose any of the doctoral courses from the CalSouthern’s School of Psychology. You’ll find a vast selection of subjects available, on topics as diverse as addiction, human sexuality, trauma, sports psychology, domestic violence and neuroscience.
Getting started is a quick and simple process. No entrance exams are required and you don’t have to provide official transcripts. A master’s degree is not required to take doctoral-level courses. (However, if you wish to commit to CalSouthern’s Doctor of Psychology program, a master’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.
PSY 87514 Brief Therapy
This course provides an overview of brief therapy roots and demonstrates techniques common to all brief therapy models. Since in the current field of mental health, there is a rising demand for the utilization of effective short-term therapy, the focus of study for this course is on client problem resolution as the solution to the psychological complaint, consistent with current requirements of managed health care providers. Audio or videotape assignments may be required.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
- Examine the constructs of brief therapy
- Formulate a comparative analysis of brief therapy to other theoretical models
- Research evidence based models of brief therapy for individuals and families
- Illustrate an understanding of legal/ethical issues and multicultural perspectives
- Construct diagnostic treatment plans integrating brief therapy modalities
- 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