Psychology Courses

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.

Doctoral Courses

PSY 87534 Dual Diagnosis

Credits : 3
This course explains co-occurring disorders of the current Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) Substance Related Disorders and Behavioral Addictions. The focus of the study is on the primary and secondary differential analysis, assessment, intervention and treatment. The course distinguishes between behavioral addiction, as defined by recurring behavior or compulsion, and substance or substance related addiction. Exploration of addiction and co-occurring disorders of the current (DSM) are addressed. Behavioral addictions (i.e. gambling, food, computers, pornography, shopping, and sex) are compared and contrasted with substance related addiction and how active participation in both, negatively impact 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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