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 87537 Psychology of Chronic Illness

Credits : 3

This course examines medical, psychological, and sociocultural factors related to various types of physical, neurological, sensory, psychiatric, and pain-related disabilities. The focus is on the etiology of chronic illness, evidence-based treatment interventions, and the psychological impact on both the patient and their significant others. Psychosocial assessment, treatment planning, and the use of various resources to assist the patient and their families are also explored.

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
  • Differentiate the evidence based therapeutic techniques that are effective with chronic illness
  • Hypothesize the emotional, psychological, social and personality dynamics related to chronic illness
  • Consider the impact of chronic illness on interpersonal and family relationships
  • Compare research on the medical, psychosocial, environmental, and spiritual aspects of chronic illness
  • Formulate ethical considerations of chronic illness and culture and diversity
  • 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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