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 87541 Psychology of Religion
The Psychology of Religion explores the characteristics, ethical issues and integration of spirituality into psychotherapy. Areas of health and the role of culture are also investigated. This course provides an introductory examination of how spirituality and therapy are intimately related. The course reviews models for healing through understanding the role of religion, ritual and spirituality in the individual. Spiritual assessment of the individual is also discussed. Students will be able to determine the relationship between healing and spirituality, focusing on specific therapeutic interventions. Students are also encouraged to develop a personal model of spiritual development and to understand the integration of spirituality for self and clients, offering an active role for clients in the development of their healing process. This course focuses on areas of interest to therapists who work in mental health care settings and those planning to in the future. It will inform the individual on the role of spirituality in the individual.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 spiritual ritual and spiritual interventions
- Assess the relationship of religion and spirituality to health
- Formulate spiritual assessment and treatment plans in psychotherapy
- Correlate current research on religion and spirituality and its role in psychotherapy
- Combine legal/ethical issues of religion/spirituality in the therapeutic relationship
- 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