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 87703 Psychological Assessment II
This course introduces the use of projective measures of assessment, and their integration with other psychological tests. Learners will learn how to administer, score and interpret the Beck Depression Inventory, 2nd Edition (BDI-II), the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), and the House-Tree-Person test. Learners will interpret a WAIS-IV protocol. Learners will interview and test a volunteer client. If possible, it is best to use someone you do not know personally. Throughout this class, you will be building a test report, adding to it and revising it in response to feedback from your mentor. In Activity 5 you will conduct a mental status exam and psychosocial history, and write your findings in a report. In later activities you will administer, score, and interpret the BDI-II, the House-Tree-Person test, and the TAT. In Activity 20 you will review the WAIS-IV protocol found in Resources and add your interpretation to your report. Finally, in Activity 23, you will submit a final report, incorporating all of the information gathered and your mentor's feedback to that point. You will include your diagnoses and recommendations.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
- Analyze intelligence tests
- Analyze objective tests
- Create a comprehensive psychological assessment report
- Analyze projective psychological tests
- Synthesize psychological test information, behavioral observations, and psychosocial history into comprehensive test reports
- Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology