Doctor of Psychology Courses

PsyD | Doctor of Psychology

CalSouthern Doctor of Psychology Courses

The following Doctor of Psychology courses comprise the PsyD program at CalSouthern. The PsyD program includes 30 credit hours of required core courses, and 15 credit hours of elective courses, in addition to a doctoral project and other requirements. Although the PsyD and PhD are both respected doctorates, they differ in that the PsyD is an applied degree, clinically focused, as opposed to the PhD, which is more focused on research and scholarly publication.

Core Course Requirements

PSY 87700 Psychopharmacology

Credits : 3

This course explores the neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and biologic actions of psychopharmacological agents which are currently in use, as well as to the indications for prescribing the agents, the side effects which may occur, and the clinical considerations for the psychologist in referring the patient for medication evaluation. The course also serves as a foundation for further study for those who plan to practice psychology in the event that psychologists are granted prescription privileges. Multicultural and ethical components are considered.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentors
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Formulate the psychopharmacological interventions currently used for the DSM-5 disorders
  • Evaluate and discuss the rationale for using psychopharmacological intervention with personality disorders
  • Compare and contrast the biological, genetic, neurological, and physiological aspects of mental illness and pharmacology
  • Integrate current evidence based research in psychopharmacology
  • Consider ethical and multicultural factors in psychopharmacology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
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Elective Courses

PSY 87700 Psychopharmacology

Credits : 3

This course explores the neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and biologic actions of psychopharmacological agents which are currently in use, as well as to the indications for prescribing the agents, the side effects which may occur, and the clinical considerations for the psychologist in referring the patient for medication evaluation. The course also serves as a foundation for further study for those who plan to practice psychology in the event that psychologists are granted prescription privileges. Multicultural and ethical components are considered.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentors
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Formulate the psychopharmacological interventions currently used for the DSM-5 disorders
  • Evaluate and discuss the rationale for using psychopharmacological intervention with personality disorders
  • Compare and contrast the biological, genetic, neurological, and physiological aspects of mental illness and pharmacology
  • Integrate current evidence based research in psychopharmacology
  • Consider ethical and multicultural factors in psychopharmacology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
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Comprehensive Examination

PSY 87700 Psychopharmacology

Credits : 3

This course explores the neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and biologic actions of psychopharmacological agents which are currently in use, as well as to the indications for prescribing the agents, the side effects which may occur, and the clinical considerations for the psychologist in referring the patient for medication evaluation. The course also serves as a foundation for further study for those who plan to practice psychology in the event that psychologists are granted prescription privileges. Multicultural and ethical components are considered.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentors
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Formulate the psychopharmacological interventions currently used for the DSM-5 disorders
  • Evaluate and discuss the rationale for using psychopharmacological intervention with personality disorders
  • Compare and contrast the biological, genetic, neurological, and physiological aspects of mental illness and pharmacology
  • Integrate current evidence based research in psychopharmacology
  • Consider ethical and multicultural factors in psychopharmacology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
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Practicum

PSY 87700 Psychopharmacology

Credits : 3

This course explores the neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and biologic actions of psychopharmacological agents which are currently in use, as well as to the indications for prescribing the agents, the side effects which may occur, and the clinical considerations for the psychologist in referring the patient for medication evaluation. The course also serves as a foundation for further study for those who plan to practice psychology in the event that psychologists are granted prescription privileges. Multicultural and ethical components are considered.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentors
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Formulate the psychopharmacological interventions currently used for the DSM-5 disorders
  • Evaluate and discuss the rationale for using psychopharmacological intervention with personality disorders
  • Compare and contrast the biological, genetic, neurological, and physiological aspects of mental illness and pharmacology
  • Integrate current evidence based research in psychopharmacology
  • Consider ethical and multicultural factors in psychopharmacology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
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Doctoral Project Course Requirements

PSY 87700 Psychopharmacology

Credits : 3

This course explores the neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and biologic actions of psychopharmacological agents which are currently in use, as well as to the indications for prescribing the agents, the side effects which may occur, and the clinical considerations for the psychologist in referring the patient for medication evaluation. The course also serves as a foundation for further study for those who plan to practice psychology in the event that psychologists are granted prescription privileges. Multicultural and ethical components are considered.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentors
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Formulate the psychopharmacological interventions currently used for the DSM-5 disorders
  • Evaluate and discuss the rationale for using psychopharmacological intervention with personality disorders
  • Compare and contrast the biological, genetic, neurological, and physiological aspects of mental illness and pharmacology
  • Integrate current evidence based research in psychopharmacology
  • Consider ethical and multicultural factors in psychopharmacology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
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Internship

PSY 87700 Psychopharmacology

Credits : 3

This course explores the neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and biologic actions of psychopharmacological agents which are currently in use, as well as to the indications for prescribing the agents, the side effects which may occur, and the clinical considerations for the psychologist in referring the patient for medication evaluation. The course also serves as a foundation for further study for those who plan to practice psychology in the event that psychologists are granted prescription privileges. Multicultural and ethical components are considered.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentors
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Formulate the psychopharmacological interventions currently used for the DSM-5 disorders
  • Evaluate and discuss the rationale for using psychopharmacological intervention with personality disorders
  • Compare and contrast the biological, genetic, neurological, and physiological aspects of mental illness and pharmacology
  • Integrate current evidence based research in psychopharmacology
  • Consider ethical and multicultural factors in psychopharmacology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
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