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 87800 Comprehensive Examination

Credits : 1

The Comprehensive Examination provides an opportunity to assess comprehensive academic competence in psychology. Preparing for and taking the examination encourages the integration of all facets of doctoral education completed during the first two years of the program. The examination is considered in evaluating Learners' readiness to take on the increased professional responsibilities of the practicum placements. Accordingly, a grade of "Satisfactory" is required to accept Practicum placements. The examination is offered prior to registration in Practicum. Learners are given three opportunities to pass the examination.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Distinguish between the major theories of psychotherapy
  • Analyze the existing theories of psychopathology
  • Identify ssessment skills for diagnostic interpretation
  • Analyze legal and ethical issues related to psychopathology
  • Examine ethical applications to cross cultural and diversity issues
  • Examine training, supervision, and state licensing requirements
  • Analyze local laws regulating the practice of psychology including issues of confidentiality
  • Examine statutory and case law regarding duty to inform (Tarasoff), child and elder abuse reporting, danger to self and involuntary confinement.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the the Taylor Study Method
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Elective Courses

PSY 87800 Comprehensive Examination

Credits : 1

The Comprehensive Examination provides an opportunity to assess comprehensive academic competence in psychology. Preparing for and taking the examination encourages the integration of all facets of doctoral education completed during the first two years of the program. The examination is considered in evaluating Learners' readiness to take on the increased professional responsibilities of the practicum placements. Accordingly, a grade of "Satisfactory" is required to accept Practicum placements. The examination is offered prior to registration in Practicum. Learners are given three opportunities to pass the examination.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Distinguish between the major theories of psychotherapy
  • Analyze the existing theories of psychopathology
  • Identify ssessment skills for diagnostic interpretation
  • Analyze legal and ethical issues related to psychopathology
  • Examine ethical applications to cross cultural and diversity issues
  • Examine training, supervision, and state licensing requirements
  • Analyze local laws regulating the practice of psychology including issues of confidentiality
  • Examine statutory and case law regarding duty to inform (Tarasoff), child and elder abuse reporting, danger to self and involuntary confinement.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the the Taylor Study Method
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Comprehensive Examination

PSY 87800 Comprehensive Examination

Credits : 1

The Comprehensive Examination provides an opportunity to assess comprehensive academic competence in psychology. Preparing for and taking the examination encourages the integration of all facets of doctoral education completed during the first two years of the program. The examination is considered in evaluating Learners' readiness to take on the increased professional responsibilities of the practicum placements. Accordingly, a grade of "Satisfactory" is required to accept Practicum placements. The examination is offered prior to registration in Practicum. Learners are given three opportunities to pass the examination.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Distinguish between the major theories of psychotherapy
  • Analyze the existing theories of psychopathology
  • Identify ssessment skills for diagnostic interpretation
  • Analyze legal and ethical issues related to psychopathology
  • Examine ethical applications to cross cultural and diversity issues
  • Examine training, supervision, and state licensing requirements
  • Analyze local laws regulating the practice of psychology including issues of confidentiality
  • Examine statutory and case law regarding duty to inform (Tarasoff), child and elder abuse reporting, danger to self and involuntary confinement.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the the Taylor Study Method
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Practicum

PSY 87800 Comprehensive Examination

Credits : 1

The Comprehensive Examination provides an opportunity to assess comprehensive academic competence in psychology. Preparing for and taking the examination encourages the integration of all facets of doctoral education completed during the first two years of the program. The examination is considered in evaluating Learners' readiness to take on the increased professional responsibilities of the practicum placements. Accordingly, a grade of "Satisfactory" is required to accept Practicum placements. The examination is offered prior to registration in Practicum. Learners are given three opportunities to pass the examination.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Distinguish between the major theories of psychotherapy
  • Analyze the existing theories of psychopathology
  • Identify ssessment skills for diagnostic interpretation
  • Analyze legal and ethical issues related to psychopathology
  • Examine ethical applications to cross cultural and diversity issues
  • Examine training, supervision, and state licensing requirements
  • Analyze local laws regulating the practice of psychology including issues of confidentiality
  • Examine statutory and case law regarding duty to inform (Tarasoff), child and elder abuse reporting, danger to self and involuntary confinement.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the the Taylor Study Method
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Doctoral Project Course Requirements

PSY 87800 Comprehensive Examination

Credits : 1

The Comprehensive Examination provides an opportunity to assess comprehensive academic competence in psychology. Preparing for and taking the examination encourages the integration of all facets of doctoral education completed during the first two years of the program. The examination is considered in evaluating Learners' readiness to take on the increased professional responsibilities of the practicum placements. Accordingly, a grade of "Satisfactory" is required to accept Practicum placements. The examination is offered prior to registration in Practicum. Learners are given three opportunities to pass the examination.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Distinguish between the major theories of psychotherapy
  • Analyze the existing theories of psychopathology
  • Identify ssessment skills for diagnostic interpretation
  • Analyze legal and ethical issues related to psychopathology
  • Examine ethical applications to cross cultural and diversity issues
  • Examine training, supervision, and state licensing requirements
  • Analyze local laws regulating the practice of psychology including issues of confidentiality
  • Examine statutory and case law regarding duty to inform (Tarasoff), child and elder abuse reporting, danger to self and involuntary confinement.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the the Taylor Study Method
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Internship

PSY 87800 Comprehensive Examination

Credits : 1

The Comprehensive Examination provides an opportunity to assess comprehensive academic competence in psychology. Preparing for and taking the examination encourages the integration of all facets of doctoral education completed during the first two years of the program. The examination is considered in evaluating Learners' readiness to take on the increased professional responsibilities of the practicum placements. Accordingly, a grade of "Satisfactory" is required to accept Practicum placements. The examination is offered prior to registration in Practicum. Learners are given three opportunities to pass the examination.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Distinguish between the major theories of psychotherapy
  • Analyze the existing theories of psychopathology
  • Identify ssessment skills for diagnostic interpretation
  • Analyze legal and ethical issues related to psychopathology
  • Examine ethical applications to cross cultural and diversity issues
  • Examine training, supervision, and state licensing requirements
  • Analyze local laws regulating the practice of psychology including issues of confidentiality
  • Examine statutory and case law regarding duty to inform (Tarasoff), child and elder abuse reporting, danger to self and involuntary confinement.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the the Taylor Study Method
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