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 87504 Ethical and Professional Issues

Credits : 3

This course will familiarize Learners with the essential concepts, theories, and applications relevant to ethical issues in psychology. Professional ethical issues will be examined in accordance with the most recent code of ethics of the American Psychological Association. Learners will heighten their awareness of ethical issues as they may arise in the practice of psychology and learn methods of developing coherent, defensible, reasoned strategies for dealing with such situations. All areas of psychology practice will be addressed, including psychotherapy, assessment, research, teaching, and consultation.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Integrate the major issues related to sound and professional practice in mental health
  • Assess and evaluate legal and ethical mandates in clinical arenas
  • Describe local laws regulating the practice of psychology
  • Explain the training, supervision, and state licensing requirements
  • Formulate ethical applications to cross cultural and diversity issues
  • 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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