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 87519A Crisis and Trauma Counseling

Credits : 3
The focus of this course is on the assessment, intervention and treatment of individuals, families, and communities that have experienced crisis, disaster and/or trauma. Major theoretical models of situational crises are demonstrated across a variety of service delivery systems. Crisis intervention theory and models are applied to a variety of problems including suicide, sexual assault, violent behavior, domestic violence/intimate partner violence, substance abuse, grief and loss, and mass tragedies. The emphasis of this course is on recovery and resilience. 

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners, Faculty Mentor, or Master Lecturers
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Define and examine the diagnostic criteria for trauma related disorders
  • Construct evidence based treatment plans for trauma and co-occurring disorders
  • Consider cultural and legal/ethical issues relevant to trauma related disorders
  • Analyze the physiological and neurocognitive aspects of trauma
  • Integrate research on trauma related disorders to clinical practice
  • 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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