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 87535 Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity, Autistic Spectrum and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Credits : 3

This course will look at the diagnoses, assessment and treatment of ADHD, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities and the other Neurodevelopmental Disorders of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. Co-occurring and co-morbid disorders will be addressed in context to psychological, physiological, sociocultural, environmental, familial and genetic factors. While emphasis will be on children and adolescents, a life span approach will be considered.

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
  • Compare and contrast contemporary etiological theories
  • Examine the components of evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Differentiate between ADHD and co-occurring disorders
  • Formulate current research on neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Create treatments plans integrating legal/ethical and multicultural factors
  • Evaluate and incorporate emerging relevant technologies applicable to the field of psychology
  • Evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology

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