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 87538 Advanced Psychology of Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors

Credits : 3

This course focuses on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ substance-related disorders (drugs, alcohol), addictive behavioral disorders (gambling, sex, internet), eating disorders, and co-occurring clinical and personality disorders. The biological, psychological, and social aspects of addiction, as well as cultural and legal-ethical issues, are highlighted. Previous coursework in graduate-level addiction studies and abnormal psychology is strongly recommended.

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
  • Examine the diagnosis of substance use, eating disorders and behavioral addictions
  • Integrate the assessment and treatment of co-occurring and co-morbid disorders
  • Distinguish legal and ethical issues and cultural diversity to diagnosis and treatment
  • Formulate treatment plans using evidence based practice
  • Analyze and apply current research in addiction and compulsive behaviors
  • 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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