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 87545 Interpersonal Neurobiology and Attachment

Credits : 3

This course investigates the emergence of a new sub-discipline within psychology and psychotherapy: interpersonal neurobiology. Pioneers in this rapidly growing field, such as Daniel Siegel, Allan Schore, and Stephen Porges, all maintain that our brains are wired to the interpersonal domain. This course introduces key concepts from the field of interpersonal neurobiology, examining basic aspects of the mind and interpersonal relationships. It will also explore, with research support, the practical applications of interpersonal neurobiology using such core concepts as integration and attachment theory.

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
  • Analyze the basic building blocks of the brain
  • Assess the roles of implicit memories and higher cortical functions in mental health
  • Describe the core concepts of interpersonal neurobiology
  • Explore brain integration and empathy in the therapeutic relationship
  • Examine current research on neuroscience as applied to psychotherapy across the lifespan
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Evaluate, incorporate and demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology

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