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 87552 Diagnosis and Treatment of Individuals with Intellectual Disability and Borderline Intellectual Functioning

Credits : 3

This course examines general concepts relative to mental retardation and borderline intellectual functioning. It provides an integrated program of study that emphasizes the assessment, diagnosis, and counseling of persons with intellectual disability or borderline intellectual functioning. The focus of study is on building practical clinical skills which will increase the Learner’s ability to deliver counseling services in an effective, socially appropriate, culturally sensitive, and ethical fashion to persons with mild intellectual impairment and borderline intellectual functioning.

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
  • Distinguish between the major theories of psychotherapy for the borderline adult
  • Assess the symptoms associated with specific diagnoses in persons with mild mental retardation or borderline intellectual functioning
  • Analyze case studies by applying major theories for analysis to the borderline adult
  • Examine the ethical and multi-cultural considerations in this population
  • Assess diagnostic disorders of persons with intellectual impairment and psychiatric impairment
  • Examine current research relative to counseling persons with mental retardation and borderline intellectual functioning
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
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