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 87709 Foundations of Humanistic Psychology

Credits : 3

This course provides an examination of the origins, history, theories, and methods of humanistic psychology. Influenced by humanism, existentialism, and phenomenology, humanistic psychology is fundamentally interested in human capacities and potentials. The course examines the impact of humanistic psychology on the field of psychology and popular culture, and explores its contributions to psychotherapy. Learners will review humanistic approaches in clinical settings, humanistic research, and how humanistic psychology has influenced and been influenced by various postmodern approaches. Learners will be able to determine various approaches in humanistic psychotherapy and will gain a solid understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of humanistic psychology.

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 the history and current philosophical foundations of humanistic therapies
  • Consider emergent trends and contemporary themes in humanistic psychology
  • Report evidence based research on humanistic psychology in current clinical practice
  • Correlate existential issues and therapeutic interventions
  • Discriminate professional competence in humanistic methodologies
  • Formulate humanistic psychology as a multicultural model
  • 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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