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Personality Theory ( 2 CE SEMESTER UNIT )

Apr 29, 2024 - Aug 4, 2024
2 credits

$480 Enroll

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Course Description

This course provides an overview of the concept of personality theory and related research methods, including the Freudian and other Psychoanalytic approaches, the Trait approach, the Biological approach, the Humanistic approach, the Behavioral/Social Learning approach, and the Cognitive approach. Upon completion, students should be able to distinguish and understand the different approaches to personality theory.



Burger, J. (2011). Personality (8th ed.).

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any advantages to taking these courses through Alliant?

Yes, there are several advantages to taking these courses through Alliant’s CE Division:

  • The instructors have been designated by Alliant program directors. They are very familiar with our programs and know what is needed to prepare you properly.
  • The courses will be accepted by Alliant as meeting the academic prerequisites for admission.
  • You will receive an academic transcript showing your grade, and we will also report your enrollment in and completion of the course directly to your campus Admissions Office. (Reminder: Entry requirements for the Clinical Psychology programs state that you must receive a grade of “C” or better; entry requirements for the Organizational Psychology programs state that you must receive a grade “B” or better.)

What is the format of the courses?

The courses are offered online as Guided Independent Study. All course material will be online.

How can I get help from the instructor?

The instructors for each course will provide extensive online resources to support your learning. If you have questions, you will be able to contact the instructor by email and all emails will be answered within 48 hours.

Refunds for online courses are only granted to those who have not logged in to the course. Should you need to withdraw or cancel your enrollment, you are eligible to receive a full refund if you notify withing 48 hours of registration. 


Course Instructor

Amber J. Landers PhD

Amber J. Landers PhD is Assistant Professor in the PsyD program at California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University- San Francisco campus. She has experience in consultation and brief interventions in primary care, school, and early childhood settings and is coordinator of the Integrated Health Track at CSPP San Francisco. She obtained her BA from the University of California-Riverside, and completed her doctorate at Purdue University where her dissertation examined the effects of stress and parent-teacher communication on the psychological adjustment of ethnic minority elementary school children. She completed her pre-and post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance. Her interests including the training and practice of integrating mental health into non-mental health settings, reducing stigma, and promoting health and mental health access for underserved populations, children, and families.

Full course description

Course Date:

Apr 29 ~ Aug 4, 2024

Recomended at least 8 weeks prior to end of the term.
Course Type:

Guided Independent Study