Welcome to the Center for Psychological Studies (CPS) at Nova Southeastern University!
The Center for Psychological Studies, organized in 1967, has distinguished itself nationally through its programs, which integrate training, research, and service. Conducting psychological research and providing assessment and treatment of psychological problems is one of the greatest challenges facing modern society. No other class of problems places greater demands on our wisdom and creativity, nor ramifies through more aspects of living, than those associated with the mind and behavior. The center rises to the challenge by providing a broad range of training in clinical services and research that spans the life cycle from childhood to old age. Always sensitive to the cultural nuances of behavior that are inherent in our multicultural society, the center's clients include individuals with everyday life problems as well as those suffering from serious psychological disturbances. In addition, specialized programs focus on clients experiencing psychological aspects of physical illness or neuropsychological difficulties, as well as those caught up in the legal system.
The center offers master's programs in counseling, mental health counseling, school counseling, and doctoral (Psy.D.) programs in school psychology, and two APA-accredited doctoral programs in clinical psychology. Continuing professional education is offered through its continuing education program series. The Psy.D. (doctor of psychology) provides greater emphasis on training professionals to do service, while the Ph.D. (doctor of philosophy) provides greater emphasis on applied research. The center trains students in its Psychology Services Center which serves children, adolescents, and adults through its outpatient programs and thirteen faculty specialty clinical training programs. The center offers two predoctoral internship programs. Accredited by the American Psychological Association, the Psychology Service Center Internship Program offers doctoral candidates in psychology the opportunity to develop professionally, to enhance the liability to use scholarly research for informed practice, to develop proficiency in psychological assessment and psychotherapeutic intervention, and to acquire basic competence in the provision of supervision and consultation. in addition, CPS sponsors the Consortium Internship Program, which is a member in good standing of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers and provides interns with supervised clinical experiences in approved placements in the culturally diverse South Florida community.
Interdisciplinary masters programs are made available through collaboration with other NSU centers. For those interested in criminal justice, a behavioral sciences track is offered in the university's Institute for the Study of Human Service, Health & Justice.
In response to recent changes in the delivery of health care and the profession of psychology, the center has developed concentrations and tracks at the doctoral level. These concentrations and tracks are optional, are based on the existing Ph.D. and Psy.D. curriculum, and also require certain elective courses and practicum. Concentrations are offered in the following areas: Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Health Psychology, Psychology of Long-Term Mental Illness (which includes training in psychosocial rehabilitation and consultative psychopharmacology), Psychodynamic Psychology, and Clinical Forensic Psychology. Tracks are offered in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology and Multicultural Psychology. Concentrations are open to Ph.D. and Psy.D. students with the proviso that Psy.D. students who enroll in Clinical Neuropsychology must take additional research course work. The Center, in collaboration with the NSU H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, offers its doctoral students the opportunity to obtain a master's in business administration (MBA) while they pursue their doctorate in clinical psychology.
For a profession to advance there must be an active exchange between those providing services and those engaged in research. Research needs to be responsive to social and community needs; clinical services must reflect the advances put forth by research.
The center has evolved as a national leader in providing education and training, advancing an understanding of human behavior, and providing clinical services to the public. Our commitment is to continue to make significant contributions to our community and society well into the future while producing the most advanced training opportunities for our students