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Specialist PROGRAM School Psychology

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Message from the Dean Thank you for your interest in the educational programs offered by the Center for Psychological Studies of Nova Southeastern University (NSU).

Maintaining a tripartite mission—education and training, service to the community, and clinical research—a dynamic interaction between our academic programs and our clinical facilities ensures that learning stays rooted in the primary issues facing our communities. Research focuses on the current relevant psychological issues of our times. Over the coming years, a particular focus will be on student academic engagement, with increased opportunities for students to enrich their academic experience, both inside and outside the classroom.

The center enjoys national recognition for its faculty members and programs. Programs offered include master’s degree programs in mental health counseling, school guidance and counseling, and clinical psychopharmacology; a specialist degree in school psychology; and two American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited doctoral programs in clinical psychology. Other educational programs include a behavioral sciences track in the interdisciplinary master’s degree program in criminal justice, a continuing education program, the Institute on Trauma and Victimization, and the Southeast Institute for Cross-Cultural Counseling and Psychotherapy. Also, a part of the center is a Psychological Services Center, an APA-accredited predoctoral internship program, and the Consortium Internship Program (APPIC member) that provides service to a vast array of clinically and culturally diverse populations. The Center for Psychological Studies, the Fischler School of Education and Human Services, and the Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies formed a dynamic partnership to create the Counseling Studies Institute. Students can complete an online master’s degree in counseling with concentrations in mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, substance abuse counseling and education, and/or applied behavioral analysis. As you learn about our programs, I think you will find that we have an outstanding set of diverse resources that enable us to provide truly exceptional education. ■

W  e have distinguished faculty members, many of whom are nationally and internationally renowned as leaders in the field of psychology. The faculty is also large and diverse, resulting in a variety of representative specializations not often available in other programs.

Faculty-directed clinical programs offered through the Psychology Services Center provide training opportunities in the areas of neuropsychological, psychological, and school consultation and assessment; cross-cultural counseling and assessment; the treatment of alcohol and substance abuse; co-occurring disorders; child and adult trauma; family violence; clinical health psychology and biofeedback; ADHD; psychodynamic psychotherapy; and counseling for older adults. NSU is located in a metropolitan area that provides many practicum and internship sites, as well as other educational institutions. This allows for a wide range of research opportunities and populations, as well as many job opportunities. Our center offers one or more of its master’s and specialist degree programs at the university’s student educational centers located in Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, and West Palm Beach, Florida, and in Las Vegas, Nevada. The format of these programs is designed for access by working professionals.

The center has become a national leader in providing education and cutting-edge services to the public. We are committed to continuing to make significant contributions to our community and to society well into the future, while providing the most advanced training opportunities to our students. Karen Grosby, M.Ed. Dean, Center for Psychological Studies


Center Overview

Doctoral Programs In Clinical Psychology

The Center for Psychological Studies, organized in 1967, is committed to providing the highest quality educational experience to current and future psychologists and mental health and counseling professionals. This training experience provides students with a sophisticated understanding of psychological research and the delivery of superior mental health care.

The center offers two doctoral programs in clinical psychology, both accredited by the American Psychological Association. Both the doctor of psychology (Psy.D.) and the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) programs are full-time, on-campus programs with a three-year residency requirement. These doctoral programs typically require four years of coursework, although the Ph.D. dissertations may take longer. In addition, a 2,000-hour predoctoral clinical internship must be completed at an approved site. Students are eligible for an en route master of science degree in clinical psychology upon completion of the first two years of either doctoral program.

The center’s commitment to training in the area of psychological research and treatment for emotional and psychological problems confronts one of the greatest challenges facing modern society. No problems place greater demands on our wisdom, creativity, and expertise than those associated with human adjustment to an ever-changing world. Our programs educate students to provide a range of psychological services to a wide spectrum of people in need—from a pediatric to gerontological clientele, from individuals with common problems in living to those with more serious disturbances.

Ph.D. Program The goal of the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) program, based on the scientist-practitioner model, is to train future psychologists in the core knowledge areas of the discipline; to prepare them to advance this knowledge by evaluating, developing, and scientifically examining important applied aspects of professional practice; and to develop necessary skills in empirically supported assessment and intervention techniques. The program curriculum is anchored in the cumulative body of psychological knowledge and provides a firm basis in statistics, research design, and experimental research methodology. From this base, through a sequence of formal, field-related courses and graded exposure to clinical populations in supervised practicums, the program imparts the knowledge and skill required for the student to assume the roles of an academician, researcher, and practicing clinical psychologist.

The center is uniquely organized so that one faculty, full time and adjunct, serves all programs. Access to all of the specialty interests and clinical skills of more than 30 full-time faculty members and more than 50 adjunct professors is available to all students in the school. Nova Southeastern University’s Center for Psychological Studies seeks to create advances in clinical training, research, and service for the psychology of tomorrow.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

Psy.D. Program The goal of the doctor of psychology (Psy.D.) program, based on the practitioner-informed-by-science model, is to train future psychologists in the core areas of the discipline; to prepare them to provide empirically supported assessment, intervention, and consultative services across a full range of populations, settings, and formats; and to promote continued efficacy in providing such services through critical monitoring of research literature and other forums of professional advancement. Clinical expertise is molded by a sequence of courses on assessment and intervention, both theory and technique, and is supplemented by practicum experience with clients in a variety of settings while under intensive supervision. The Psy.D. degree, through its curriculum, trains students to perform as clinicians, supervisors, mental health consultants, administrators of human service programs, instructors, and members of research teams.

Approved by the Florida Department of Education, the Specialist Program in School Psychology prepares graduates to meet the challenges of the individual needs and behavior problems of preschoolers, children, and adolescents within the academic setting. Specifically, the school psychologist is called upon to evaluate students in the areas of cognition, achievement, learning aptitude, personality, and adaptive behavior problems. School psychologists implement a variety of interventions in their work with students, teachers, and families. These include counseling, social skills training, and behavior management techniques. Graduates will, additionally, be prepared to work with students within the context of their diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as well as to be sensitive to the numerous contemporary issues that impact our schools such as truancy, teen pregnancy, school violence, and substance abuse. The specialist program in school psychology requires 79 semester hours of graduate credit (including practica) and a full-time, one-year internship. Graduates of the program may receive transcript endorsements indicating the completion of a state-approved program at the specialist level in school psychology.

Joint Psy.D./Ph.D. and M.B.A. Program Students may to be admitted to the M.B.A. program during their second year. There are no additional requirements for admission to the M.B.A. program. The student will fulfill the typical clinical psychology admissions process by completing the application packet obtainable at the Center for Psychological Studies. Typically, students will begin M.B.A. classes during the third year of their psychology studies. M.B.A. tuition rates at that time will apply.

Registration All enrolled students are to be in continuous registration until they receive their degree, unless prior approval is received from the program office.




These include substance abuse, family violence, divorce, aging, and general emotional proble ms. The master of science in mental health counseling degree program requires 60 semester hours of graduate credit including 9 semester hours of counseling practicum.

Concentrations/Tracks In addition to the general training provided in the doctoral programs, students may elect to complete a concentration in clinical health psychology, clinical neuropsychology, psychodynamic psychology, psychology of long-term mental illness, and clinical forensic psychology. Concentrations consist of a set of courses, research, and a clinical practicum in the specialty area. Completion of a concentration meets current predoctoral educational requirements for recognized specialties in psychology. There are limited slots in each concentration, and acceptance is typically in the first year. However, students are accepted into clinical health psychology and clinical neuropsychology at admissions. In addition, students can choose to complete the requirements for the child adolescent and family track or the multicultural/ diversity track. There are no formal admission requirements for the tracks.

The Master’s Degree Program in Mental Health Counseling is offered on campus in a traditional semester format. The program is also offered in a field-based format with courses meeting several weekends per term at the following NSU Student Educational Centers: Jacksonville • Miami • Orlando • Tampa • West Palm Beach The Master’s Degree Program in School Guidance and Counseling, based on a developmental model, prepares students to function as guidance counselors in school systems. While the role of the school counselor varies within and across schools, districts, and states, counselors increasingly serve in multiple roles, interacting and consulting with parents, teachers, school psychologists, and agencies to provide effective services to students (prekindergarten through grade 12). Counselors will be called on to respond to students of varying backgrounds and ethnicities.

Residency Requirement All students must be in full-time residence for three academic years to be eligible for the doctoral degree. This requirement, which is independent of the number of transfer credits the student may receive, is defined as completion of a minimum of 18 semester hours of coursework per year. All enrolled students must be in continuous registration every fall and winter semester until they receive their degree.

Coursework is designed to competently train professionals who will ultimately have an impact on both the individual student and the school climate. The master of science in school guidance and counseling program requires 46 semester hours of graduate credit, including 6 credits of counseling practicum. The School Guidance and Counseling Program is offered in a field-based format with courses meeting several weekends per term at the following locations: Fort Lauderdale (main campus) • Jacksonville • Miami • Orlando • Tampa • West Palm Beach Applicants already holding a master’s degree may apply as nondegree-seeking students for the purpose of taking courses needed for certification/endorsement.

Degree Completion Requirements and Time Limits Students are admitted once a year with classes starting in the fall semester. All students are expected to complete their doctoral program and graduate within eight years from the time of first enrollment. Students must complete 118 credits (Psy.D.) or 119 credits (Ph.D.), as well as successfully complete the clinical competency exam, a one-year (2,000-hour) full-time internship (typically salaried and off campus), and a directed study (Psy.D.) or a dissertation (Ph.D.). A minimum 3.0 grade point average is required. The clinical neuropsychology concentration requires three additional credits.

Master of Science Programs

The Master’s Degree Program in Counseling is designed for individuals who have demanding schedules and require a flexible, accessible approach to quality education. The program develops the skills and leadership abilities of counselors who have the desire to provide optimal service delivery. The Master’s Degree Program in Counseling is offered online. The following concentrations are available: • applied behavior analysis • advanced applied behavior analysis • mental health counseling • substance abuse counseling • substance abuse counseling and education

The Center for Psychological Studies offers three masterʼs degree programs. The Mental Health Counseling Program provides education and training for those who will seek employment as mental health counselors. The School Guidance and Counseling Program prepares students to work in school systems as guidance counselors. The Master’s Degree Program in Mental Health Counseling is designed for the continued professional development of those who currently serve, or will serve, their community in various counseling capacities. Master’s degree training is based on a model that emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, prevention of dysfunction, and direct service. The field of mental health counseling, which has grown over the past decade, has professionals placed in mental health settings, business and industry, substance abuse clinics, hospices, hospitals, educational settings, and private practice. The coursework provides broad-based training designed to equip people with the competencies necessary to confront a wide variety of contemporary challenges.

The Master’s Degree Program in Clinical Psychopharmacology is designed to provide practicing clinical or counseling psychologists and advanced doctoral students with the knowledge base recommended by the American Psychological Association so they might provide 


enhanced clinical skills to their patients and consult more knowledgeably with referring physicians. In order to accommodate the schedules of professional psychologists, especially those coming from out-of-state, classes are held on alternate months on campus in a convenient fly-in format. Chatroom, WebCT, and other student facilitation techniques are used so that learning can continue between sessions. The Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology requires 31.5 semester hours, including a clinical practicum and supervision.

Child, Adolescent, and Family Services This program provides a full range of services to children ages 4 through 18 years with a broad range of diagnoses from mild to severe pathology. From the initial intake, the child is assessed to determine treatment needs and is referred to individual, group, or family psychotherapy. Faculty Specialty Clinical Training Programs These programs provide clinical training opportunities and service to the community through the following: • ADHD Assessment and Consultation Treatment Program •A  dolescent Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program • Anxiety Treatment Center • Child and Adolescent Traumatic Stress Program • Clinical Health and Biofeedback Program • Family Violence Program • Guided Self-change Program • Intensive Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program • Neuropsychology Assessment Center • Nova Southeastern University Counseling Center for Older Adults • Psychology Assessment Center • Program for Seriously Emotionally Disturbed Individuals • School Psychology Assessment and Consultation Center • Trauma Resolution Integration Program

Acceptance to, or completion of, a Center for Psychological Studies master’s degree program implies neither automatic admission to doctoral programs nor transfer of credit to the doctoral program. Degree Completion Requirements and Time Limits Students admitted to graduate study must successfully complete the requirements for matriculation (degree candidacy) with a 3.0 GPA or better. A degree candidate must complete all coursework required for the degree chosen with a grade point average of at least 3.0 and pass the comprehensive examination. Students must graduate from the master’s degree program within five years.

CLINICAL SERVICES Nova Southeastern University Psychology Services Center These are services offered by the Psychology Services Center. • Assessment and treatment of ADHD • Behavioral modification • Biofeedback • Consultation and education • Co-occurring disorders • Family therapy • Forensic evaluation and testimony • Group therapy • Information and referral • Neuropsychological assessment and evaluation • Parenting skills training • Psychodynamic psychotherapy

Services are available to all residents of the tricounty area, including children, adolescents, adults, and elderly clients, regardless of race, color, sex, age, nondisqualifying disability, religion or creed, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

• Psychological consultation • Psychological testing • Stress management • Trauma resolution • Treatment of alcohol and other drug abuse • Treatment of anxiety disorders • Treatment of child and adolescent traumatic stress and depression • Treatment of depression • Treatment of family violence • Treatment of serious emotional disturbance • Treatment of older adults

OTHER TRAINING PROGRAMS Predoctoral Internship Programs Accredited by the American Psychological Association, the Psychology Services Center Internship Program offers doctoral candidates in psychology the opportunity to develop professionally, to enhance their ability 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. Interns receive supervised clinical experiences in approved placement in the culturally diverse South Florida community.

More than 100 Center for Psychological Studies doctoral, specialist, and master’s degree students receive practicum training within the CPS Psychology Services Center.

The Institute on Trauma and Victimization The Institute on Trauma and Victimization was created to form a network for collaboration with students and colleagues from both within and outside of the center in this important area. The aims of the institute are to stimulate research and sponsor training and service delivery in the field of trauma and victimization and to develop and evaluate innovative interventions for those exposed to trauma. The institute sponsors an annual conference on trauma and victimization;

Adult Services Program This program addresses a broad spectrum of clients ranging from mild or moderately impaired adults with both Axis I and II pathology to seriously mentally ill clients suffering from debilitating, chronic illnesses. The treatment model is a biopsychosocial approach using individual, group, and family psychotherapy. 


forms links with relevant groups and colleagues in the community; and involves students in ongoing programs.

Computer/Statistical Lab Research in the center is supported by extensive computer facilities, including mainframe, workstation, and microcomputer environments. Methodological, statistical, and computing consultation is available to faculty members and students engaged in research or related coursework.

Southeast Institute for Cross-Cultural Counseling and Psychotherapy This institute is committed to enhancing multiculturalism at the Center for Psychological Studies. It encourages research and training opportunities in ethnic minority affairs. It strives to promote a welcoming climate for ethnic minority students and for those mainstream students who are particularly interested in pursuing cross-cultural research and training. It introduces nontraditional methodologies in counseling and assessment specifically targeted for minority groups. The institute also provides courses and in-service colloquia in the areas of multiculturalism, cross-cultural counseling, and psychotherapy.

Technology Requirements Students will be required to demonstrate technological competence and computer literacy during the program. This will include the use of the electronic library.

Financial Aid The Office of Student Financial Assistance administers comprehensive federal, state, institutional, and private financial aid, which includes grants, loans, and student employment. The purpose of these programs is to provide monetary assistance to qualified students to help them meet their educational objectives. In addition, professional financial aid counselors can help students plan the most efficient use of financial resources for their education. In order to be considered for federal student aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), meet specific eligibility criteria, and be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student (i.e., all admissions requirements/documents have been satisfied) working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program. For more detailed information regarding the financial aid process, eligibility criteria, contacts, policies and procedures, and other pertinent information, students should visit the NSU financial aid Web site at www.nova.edu/cwis/finaid. The earlier students apply, the more chance they will receive funds in a timely manner, if eligible. The preferred method for applying for financial aid is online through FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov, which saves processing time and reduces the chance of errors due to edit checks. Underlying a financial assistance award is the philosophy that the student and his or her family have the primary responsibility for contributing, from earnings and savings, to the student’s college education. Financial aid serves as a supplement to the student’s contribution. Students do not have to be admitted to apply for financial aid; however, they must be registered in order for financial aid to be distributed. The Office of Student Financial Assistance staff members are available to assist students in the completion of the FAFSA and to answer questions concerning the financial aid process. For further information, please call 800-806-3680 or (954) 262-3380, or request information in writing from

Continuing Education Program The center’s Office of Continuing Education serves the professional community by offering a series of continuing education programs each year, featuring nationally renowned presenters. The Center for Psychological Studies is approved by the American Psychological Association; the state of Florida’s Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling; and the state of Florida Board of Medical Therapies/Psychology Office of School Psychology to offer continuing education. Continuing education credits can be applied to state of Florida requirements for relicensure and are often accepted by other state licensing boards.

RESEARCH

The center is as committed to applied research as it is to training people to provide care and treatment for those with psychological problems. In addition to ongoing faculty research, every doctoral student engages in research activities, thereby multiplying treatment efforts and expertise available to understand the assessment of psychological disorders. Although master’s and specialist degree-level students may participate in some research, research opportunities primarily involve doctoral students. Areas of research in which the center is currently engaged include: • ADHD • Alcohol and substance abuse • Anxiety disorders • Behavioral assessment and treatment • Child-clinical psychology • Clinical biofeedback • Community mental health • Domestic violence • Dual diagnosis • Early intervention/preschool • Eating disorders • Family violence • Forensic psychology • Gender issues

• Geriatric mental health • Health psychology • Long-term mental illness • Marital and family systems • Mood disorders • Multicultural assessment/ intervention • Neuropsychology • Pediatric psychology •P  ost-traumatic stress disorder • Psychoanalytic psychology • School phobia • Sexual abuse • Sleep disorders • Stress disorders

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APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE SPECIALIST PROGRAM (PSY.S.) IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY Thank you for your interest in our program. Please read the instructions below carefully. To ensure that your file is complete by the published deadline, periodically check the status of your file with the Office of Graduate Admissions via email at gradadm@nsu.nova.edu or telephone at (954) 2625760 or 800-541-6682, ext. 5760.

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To be considered for admission to graduate study in the specialist (Psy.S.) program in school psychology, all applicants are required to present evidence of scholastic ability, significant interest in the area of school psychology, interpersonal sensitivity, personal stability, and sound moral character. The school psychologist is required to interact with children of various ages, parents, teachers, and a variety of school personnel. Interpersonal effectiveness, including maturity, flexibility, and professionalism, must be demonstrated by applicants. You may be subject to a background check upon acceptance into the program.

Degree-seeking applicants may apply under one of the two categories listed below. If applying under the first category (traditional degree-seeking), test scores must be received directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) or the Psychological Corporation on or before the application deadline. In order to expedite a review of your credentials, submit a photocopy of your scores. For more information regarding test scores, contact ETS at (609) 771-7670 (www.gre.org) for the Graduate Record Examination or the Psychological Corporation at 800622-3231 (www.tpcweb.com) for the Miller Analogies Test. All credentials submitted in support of the application become the property of NSU and are not returnable.

Admission Status

Application Deadline Enrollment in the program is limited. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit completed application materials at the earliest possible date. Applications completed or received after the posted final deadlines will be considered on a seat-available basis. Failure to submit completed materials may delay the processing of your application. Please see application insert for program locations and start dates. For fall admissions, all materials should be received no later than

Applicants may be eligible for admission to the program in one of the following three categories: Traditional DegreeSeeking, Alternative Degree-Seeking (based on relevant, professional, or exceptional experience or accomplishment) and Nondegree-Seeking/Special Student. Please indicate on the application the category to which you are applying. I. Traditional Degree-Seeking—an applicant who meets the following criteria, in addition to the above minimum requirements for admission, may be considered for acceptance into the program as a degree-seeking student.

February 22—early admission

June 30—regular admission (late applications are reviewed when space is available)

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August 30—early admission

October 30—regular admission (late applications are reviewed when space is available)

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Completed applications received by early admission deadlines will receive priority consideration. In order to ensure receipt of test scores, transcripts, and other required items, it is recommended that applicants allow at least 30 days in advance of the appropriate application deadlines.

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Minimum Requirements for Admission

a bachelor’s degree in psychology, education, or a related field from a regionally accredited institution

a 3.0 GPA based upon the last 2 years of undergraduate study preferred or a 3.4 GPA from a regionally accredited graduate program in psychology, education, or a related field based on a minimum of 18 credit hours

completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a preferred combined verbal and quantitative score of 1000 or higher or a 40th percentile score or better on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

completion of 3 credit hours of undergraduate or graduate coursework in research and evaluation or statistics

II . Alternative Degree-Seeking—an applicant who does not meet one or more of the criteria for the degree-seeking status listed above, but has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, education, or a related field from a regionally accredited institution, may be considered on the basis of relevant, professional, or exceptional experience or accomplishment.

All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology, education, or a related field from a regionally accredited institution and have completed three credit hours in research and evaluation or statistics prior to the start of the specialist program. Additional criteria reviewed will include the following: n

the quality of the applicant’s written statement of professional experiences

relevant experience, professional accomplishment, or exceptional credentials 


Applicants accepted into the program under Alternative Degree-Seeking status must meet the minimum requirements of three credit hours of undergraduate or graduate coursework in research and evaluation or statistics. Admitted students will be required to meet the standards for matriculation (see section on degree candidacy). Individuals applying under this category must include resumes or other documentation supporting their experience and credentials.

TOEFL Requirements Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum test score of 550 is required for applicants taking the written examination. A minimum test score of 213 is required for applicants taking the computer-based examination. A minimum test score of 79–80 is required for applicants taking the IBT examination. Proficiency in English also may be demonstrated by a minimum score of 500 on the GRE verbal test or a 40th percentile score on the MAT. For application forms, write to TOEFL, Educational Testing Services, Princeton, New Jersey 08540. Additional procedures are required for admission of nonresident alien students. Contact the international student advisor at (954) 262-7240.

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clinical, counseling, or school psychology doctoral programs specialist or master’s programs in school psychology

Requests for Nondegree-Seeking/Special Student status will be accommodated on a seat-available basis. Practica and internship field experiences are not available to nondegreeseeking students. Course offerings will vary each semester.

International Students International students who intend to reside in the United States and who are required to obtain an I-20 form must be full-time, degree-seeking students and must attend the main campus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Applicants who are residing outside the United States at the time of application and whose native language is not English must present evidence of proficiency in English. See TOEFL requirements above. International students who have completed an undergraduate degree at a regionally accredited institution in the United States are not required to submit TOEFL scores.

Interview After the files are reviewed, a select group of eligible applicants will be required to attend an interview. Selected applicants will be notified about interviews at the earliest possible date.

Foreign Coursework

CORE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

Undergraduate and/or graduate coursework taken at a foreign institution must be evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalency and also include a listing of all courses and grades, and an overall GPA (on a 4.0 scale). It is the applicant’s responsibility to have coursework evaluated using one of the following evaluation services.

FOR ADMISSION AND PROGRESS The standards required for admission keep in mind the safety and well-being of the children the graduates will eventually serve in educational and clinical settings. Candidates for the degree must possess, with or without reasonable accommodation, multiple skills including intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities; and interpersonal, communication, behavioral, and personal attributes including empathy, emotional self-awareness, and emotional maturity. These are further defined in the center’s student policy and procedures handbooks.

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Provisional Admission Students may be provisionally admitted to a degree-seeking program based on a review of unofficial transcripts or other specific program admissions requirements. However, this admission includes a condition that final and official documents and requirements must be received within 90 calendar days from the start of the term. If these final and official docments and/or requirements are not received by that time, the student will not be allowed to continue class attendance. Financial aid will not be disbursed to a provisional/conditional student until he or she has been fully admitted as a regular student (all admissions requirements have been approved by the college/program admissions office).

Transfer of Credits The transfer of a maximum of 15 credit hours of graduate-level coursework from a regionally accredited institution will be allowed upon approval of the director of academic affairs. Coursework must meet the following specific criteria: a grade of A or B and equivalency to a required course in the school psychology program. No transfer credits may be applied to practica. Transfer credits are not taken into account when computing a student’s grade point average. 


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En Route Master of Science in Psychology A master of science in psychology will be awarded en route to the specialist degree in school psychology.

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• Internet Explorer 6.0 or Netscape Navigator 7.0 or higher*

Degree Candidacy Students admitted provisionally will be reviewed for degree candidacy (matriculation) after completion of the first 12 credits (excluding transfer credits). During the formal review for matriculation, the student’s academic performance and professional functioning will be examined. A minimum GPA of 3.0 or above is required in the designated coursework.

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* As new versions of the Web browser become available, we ask students to upgrade. These upgrades are free, and the link to the download sites can be found on our Software Downloads page.

Course Format The course format of the Specialist Program in SchoolPsychology is designed for the working professional. Students will typically take nine credit hours per semester, including during the summer term. Some courses will be offered on weekday evenings in a traditional semester format. Some courses will be offered in the intensive weekend format. These courses are eight weeks long, with two full weekends of classes for each course (Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and include online components. Some courses will be offered online or via compressed video. Online course formats will vary. Two practica experiences are required. During this portion of the program, students’ schedules will vary. Students will spend their final year in a full-time, schoolbased internship.

** The monthly charge is a student responsibility.

Tuition and Fees*(2007–2008) Tuition.......................................................$555 per credit hour Application Fee (nonrefundable).............$50 Registration Fee......................................$25 per semester Late Registration Penalty........................$30 per semester Professional Liability Insurance...............$10 per semester Student Services Fee..............................$250 per semester

($125 for less than 4 credit hours per semester)

Application for Degree Fee......................$75 Transcript Fee..........................................$5 per transcript *Please note: Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

Internship The student is required to complete a full-time, supervised internship in an approved public or private school setting consisting of a minimum of 1,200 clock hours. Students should plan to work 40 hours per week over the course of an academic year. The internship period typically follows the completion of prerequisite coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Certification/Licensure The certification and licensure of school psychologists is regulated at the state level, and as such, may vary from state to state. Individual eligibility should be verified through careful review of the certification and licensure regulations for the state in which you plan to reside to determine its specific requirements.

Time Limits and Degree Completion Requirements

The School Psychology Program is designed to meet new Florida certification requirements and is approved by the State of Florida Department of Education. For additional information about certification, contact the Florida Department of Education (DOE ) at (850) 488-2317 (www. fldoe.org). The state of Florida currently licenses school psychologists under Chapter 490, Florida Statutes. Applicants interested in licensure may contact the Department of Health, School Psychology at (850) 488-0595 (www.doh.state.fl.us) for additional information.

Students are expected to complete their specialist program and graduate within seven years from the time of first enrollment. Students must successfully complete 79 credit hours of coursework; the Florida Teacher Certification Examination Subject Area Test (comprehensive examination); two practica; and a one-year, 1,200-clock-hour internship. An overall minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation. Technology Requirements Students admitted to the specialist program must have access to a computer and their own Internet service provider account. Students should be prepared to use technology enhancements such as WebCT (online) components. Students will be required to demonstrate technological competence and computer literacy during the program, including the use of the electronic library.

Department of Education Students must complete Florida Department of Educationapproved program requirements and will also need to complete (or have completed) the CLAST examination or the Florida General Knowledge Test, the Florida Teacher 


Certification Examination, the state of Florida requirement for ESOL training or its equivalent, and any other relevant state requirements. Requirements are subject to modification pending the state program approval review.

CURRICULUM Coursework for the Specialist Program in School Psychology* (79 Credit Hours)

It is recommended that all applicants visit the state of Florida Department of Education Web site (www.fldoe.org) for updated information on critical teacher shortage areas, grants, scholarships, and loan programs offered through the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

• Learning and Human Development • Social and Cultural Bases of Assessment and Counseling • Biological Bases of Behavior • Psychology of Exceptional and At-Risk Children • Child and Adolescent Psychopathology • Instructional Strategies for Students with Diverse Needs • Organization and Operation of Schools • Educational Statistics • Research Design • Counseling Theories and Techniques • Theories and Research in Reading Instruction, Assessment, and Intervention • School Consultation Skills • Contemporary Clinical Interventions for the School Psychologist • Applied Behavioral Assessment • Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues for School Psychologists • Psychoeducational Assessment • Assessment: Intelligence Testing I with Lab • Assessment: Intelligence Testing II • Projective/Objective Personality Assessment • Assessment of Special Populations • Integrated Report • Seminar in School Psychology: Introduction

• Seminar in School Psychology: Current Topics • Practicum in School Psychology: Applied Skills • Practicum in School Psychology: School Based • Internship in School Psychology * Requirements are subject to modification as curriculum is finalized for program approval.




Center for Psychological Studies

Specialist Degree Application Checklist To ensure that your application is complete, please use the checklist below and follow the detailed instructions provided for each item. _____ 1. Application form _____ 2. Application fee of $50 (in U.S. dollars) made payable to Nova Southeastern University _____ 3. Statement of professional goals _____ 4. CV/resume (include your name and Social Security number) _____ 5. Two academic or professional letters of recommendation, including form _____ 6. Official transcripts from all schools attended and/or agency evaluation of foreign degree for determination of U.S.equivalence (including Canadian transcripts) _____ 7. GRE or MAT scores (photocopy) _____ 8. TOEFL score (if applicable) _____ 9. Application worksheet _____ 10. Letter specifying coursework (nondegree-seeking only) Please mail all items to Enrollment Processing Services (EPS) Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological Studies| 3301 College Avenue P.O. Box 299000 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905 If you have any questions about the admissions process, call the Office of Admissions at (954) 262-5760, or send email to gradadm@nsu.nova.edu.


Nova Southeastern University Enrollment Processing Services (EPS) Attn: Center for Psychological Studies 3301 College Avenue P.O. Box 299000 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

Center for Psychological Studies Specialist Degree Admissions Application

To complete the admission process, please submit a nonrefundable $50 application fee and include your Social Security number on the check or call 800-541-6682, ext. 5200, with your credit card information. Also, please note, you will be charged a $50 nonrefundable application fee for each application submitted to our institution. If you prefer to complete an online application, please visit our Web site at www.webstar.nova.edu and click on Admissions. Please retain a copy of the application for your records.

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No If yes, then please indicate_____________________

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Application Status at Time of Application: Is this your first time applying to NSU?

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If no, what programs have you applied to?__________________________ Will this be your first time attending NSU?

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The university is required to collect the following information to comply with federal reporting requirements of the U.S. Department of Education. The collected information will not be used in any discriminatory manner.

General Information: _________________________________ Date of Birth (mm/dd/yy)

Sex:

Male

Female

Please indicate your citizenship status: United States Citizen

Resident Alien

Nonresident Alien

Student Visa

What is your country of citizenship? _________________________________ If you are a nonresident alien, please indicate your Visa type. _________________________________ Do you require an I-20?

Yes

No

Is English your native language?

Yes

No

If “No,” documentation of English literacy is required.

Military/Veterans’ Information: Are you a U.S. active-duty military service member?

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No

Are you a spouse/dependent family member of a U.S. active-duty service member?

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No

If “Yes” to either of the two questions above, what military branch of service is your affiliation? ___________________ What is the anticipated active-duty discharge date? ___________________ Are you a U.S. military veteran?

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No

Ethnicities: Native American or Alaskan Native

Chinese

Filipino

Japanese

Korean

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Other Asian not listed

Black or African American

White (non-Hispanic)

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Other _______________________

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Name ____________________________________________

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Applicant Email Address: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Email Address

Emergency Contact Information: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Name:

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Previous Education: All official transcripts/documents are required from the applicant for ALL previously attended institutions for FULL ad­mit­tance.* High school/General Education Diploma (GED) documentation is required only for undergraduate applications. SECTION A _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Name of High School

Graduation Month and Year

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General Education Diploma (GED) awarded:______________________________ __________________________

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SECTION B List ALL academic institutions (in chronological order beginning with most recent) you have, are, or will attend prior to NSU ma­tric­u­la­tion. *Official transcripts/documents from all institutions attended are required for FULL admittance. Name of Institution City

State Approx. # or of Credits Start and End Date Country Major Degree Earned (or expected end)

Have you ever been required to leave any college or denied readmission because of conduct or academic deficiencies?

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No

If yes, please explain. ­ ­

SS# ____________________________________________

Name ____________________________________________

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Psy.S. (Specialist) in School Psychology Main Campus

Student Educational Centers

______ Fort Lauderdale

_____ Jacksonville _____ Tampa

_____ West Palm Beach _____ Jacksonville

Application Status qTraditional Degree-Seeking

qAlternative Degree-Seeking

qNondegree-Seeking/Special Student

Test Date NSU must receive official copies of the required exam scores. The scores reported here are considered unofficial. GRE ___________________

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MAT

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Exam Date

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TOEFL ___________________ Exam Date q

Verbal Score

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Quantitative Score

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Analytic Score

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 Check here if you have taken the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) or the Florida General Knowledge Test, and received a passing score.

References List the names of two academic references or professional supervisors or other professional references able to assess your qualifications for graduate study. Relatives and/or spouses are not acceptable references. Letters are to be sent to the address on the front of the application.

Professional Statement You must provide a two-page typed description of your professional experience and goals. Include descriptions of relevant academic, clinical, research, work, and/or volunteer experience, and those aspects of counseling in which you have the greatest interest. Additionally, briefly describe your professional goals and motivation for seeking graduate training.

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GPA Calculation Worksheet To ensure that your application is processed accurately and efficiently, please complete this worksheet and return it with your application. All applicants are required to compute, at minimum, one of the following grade point averages: (1) overall under graduate GPA, (2) undergraduate GPA based on the last two years of study (based on last 60 credits of undergraduate coursework), or (3) overall graduate GPA (based on a minimum of 18 credit hours). Applicants must also provide the course number and title of a three-credit-hour course in research and evaluation or statistics. See bottom of this sheet to calculate undergraduate GPA based on the last two years of study.

GRADE POINT AVERAGE* Overall undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale averaged across all undergraduate schools attended Undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale based on the last two years of study Overall graduate GPA on a 4.0 scale averaged across all graduate schools attended Grade in a three-credit-hour course in research and evaluation or statistics Course Number and Title ______________________________________________ * All grade point averages must be translated into a semester-hour system and calculated on a four-point scale; contact your respective institutions for difficulties in making these conversions (professional agencies must translate all foreign transcripts). For combining across schools, be sure to weigh each school’s cumulative GPA appropriately. Use the following formula to calculate GPA for undergraduate and graduate schools separately; please show calculations: (GPA School 1 X Number of Credits School 1) + (GPA School 2 X Number of Credits School 2) + (etc. for all schools) _______________________________________________________________________ = Overall GPA Total number of credits (from all schools combined)

Undergraduate GPA Based on the Last Two Years of Study n Undergraduate GPA based on the last two years of study includes the last 60 semester hours taken at the undergraduate level. GPA must be translated into a semester-hour system and calculated on a four-point scale. Please contact your respective institutions for difficulties in making these conversions. n If you apply to the Specialist Program in School Psychology before you have completed your bachelor’s degree, your calculation would not include your current term of enrollment. n This GPA worksheet includes all coursework completed. Do not include courses that were dropped or courses that do not award letter grades. If you have repeated a course, include only the higher grade. n Use this worksheet to calculate GPA based on the last two years of study. Please show all calculations. Grade

Total Semester Hours

Multiply by

A+

x4.0

A

x4.0

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x3.7

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x3.0

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Total Number of Grade Points ÷ Semester Hours = GPA Total Number of Credit Hours

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Note: Please be certain to read the following disclosure and sign the application for further processing. No application will be processed without your signature.

Disclosure Statement: Have you ever been convicted in any state or country of a criminal offense, other than a minor traffic offense, where you have been found guilty by a judge or jury or entered a plea of nolo contendere (no contest); or any juvenile offenses; any offenses where the records have been expunged; or any conviction that the applicant is currently appealing, regardless of adjudication? Yes

No

If the answer is yes, please explain._________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ The disclosure is a continuing duty. All applicants must report to Nova Southeastern University (NSU) any such arrest or conviction after the filing of the application for admissions or during the time that the student is enrolled at the college. The admissions committee and NSU will consider new information submitted, and in appropriate circumstances, may change the status of an applicant or student. Permission is hereby given to NSU to make any necessary inquiries and I voluntarily and knowingly authorize any former school, government agency, employer, person, firm, corporation, its officers, employees and agents, or any other person or entity making a written or oral request for such information. Signature of Applicant ___________________________________

Date__________________________________

Notices of Nondiscrimination and Accreditation Consistent with all federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and/or local ordinances (e.g., Title VII, Title VI, Title III, Title II, Rehab Act, ADA, and Title IX), it is the policy of Nova Southeastern University not to engage in any discrimination or harassment against any individuals because of race, color, religion or creed, sex, pregnancy status, national or ethnic origin, nondisqualifying disability, age, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, unfavorable discharge from the military, veteran status, or political beliefs or affiliations, and to comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions; enrollment; scholarships; loan programs; athletics; employment; and access to, participation in, and treatment in all university centers, programs, and activities. NSU admits students of any race, color, religion or creed, sex, pregnancy status, national or ethnic origin, nondisqualifying disability, age, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, unfavorable discharge from the military, veteran status, or political beliefs or affiliations, to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at NSU, and does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, Telephone number: 404-679-4501) to award associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees.

Acknowledgment Statement I have read and understood the instructions. I certify that the information submitted in this application is complete and correct to the best of my knowledge. False and/or omitted information will invalidate this application and could result in rejection of the applicant or dismissal from the university if the applicant has already been admitted. Permission is hereby given to NSU to make any necessary inquiries and I voluntarily and knowingly authorize any former school, government agency, employer, person, firm, corporation, its officers, employees and agents, or any other person or entity making a written or oral request for such information. I agree that this information may be used by Nova Southeastern University for research and development purposes aimed at improving education and admissions programs. Signature of Applicant ___________________________________ SS# ____________________________________________

Date__________________________________

Name ____________________________________________

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Nova Southeastern University Enrollment Processing Services (EPS) Attn: Center for Psychological Studies 3301 College Avenue P.O. Box 299000 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

RECOMMENDATION FOR SPECIALIST DEGREE STUDY ___________________________________

___________________________________

Social Security Number

Name of Reference

_________________________________________ Applicant’s Name

TO THE APPLICANT : This form should be given to professors and/or employment supervisors who are able to comment on your qualifications for graduate study in school psychology. Relatives and/or spouses are not acceptable references. For the convenience of the person completing this form, you should include a stamped envelope addressed to

Nova Southeastern University Enrollment Processing Services Attn: Center for Psychological Studies 3301 College Avenue P.O. Box 299000 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

Under the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, students are entitled to review their records, including letters of recommendation. However, those writing recommendations and those assessing recommendations may attach more significance to them if it is known that they will remain confidential. It is your option to waive or retain your right to access these recommendations. To be acceptable, this form must have the appropriate phrase marked below and your signature. q I waive my right to review this recommendation.

___________________________________

Date

q I do not waive my right to review this recommendation.

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Applicant’s Signature

TO THE EVALUATOR: The above-named individual is applying for admission to a specialist/master’s degree program in counseling at Nova Southeastern University and would appreciate your evaluation of his or her academic/professional work on the enclosed form. In addition, please include a letter of recommendation written on your letterhead. We are particularly interested in your opinion regarding the following: 1. The applicant’s ability to profit from a specialist/master’s degree program 2. The applicant’s maturity and emotional stability 3. The applicant’s oral and written communication skills 4. The applicant’s empathy with, or sensitivity to, others 5. T  he applicant’s potential for being effective in a profession requiring assessment, consultation, and intervention activities


___________________________________ Social Security Number

_____________________________________________ Name of applicant

I have known the applicant for _____ years _____ months. I have known the applicant: ❒ slightly ❒ fairly well ❒very well I have known the applicant: ❒ as an undergraduate student ❒ as a graduate student

❒ as a teaching assistant ❒ as an employment supervisee

❒ other___________________

Indicate the population with which the applicant is being compared in this rating: ❒ undergraduate students I have taught or known ❒ doctoral students I have taught or known ❒ master’s degree students I have taught or known ❒ colleagues with whom I have worked According to the population specified in the last item, rate the applicant on the following characteristics (NBJ=no basis for judgment). If, in your opinion, any of your ratings require further elaboration, please include that elaboration, along with other comments, in your personal letter of recommendation. Characteristics

Lower 50%

Upper 51–70% Upper 71–85% Upper 86–95%

Top 5%

NBJ

Academic Ability General Knowledge Oral Expression Writing Ability Originality, Creativity Social Awareness/Concern Emotional Maturity Productivity Ability to Work with Others Ability to Meet Deadlines Leadership Skills Persuasive Ability Independence/Initiative Professionalism Research Skills Clinical Skills Dependability Carefulness in Work Judgment My overall recommendation of this candidate: ❒ not recommended ❒ recommended with some reservations

❒ recommended

❒ highly recommended

_________________________________________________________ Signature of person completing this form _________________________________________________ Name (print)

_____________________________________________ Title

_________________________________________________ Institution or affiliation THANK YOU FOR COMPLETING THIS FORM.


Nova Southeastern University Enrollment Processing Services (EPS) Attn: Center for Psychological Studies 3301 College Avenue P.O. Box 299000 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

RECOMMENDATION FOR SPECIALIST DEGREE STUDY ___________________________________

___________________________________

Social Security Number

Name of Reference

_________________________________________ Applicant’s Name

TO THE APPLICANT : This form should be given to professors and/or employment supervisors who are able to comment on your qualifications for graduate study in school psychology. Relatives and/or spouses are not acceptable references. For the convenience of the person completing this form, you should include a stamped envelope addressed to

Nova Southeastern University Enrollment Processing Services Attn: Center for Psychological Studies 3301 College Avenue P.O. Box 299000 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

Under the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, students are entitled to review their records, including letters of recommendation. However, those writing recommendations and those assessing recommendations may attach more significance to them if it is known that they will remain confidential. It is your option to waive or retain your right to access these recommendations. To be acceptable, this form must have the appropriate phrase marked below and your signature. q I waive my right to review this recommendation.

___________________________________

Date

q I do not waive my right to review this recommendation.

_________________________________________ Applicant’s Signature

TO THE EVALUATOR: The above-named individual is applying for admission to a specialist/master’s degree program in counseling at Nova Southeastern University and would appreciate your evaluation of his or her academic/professional work on the enclosed form. In addition, please include a letter of recommendation written on your letterhead. We are particularly interested in your opinion regarding the following: 1. The applicant’s ability to profit from a specialist/master’s degree program 2. The applicant’s maturity and emotional stability 3. The applicant’s oral and written communication skills 4. The applicant’s empathy with, or sensitivity to, others 5. T  he applicant’s potential for being effective in a profession requiring assessment, consultation, and intervention activities


___________________________________ Social Security Number

_____________________________________________ Name of applicant

I have known the applicant for _____ years _____ months. I have known the applicant: ❒ slightly ❒ fairly well ❒very well I have known the applicant: ❒ as an undergraduate student ❒ as a graduate student

❒ as a teaching assistant ❒ as an employment supervisee

❒ other___________________

Indicate the population with which the applicant is being compared in this rating: ❒ undergraduate students I have taught or known ❒ doctoral students I have taught or known ❒ master’s degree students I have taught or known ❒ colleagues with whom I have worked According to the population specified in the last item, rate the applicant on the following characteristics (NBJ=no basis for judgment). If, in your opinion, any of your ratings require further elaboration, please include that elaboration, along with other comments, in your personal letter of recommendation. Characteristics

Lower 50%

Upper 51–70% Upper 71–85% Upper 86–95%

Top 5%

NBJ

Academic Ability General Knowledge Oral Expression Writing Ability Originality, Creativity Social Awareness/Concern Emotional Maturity Productivity Ability to Work with Others Ability to Meet Deadlines Leadership Skills Persuasive Ability Independence/Initiative Professionalism Research Skills Clinical Skills Dependability Carefulness in Work Judgment My overall recommendation of this candidate: ❒ not recommended ❒ recommended with some reservations

❒ recommended

❒ highly recommended

_________________________________________________________ Signature of person completing this form _________________________________________________ Name (print)

_____________________________________________ Title

_________________________________________________ Institution or affiliation THANK YOU FOR COMPLETING THIS FORM.


EMPLOYMENT

Office of International Students

Student employment opportunities are available within the Center for Psychological Studies or its affiliates. These positions are generally awarded on a competitive basis and usually require a 10- to 20-hour time commitment per week.

The goal of the Office of International Students is to assist international students, visiting professors, researchers, and scholars with the immigration process. In addition, this office provides guidance for maintaining status with the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS). International student refers to any student who is not a citizen, permanent resident, or naturalized alien of the United States, or in other words, a nonresident alien. For further information, contact 800-541-6682, ext. 7241, or (954) 262-7241 or check the international student Web site at www.nova.edu/ cwis/registrar/isss.

Assistantships: Assistantships are available for CPS students through the center. Included are clinical positions within the various clinics, graduate assistantships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Contact the director of employee services for information regarding the availability of assistantships. A limited number of on-campus graduate assistantships will be available in residential life and student life each academic year. These assistantships include housing, meal plan, a partial tuition waiver, and a monthly stipend. To apply and receive priority consideration, send a letter of interest and resume.

HOUSING Information is available by contacting Nova Southeastern University Office of Residential Life and Housing 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796 (954) 262-7052 or toll free 800-541-6682, ext. 7052 www.nova.edu/cwis/reslife

Nova Southeastern University Office of Residential Life and Housing 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796 Attn: Lua Hancock (954) 262-7052 or toll free 800-541-6682, ext. 7052

Students With Disabilities The university does not discriminate against people with a disability who are otherwise qualified and who meet the academic, personal, and interpersonal standards required to participate and enroll in the center’s programs. Applicants or students with a disability requiring assistance or a copy of the center procedures should contact Joyce Nichols, M.S., at (954) 262-5780.

Veterans Benefits The Veterans Benefits office is located in the Office of Student Financial Services and Registration. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Educational Benefits are designated to provide eligible individuals with an opportunity for educational and career growth. Eligible veterans and their dependents should contact

CATALOG

Nova Southeastern University Office of Student Financial Services and Registration Attn: Veterans Benefits 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796

All applicants will be able to download a copy of the current Center for Psychological Studies catalog at www.cps. nova.edu.

A student receiving veterans benefits must maintain satisfactory progress. Students will be considered to be making satisfactory progress as long as they meet the academic standards set by their school for retention in their degree programs.

For more information, please contact the veterans benefits specialist at 800-541-6682, ext. 7236, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or visit the veterans benefits Web site at www.nova.edu/cwis/finaid/ veterans.

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Faculty Members and Their Professional Interests Nathan H. Azrin, Ph.D., ABPP, Harvard University, professor. Conduct disorder; oppositional defiance disorder (ODD); youth; drug addiction; behavior therapy; depression; marital and couple counseling; muscular tics; self-injurious behavior; vocational counseling and placement; alcoholism; retardation; rehabilitation of the brain-injured; insomnia.

Steven N. Gold, Ph.D., Michigan State University, professor. Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse; dissociative disorders; post-traumatic stress disorder; doctorate-level clinical training; hypnotherapy; psychological assessment; interpersonal, family, and systems theory and intervention; psychotherapy case conceptualization and treatment planning; psychological defenses; personality theory.

Stephen N. Campbell, Ph.D., Howard University, associate professor. General clinical/community psychology, psychology of social change; dual diagnosed; program design and consultation; conduct disorder.

Charles Golden, Ph.D., ABPP/ABCN/ABAP, University of Hawaii, professor. Neuropsychology of head injury, stroke, and multiple sclerosis; neuropsychological and personality assessment, rehabilitation, and community reintegration following brain injury; neuropsychology in childhood and in school settings; learning disabilities; hyperactivity; general assessment.

Ralph E. (Gene) Cash, Ph.D., NCSP, New York University, associate professor. School psychology; psychoeducational assessment, diagnosis, and treatment; depression; anxiety disorders; suicide prevention; individual, marital, and group psychotherapy; forensics, including child custody, wrongful death effects, and disability; stress management; psychology and public policy.

Alan D. Katell, Ph.D., West Virginia University, professor. Assessment and treatment of eating disorders; psychological factors in cardiac rehabilitation; exercise promotion and maintenance; health psychology; coping with chronic illnesses and other physical

Christian DeLucia, Ph.D., Arizona State University, assistant professor. Emergence of problem behaviors during adolescence, with a particular emphasis on adolescent substance use and abuse; statistical methods for the analysis of longitudinal data; methodilogical issues relevant for the design and analysis of psychosocial interventions.

challenges.

Jeffrey L. Kibler, Ph.D., University of Miami, associate professor. Cognitive-behavior regulation of emotion/mood disorders. Behavioral medicine: biobehavioral aspects of post-traumatic stress, psychosocial stress, and pain; psychosocial risks for illness (e.g., heart disease); health risk reduction; psychophysiology; minority health: predictors of biobehavioral research participation for individuals of racial minority.

Frank A. DePiano, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, vice president for academic affairs, university-wide faculty appointments. Professional interests include hypnosis, community psychology, health and medicine, and the development of models for professional training of psychologists.

Stacey Lambert, Psy.D., Nova Southeastern University, associate professor. Community mental health; schizophrenia; the impact of social factors on serious mental illness; recovery; empowerment; psychosocial rehabilitation for people with serious psychiatric disabilities; behavior therapy.

William Dorfman, Ph.D., ABPP, Ohio State University, professor. Community mental health; short-term approaches to psychotherapy; eclectic approaches to individual and marital psychotherapy; psychodiagnosis; objective personality measurement with the MMPI-2 and MMPI-A; role of families and primary caretakers in the treatment and rehabilitation of the chronically and severely mentally ill.

Robert C. Lane, Ph.D., ABPP, New York University, clinical professor. Psychopathology; diagnosis; difficult patients; psychoanalysis; psychotherapy; supervision.

Jan Faust, Ph.D., University of Georgia, professor. Child-clinical and pediatric psychology; child abuse (sexual and physical) and neglect; child treatment outcome research; PTSD in children and adolescents; child adjustment to acute and chronic medical conditions; life span psychosis.

John E. Lewis, Ph.D., Syracuse University, professor. Intercultural psychotherapy and assessment; counseling and psychotherapy with prison populations; educational and vocational assessment and counseling; school psychology; international perspectives.

Ana Imia Fins, Ph.D., University of Miami, associate professor. Health psychology; sleep medicine; insomnia; chronic fatigue syndrome; post-traumatic stress disorder; periodic limb movement disorder.

Craig D. Marker, Ph.D., Chicago Medical School, assistant professor. Anxiety disorders, with a particular emphasis on obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety; longitudinal data analysis, with an emphasis on intraindividual variability and change methods.

Diana Formoso, Ph.D., Arizona State University, assistant professor. Risk and protective factors that shape youth development within low-income, ethnic minority families; family conflict, parenting, and child outcome and how they are impacted by families’ ecological and cultural contexts (e.g., economic hardship, neighborhood risk, immigration, and acculturation); intervention development for ethnic minority children and families experiencing adversity; and the family lives and school experiences of immigrant youth.

Wiley Mittenberg, Ph.D., ABPP/ABCN, Chicago Medical School, professor. Neuropsychology of head injury in adults and children; malingering; forensic neuropsychology; neuropsychology of cortical and subcortical dementias; professional issues in clinical neuropsychology.

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Linda C. Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP, University of California at Irvine, professor. Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use disorders; cognitivebehavior therapy; research dissemination; assessment and treatment evaluation; natural recovery; motivational interventions; professional issues.

Timothy R. Moragne, Psy.D., Wright State University, professor. Minority issues; health psychology; community psychology; human sexuality; psychological aspects of AIDS; AIDS and minorities. Helen Orvaschel, Ph.D., New School for Social Research, professor. Mood disorders; genetic contributions to psychopathology; risk factors for child psychiatric disorders; psychiatric epidemiology; differential diagnostic assessment of child and adolescent psychopathology.

Mark B. Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP, University of California at Riverside, professor. Substance use disorders, especially alcohol use disorders; behavior therapy; motivational interventions; treatment outcome evaluation; public health approach; processes of persuasion and behavior change; philosophy of science.

Scott Poland, Ed.D., Ball State University, associate professor. Crisis intervention; youth violence; suicide; clinical interventions; administration and delivery of school psychological services. Bady Quintar, Ph.D., ABPP, University of Kentucky, professor. Projective techniques; psychoanalytic psychotherapy; ego psychology; postdoctoral training.

Mercedes B. ter Maat, Ph.D., LPC, ATR-BC Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, associate professor. School Counseling and Guidance, professional training and supervision; multicultural counseling; community mental health; art therapy.

Shannon Ray, Ph.D., University of Central Florida, assistant professor. Community mental health, chronic pain, eating disorders, domestic violence, child and adolescent treatment, and posttraumatic stress disorder.

Sarah Valley-Gray, Psy.D., Nova University, associate professor. Neuropsychological, psychological, and psychoeducational assessment; pediatric neuropsychological disorders; psychological services within the schools; infancy and child development.

David Reitman, Ph.D., University of Mississippi, associate professor. Cross-setting (home and school) problems involving children and adolescents; emphasis on disruptive behavior (e.g., attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder). Interventions are behaviorally based, empirical, and focus on parent disciplinary practices, problem solving, and skills building.

Vincent B. Van Hasselt, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, professor. Interpersonal violence; police psychology; criminal investigative analysis (psychological profiling) and apprehension; interviewing and interrogation techniques; intervention with juvenile offenders; behavioral forensics. Angela Waguespack, Ph.D., Louisiana State University, assistant professor. Psychological, psychoeducational, and functional behavior assessments; school-based consultation; psychological services within schools; behavioral interventions with children and adolescents.

Stephen A. Russo, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University, assistant professor. Sport psychology; sports medicine, physical rehabilitation, and recovery from injury; performance enhancement and coaching consultation; anxiety, anger, and emotional regulation; counseling college student-athletes, performance artists, and athletes of all ability levels.

Lenore Walker, Ed.D., ABPP, Rutgers State University of New Jersey, professor. Forensic psychology; expert witness testimony; battered woman syndrome; violence against women; family and interpersonal violence; sexual harassment; impact of trauma; posttraumatic stress disorder; feminist theory.

Barry A. Schneider, Ph.D., Columbia University, professor. Psychodiagnosis and personality evaluation; integrated psychotherapy; medical psychotherapy; rare neurological disorders. David Shapiro, Ph.D., ABPP, University of Michigan, professor. Forensic psychology; mental health law; forensic and clinical assessment; expert witness testimony; malingering; legal and ethical issues. Edward R. Simco, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University, professor. Applied and computational statistics; research design and evaluation; cluster analysis; psychometrics.

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Correspondence Directory Program Information

Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological Studies 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796

(954) 262-5790 or toll free 800-541-6682, ext. 5790 Email: cpsinfo@nsu.nova.edu www.cps.nova.edu

Admissions Information

Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological Studies Graduate Admissions Office 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796

(954) 262-5760 or toll free 800-541-6682, ext. 5760 Fax: (954) 262-3893 Email: gradadm@nsu.nova.edu www.cps.nova.edu

Financial Aid Information

Nova Southeastern University (954) 262-3380 or Office of Student Financial Services toll free 800-806-3680 and Registration www.nova.edu/cwis/finaid 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796

Housing Information

Nova Southeastern University Office of Residential Life and Housing 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796

(954) 262-7052 or toll free 800-541-6682, ext. 7052 www.nova.edu/reslife

International Student Advisement

Nova Southeastern University Office of the University Registrar International Student Adviser 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796

(954) 262-7240 or toll free 800-541-6682, ext. 7240 www.nova.edu/cwis/registrar

Veterans Benefits Information

Nova Southeastern University Office of the University Registrar Coordinator of V.A. Benefits 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796

(954) 262-7236 or toll free 800-541-6682, ext. 7236 www.nova.edu/cwis/registrar

Other Nova Southeastern University Program Information

Nova Southeastern University Office of the University Registrar 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796

(954) 262-7255 or toll free 800-541-6682, ext. 7255 www.nova.edu/cwis/registrar

Accreditations

The Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs in clinical psychology are accredited by the American Psychological Association. The Psychology Services Center Internship Program is also accredited by the American Psychological Association (Committee on Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4242; Telephone number 202-336-5979). Additionally, the Center for Psychological Studies sponsors the Consortium Internship Program, which is a member in good standing of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, Telephone number: 404-679-4501) to award associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Nova Southeastern University admits students of any race, color, sex, age, nondisqualifying disability, religion or creed, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school, and does not discriminate in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. Nova Southeastern University is in compliance with Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and all other laws, rules, or regulations pertaining to these policies.

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Site

Programs Offered

Location

Contact Information

Fort Lauderdale (main campus)

Mental Health Counseling School Guidance and Counseling School Psychology

Maltz Psychology Building 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796

Fort Lauderdale, Florida Phone: (954) 262-5790 Toll free: 800-541-6682, ext. 5790 Email: cpsinfo@nsu.nova.edu

Jacksonville

Mental Health Counseling School Guidance and Counseling School Psychology

Jacksonville Student Educational Center 6675 Corporate Center Parkway, Suite 115 Jacksonville, Florida 32216-8080

Jacksonville, Florida Phone: (904) 245-8900 Email: nsu-jacksonville@nsu.nova.edu

Las Vegas

School Guidance and Counseling

Las Vegas Student Educational Center 8945 West Russell Road, Suite 107 Las Vegas, Nevada 89148-1228

Las Vegas, Nevada Phone: (702) 942-3450 Email: nsu-lasvegas@nsu.nova.edu

Miami

Mental Health Counseling School Guidance and Counseling

Miami Student Educational Center 8585 SW 124th Avenue Miami, Florida 33183-4600

Miami, Florida Phone: (305) 274-1021 Email: nsu-miami@nsu.nova.edu

Orlando

Mental Health Counseling School Guidance and Counseling

Orlando Student Educational Center 4850 Millenia Boulevard Orlando, Florida 32839-6719

Orlando, Florida Phone: (407) 264-5600 Email: nsu-orlando@nsu.nova.edu

Tampa

Mental Health Counseling School Guidance and Counseling School Psychology

Tampa Student Educational Center 9503 Princess Palm Avenue Tampa, Florida 33619-1378

Tampa, Florida Phone: (813) 393-4999 Email: nsu-tampa@nsu.nova.edu

West Palm Beach

Mental Health Counseling School Guidance and Counseling School Psychology

West Palm Beach Student Educational Center West Palm Beach, Florida 3970 RCA Boulevard, Suite 7000 Phone: (561) 622-7018 Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410-4231 Email: nsu-westpalmbeach@nsu.nova.edu

See www.cps.nova.edu for cluster starts and deadlines.

09-074-07MCS

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Center for Psychological Studies 3301 College Ave Fort Lauderdale FL 33314-9909

Specialist Program (Psy.S.) in School Psychology  

Specialist Program (Psy.S.) in School Psychology