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Healthy Lifestyles Guided Self-Change Program. This specialty outpatient program at Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) College of Psychology offers Guided Self-Change, a unique short-term, evidence-based, non-12 step alternative treatment not available elsewhere in Florida. Guided Self-Change has been recognized in the Surgeon General’s report Facing Addiction in America (November 2016) as an appropriate treatment for individuals who have mild alcohol or drug problems. It also is included on the American Psychological Association'’'s (APA) Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) website listing of Empirically Supported Treatments.

Guided Self-Change, a motivational cognitive-behavioral treatment, was established in 1984 in Canada by Drs. Linda and Mark Sobell, and brought to Nova Southeastern University in 1996. Both Dr. Linda and Dr. Mark Sobell are licensed psychologists in Florida and are Board Certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology.

Services are offered for people concerned about becoming healthier, losing weight, exercising more, drinking less, developing better relationships, quitting smoking, quitting gambling, stopping drug use, difficulties in falling asleep or staying asleep, reducing internet use, or becoming more goal-directed. This evidence-based, motivational program empowers people to take responsibility for their own change and utilizes personal strengths for setting and achieving goals. The program has also been evaluated in several clinical studies. Services are available in English and Spanish. A sliding fee scale is available. The number of sessions is variable and determined by individual client needs. Individuals who are interested in services or more information can call the program directly at (954) 262-5968 or email us at gsc@nova.edu. Individuals are usually seen within 24-48 hours of their first call to the program. The program is open Monday through Thursday 9 am to 8 pm and Friday 9 am to 5 pm.