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NSU Health Care Center for Assessment and Intervention

Center for Assessment and Intervention

Mission Statement

The Center for Assessment and Intervention (CAI) at Nova Southeastern University's Human Services Department is committed to enhancing the quality of life of individuals, families, and communities by providing services aimed at promoting academic and workplace success. CAI is a resource for school districts, offering academic and assessment services. In addition, CAI offers Webinars and trainings, and is involved in best practice research with schools and other community agencies to promote positive changes for children, adults, and families.

The Nova Southeastern University, Human Services, Center for Assessment and Intervention is also a training facility, which adheres to the philosophy that good human services practice is built on a foundation of scientific research. Therefore our organization follows the Practitioner Informed by Science Model of training.

Assessment and Therapeutic Services

Assessment Services

CAI primarily offers comprehensive psychoeducational assessments for a wide variety of school based referrals including, but not limited to:

  • Educational Programming
  • Intellectual Giftedness
  • Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Developmental Delays and Disorders
  • Language Delays/Issues
  • Social/Emotional/Behavioral Problems
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Vocational Planning

A written report, with appropriate referrals and/or recommendations is provided upon completion of the evaluation along with detailed feedback on the results. All services are rendered under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.

Intervention Services

  • CAI offers therapeutic services for children, adults, and families, as well as U.S. Veterans and survivors and victims of torture referred through Gulf Coast Jewish Community Services, Florida Center for Survivors of Torture.
  • Services include individual, family, and group therapy.
  • Fees for services will be assessed based on a sliding scale. Services are available to children, adults, and other adult clients regardless of race, color, sex, non-disqualifying disability, religion or creed, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

School/Community Resources

  • In-service teacher and parent trainings
  • Educational webinars
  • Trainings for students and mental health providers aimed at enhancing educational and professional development
  • Seminars for university employees

Training Programs

Nova Southeastern University, Human Services, Center for Assessment and Intervention (CAI) provides training to pre- and post-doctoral level psychology trainees from other university departments, including the Criminal Justice Institute, the Center for Psychological Studies, and the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Our goal is to prepare trainees to independently function as professionals in a variety of mental health settings by enhancing their clinical and administrative competencies. Three principal areas of emphasis for trainees at the Center for Assessment and Intervention (CAI) include: psychoeducational assessment, intervention, and consultation. The main focus/goal of this program is to prepare trainees for professional practice within the areas of assessment, psychotherapy, and research/consultation, through the following training experiences:

  • Comprehensive assessments
  • Intake diagnostic evaluations with case formulations and treatment planning
  • Individual, marital, family, and group psychotherapy and cognitive remediation with children
  • Consultation and training (i.e. workshops) to allied health professionals, educators, and social service providers
  • Weekly individual and group supervision, case conferences, and didactics within a multidisciplinary setting that emphasizes biopsychosocial factors in the development and/or maintenance of learning/developmental difficulties, psychopathology, and medical illness.
  • Research or evaluation project participation or development in collaboration with center faculty. The areas of interest of the CAI faculty include program evaluation, special education, out-of-school programming, experiential education, substance abuse prevention, health psychology, and neuropsychology.
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