2024 NSU Fact Book

2024 FACT BOOK 73 SPECIALIST DEGREE Postgraduate students can earn a specialist degree in School Psychology (Psy.S.). The specialist program is approved by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) and is part of the accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) through the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice. In addition, the program holds national recognition by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The specialist in school psychology program prepares graduate students to work as professional practitioners to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and behaviorally. The program was developed in response to the state and national critical shortage of school psychologists and increased public attention to the important role of the school psychologist in addressing the mental health and academic needs of children. DOCTORAL DEGREES The College of Psychology houses three doctoral programs. The Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology follows a traditional scientist-practitioner model, with the goal of building clinical expertise on a strong found- ation of scientific engagement. The Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology follows a practitioner informed- by-science model to prepare students for clinical work while promoting student development as lifelong consumers of research. Each program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association*, and both require a four-year, full-time residency along with an additional year of full-time internship experience. Program concentrations are available in Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Neuropsychology, Psychodynamic Psychology, and Serious Mental Illness. Tracks on Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychology; Multicultural/ Diversity; and Trauma are also available. The college’s third doctoral program, the Psy.D. in School Psychology, is also founded on a practitioner informed-by-science model and prepares students to offer empirically supported services in assessment, prevention, and intervention. This program is accred- ited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association*. It also holds the designation of full accreditation status by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Moreover, the curriculum is designed to be consistent with the Florida state licensure requirements for both school psychologists and psychologists under Chapter 490, Florida statutes. INTERNSHIPS AND POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING In addition to these specific degree programs, the College of Psychology sponsors two predoctoral internship programs that are both accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association*. The Psychology Services Center Internship Program offers doctoral candidates in psychology the opportunity to develop profession- ally, to increase proficiency in psychological assessment and intervention, and to acquire competence in the provision of supervision and consultation. The South Florida Consortium Internship Program partners with community agencies to provide a broad range of services to the community while also serving as an excellent training opportunity for our NSU clinical doctoral and school psychology students. The college also offers a postdoctoral residency training program where participants earn the postdoctoral year of clinical supervision and training required to seek state licensure as a psychologist. GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY Integral to its mission to provide services to the community, the college houses the Psychology Services Center, which serves more than 1,000 clients each year. The Psychology Services Center is home to 2 general outpatient programs, 1 foundation-funded clinic, and 13 faculty specialty clinical programs, each with a focus on the specific needs of the clinic’s multicultural community. Clients served include