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Master’s Programs in CounselingPolicies and ProceduresHandbook2015-2016*Supplemental to Nova Southeastern UniversityPolicy and Procedure Handbook hbk 2015-16.pdfWebsite: http://psychology.nova.eduRevised: 10/2015

TABLE OF CONTENTSNova Southeastern University . 1NSU Mission Statement . 2NSU Vision 2020 Statement . 2NSU Core Values . 2Academic Integrity . 2Notices of Accreditation, Membership and Nondiscrimination . 3President’s Message . 5Dean’s Message . 6Introduction to the College of Psychology . 7Mission Statement: College of Psychology . 7Reservation of Power . 7College Philosophy . 7Tobacco Free Policy . 8Academic Calendar . 8Academic Programs . 8Master of Science Counseling Programs . 8Other Master of Science Programs . 9Other Collaborations. 9School Psychology Programs . 10Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programs . 10Concentrations/Tracks . 10Joint Doctoral/MBA . 11Licensure . 11Other Doctoral Programs . 11Training Programs . 12Institute of Trauma and Victimization . 12Southeast Institute for Cross-Cultural Counseling . 12Pre-doctoral Internship Programs . 12Continuing Education Series. 12Professional Development Institute . 13Research . 13Computer/Statistical Lab . 13Clinical Services . 14Specialty Clinical Training Programs . 15Academic Regulations and Information . 17Calendar and Classes . 17Academic Year . 17Attendance . 17Religious Holidays. 17Student Enrollment . 17Full-time Status. 17Leave of Absence . 17Time Limit Requirements . 18Failure to Register. 18Advising . 18Registration. 18Registration Policies and Procedures . 19Payment of Tuition and Fees . 19Tuition and Fees . 19Professional Liability Insurance. 20Refund Policy . 20Class Cancellation Policy . 20Drop/Add . 20Withdrawal from a Course . 21Transfer of Credit . 21Provisional Admissions . 22Grading Policy . 22Policy for Grading Disputes. 23Evaluation of Master’s Students . 23Core Performance Standards for Admission andProgress . 23Student Conduct . 24Professional Standing Committee . 25Veteran’s Administration Requirements . 25Standards of Progress . 25Grade/Progress Reports . 26Credit for Prior Training. 26Degree Conferral . 26Graduation. 26Student Rights and Responsibilities. 27Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). 27Release of Student Information . 28Deceased Student Records . 28Ethical Issues in the Master’s Programs . 28Dual Relationship between Faculty Members andStudents . 29No Direct Payment to Faculty . 30Student Grievances and Appeals . 30Informal Procedure. 30Formal Procedure . 31Remediation Policy . 31Readmission Policy . 32Students with Disabilities . 33Other Policies and Information . 34Cellular Phone Policy. 34Computer Policy . 34Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) 34Protection of Human Subjects in Research/Procedures for both Funded and Unfunded Research . 34Library Training . 35International Students. 36Counseling (Online) Students . 36College of Psychology Student Aid Programs . 36College of Psychology Scholarships . 36College of Psychology Student Employment . 36Assistantships . 36Student Facilities . 36Notice (Bulletin) Boards . 36NSU Libraries . 37Online Databases and Resources . 37Document Delivery . 37Regional Campus Facilities/Resources . 38Minimum Computer Requirements . 38NSU E-mail Account . 38Hurricane Information . 38State Licensure Disclosures . 39School Counseling Master’s Program . 41Curriculum and Degree Completion Requirements. 42Matriculation Requirements (Degree Candidacy) . 43Academic Standing (Following Matriculation) . 43Probation . 43Dismissal . 44Academic Standing (Non-Degree Seeking Students) . 44School Counseling Practicum/Internship Requirements . 44School Counseling Internship Prerequisites . 46Florida Educator Accomplished Practices . 46State of Florida Certification in Guidance and Counseling 46Examination Requirements . 47School Counseling Non-Degree Certification Option . 47Sample Course Sequence-Fall Start . 49Sample Course Sequence-Winter Start. 50Academic Calendar–Regional CampusClass Meeting Dates . 51

Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program. 52Curriculum and Degree Completion Requirements . 53Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination. 54Matriculation Requirements (Degree Candidacy) . 54Academic Standing (Following Matriculation). 55Probation. 55Dismissal . 55Academic Standing (Non-Degree Seeking Students) . 55MH Counseling Practicum/Internship Requirements. 56MH Counseling Practicum Prerequisites . 57State of Florida Licensure/Mental Health Counselors . 57Main Campus-Sample Course Sequence . 58Regional Campus-Sample Course Sequence-Fall Start . 59Regional Campus-Sample Course Sequence-Winter Start. 60Academic Calendar (Main Campus) . 61Academic Calendar (Regional Campus) . 67Counseling (Online) Master’s Program . 68Curriculum and Degree Completion Requirements . 70Core Course Requirements . 70Concentration Requirements . 70Mental Health Counseling . 70Substance Abuse Counseling . 70Substance Abuse Counseling/Ed. 70ABA (BCaBA). 71Adv. ABA (BCBA). 71ABA Non-Degree (BCaBA) . 71Adv. ABA Non-Degree (BCBA) . 71Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination . 73Matriculation Requirements (Degree Candidacy) . 73Academic Standing (Following Matriculation). 74Probation. 74Dismissal . 74Academic Standing (Online Non-Degree Students) . 74Counseling Practicum and Internship Requirements . 74MH Counseling Practicum and Internship . 75SA Counseling Practicum . 75SA Counseling and Education Counseling Practicum . 75Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum. 76Adv. Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum . 76Counseling Practicum Prerequisites . 77MH Counseling Practicum Prerequisites . 77SA Counseling Practicum Prerequisites . 77SA Counseling/Education Practicum Prerequisites . 77ABA/Adv. ABA Practicum Prerequisites. 77Licensure and Certification Information . 77State of Florida Licensure for Mental Health Counselors . 78Florida Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) . 78Behavior Analyst Certification Board . 78Academic Calendar (Online) . 79Master’s Programs Course Description Index . 80Counseling Programs Administration . 87MHC/SC Program Administration . 87Counseling (Online) Program Administration. 87College of Psychology Faculty Professional Interests . 88Full-time Faculty Professional Interests . 88Professors Emeriti . 93Contributing Faculty . 93Part-Time Core Faculty . 94Clinical Faculty . 95Adjunct Faculty . 96Important Contact Information . 99College of Psychology Phone List . 100Regional Campus Location Information . 101

Nova Southeastern UniversityNova Southeastern University is a not-for-profit, fully accredited, coeducational University classified byCarnegie as both a “high research” and “community engaged” University. It was founded in 1964 asNova University. NSU’s main campus is located on the 314-acre main campus in Ft. Lauderdale-Davie. Ithas a presence throughout Florida, the U.S. and in nine countries. Its 18 Colleges of study offerundergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in the fields of medicine, psychology, pharmacy, artsand sciences, dental medicine, education, law, optometry, computer and information sciences, humanitiesand social sciences, human services and justice, nursing, business, and oceanography. It also hasprograms offered for children and families through the Mailman Segal College for Human Developmentand the University School. NSU also brings cultural enrichment to the community through the Museumof Art, the Miniaci Performing Arts College, public access to the Alvin Sherman Library, Research andInformation Technology College, and programs in the performing and visual arts.From the beginning, the University has distinguished itself by its innovative outlook, its unique programsthat provide both traditional and nontraditional choices in educational programs, and its research in manyfields aimed at solving problems of immediate concern to the community. The University’s Colleges andprograms share a common mission to educate students for leadership roles in a variety of professions.Through the Nova Southeastern University plan, students master competencies at each academic level,develop a sense of professional ethics and responsibility, and learn to appreciate the role of theprofessional as a key individual in society.NSU stresses the critical relationship between theory and practice; it reinforces and tests the classroomexperience through applied research and community service as integral parts of academic experience.Consistent with its mission, the University extends its resources to provide educational opportunities toworking professionals nationwide, with faculty teaching on the main campus, online, at regionalcampuses throughout Florida and Puerto Rico, and across the country. NSU also delivers programsthrough a variety of educational technologies, including telecommunications. Nova SoutheasternUniversity is committed to the idea that education should not be time-bound or place-bound. Through itseducational offerings, research projects, and programs of public service, the University encourages thefree exchange of ideas and the search for knowledge that is the cornerstone of the academic tradition.Nova Southeastern University programs are approved for educational benefits by the Bureau of StateApproval for Veterans Training, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. The University is authorizedunder federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.Nova Southeastern University’s general policies on student relations are on file in the Office of theUniversity Registrar.1

NSU Mission StatementThe mission of Nova Southeastern University, a private, not-for-profit institution, is to offer a diversearray of innovative academic programs that complement on-campus educational opportunities andresources with accessible, distance-learning programs to foster academic excellence, intellectual inquiry,leadership, research, and commitment to community through engagement of students and facultymembers in a dynamic, lifelong learning environment.NSU Vision 2020 Statement:By 2020, through excellence and innovations in teaching, research, service, and learning, NovaSoutheastern University will be recognized by accrediting agencies, the academic community, and thegeneral public as a premier, private, not-for-profit university of quality and distinction that engages allstudents and produces alumni who serve with integrity in their lives, fields of study, and resulting careers.NSU Core Values:Academic ExcellenceStudent ResearchDiversityCommunityThe Mission Statement, Vision 2020 Statement, and Core Values were adopted by the NSU Board ofTrustees on March 28, 2011.Academic IntegrityThe university is an academic community and expects its students to manifest a commitment to academicintegrity through rigid observance of standards for academic honesty. The university can functionproperly only when its members adhere to clearly established goals and values. Accordingly, theacademic standards are designed to ensure that the principles of academic honesty are upheld.The following acts violate the academic honesty standards:1. Cheating—intentionally using or attempting to sue unauthorized materials, information, or studyaids in any academic exercise.2. Fabrication—intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citationin an academic exercise.3. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty—intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to helpanother to violate any provision of this code.4. Plagiarism—the adoption or reproduction of ideas, words, or statements of another person asone’s own without proper acknowledgement.Students are expected to submit tests and assignments that they have completed without aid or assistancefrom other sources. Using sources to provide information without giving credit to the original source isdishonest. Students should avoid any impropriety or the appearance thereof in taking examinations orcompleting work in pursuance of their educational goals.For a complete description of Nova Southeastern University’s Academic Standards please see the NSUStudent Handbook (pgs. 26-32).2

Notices of Accreditation Membership and NondiscriminationNova Southeastern University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Associationof Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; Telephone number 404679-4501) to award bachelor's, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees. The University ischartered by the State of Florida.The Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Commission on accreditation of theAmerican Psychological Association. The Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by theCommission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The College of Psychologyhas two APA accredited doctoral internship programs, the South Florida Consortium Internship Programand the Psychology Services Center internship program.Questions related to the programs’ accredited status should be directed to the Commission onAccreditation:Office of Program Consultation and AccreditationAmerican Psychological Association750 1st Street, NE, Washington, D.C., 20002-4242Phone: 202-336-5979/E-mail: apaaccred@apa.orgWeb: College of Psychology offers two programs, (1) the M.S. in School Counseling and (2) the Psy.S. inSchool Psychology, for practitioners in P-12 schools that were reviewed by the National Council forAccreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Nova Southeastern University is accredited by NCATE.NCATE accreditation is awarded to the university through the Fischler School of Education as follows:The Fischler School of Education at Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the National Councilfor Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) ( This accreditation covers initialteacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at all university locations andonline. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institutionoffers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.Nova Southeastern University’s College of Psychology offers continuing education workshops topsychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, andschool psychologists. These courses, which are presented by leading mental health professionals,contribute to the lifelong learning of our students and faculty as well as the professionals in ourcommunity. PsychologistsNova Southeastern University’s College of Psychology is approved by the AmericanPsychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Nova SoutheasternUniversity’s College of Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.Clinical social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapistsNova Southeastern University's College of Psychology is approved to offer continuing educationby the State of Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and MentalHealth Counseling. Provider # BAP 330 – exp. 03/31/2017School psychologistsNova Southeastern University's College of Psychology is approved to offer continuing educationby the State of Florida Board of Medical Therapies/Psychology, Office of School Psychology.Provider # SCE 11 – exp.11/30/2017.3

Nova Southeastern University's College of Psychology is approved by the National Associationof School Psychologists to provide continuing education for school psychologists. NovaSoutheastern University maintains responsibility for the program. Provider number 1024. Nova Southeastern University’s College of Psychology has been approved by NBCC as anApproved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.4548. Programs that do not qualify forNBCC credit are clearly identified. Nova Southeastern University’s College of Psychology issolely responsible for all aspects of the programs.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, andactivities generally accorded or made available to students at the school, and does not discriminate inadministration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athleticand other school-administered programs.Nova Southeastern University reserves the right to amend, modify, add to, or delete its rules, policies, andprocedures without notice, affecting its institutional relationship with students as deemed necessary by theadministration. Any such amendment, modification, addition, or deletion shall not be considered aviolation of the relationship between the University and the student. Such right includes modification toacademic requirements, curriculum, tuition, and/or fees when in the judgment of the administration suchchanges are required in the exercise of its educational responsibility.4

President’s MessageWelcome to Nova Southeastern University!NSU’s main campus is located in Greater Fort Lauderdale with locations around Florida, the Bahamasand Puerto Rico. We are at the heart of the region’s academic and research hub, and just minutes fromsome of the world’s best beaches. With more than 26,000 students and 152,000 alumni around the world,you will find Shark Friends in every corner of the country – and beyond. Nova Southeastern University isthe largest independent, not-for-profit university in the Southeast, and the seventh largest in the UnitedStates. As president of NSU, I invite you to become an ambassador of this extraordinary educationalinstitution that is in its fourth decade of existence.NSU’s undergraduate programs are diverse and all serve as a conduit into more than 100 graduate andprofessional programs. NSU boasts a strong health professions division and our dual-admit program forundergraduate students is great for those with who wish to pre-apply to our nationally ranked graduateand professional programs. Our business school is the largest in Florida and caters to future businessleaders and entrepreneurs who seek a personalized real-world education. Alumni from our school ofeducation are teachers and administrators across the county, including more than 300 sittingsuperintendents and 38 college presidents hold our Ed.D. degree. NSU’s programs in psychology, conflictresolution and family therapy are nationally renowned. So, whether you are preparing to study law,computer sciences or marine biology – NSU is the best choice to pursue higher education.We are proud to be classified as one of only 37 universities, out of more than 4,000, that have the dualdesignation of both “high research” and “community engaged.” This did not happen by accident. Ourfaculty and student researchers are changing the world in areas such as coral reef preservation, cancerdrug therapies, autism, neuro-immune medicine, and many others. And our students, faculty and staffgive back to the community each year through approximately 2,000 different community events. NSU iscommitted to providing the highest quality faculty in small classroom environments where interaction is akey ingredient in the learning process.I invite you to take a few minutes and look around our website and discover NSU. Get to know ourfaculty, our students and programs – I am sure you will like what you see. Our virtual campus map willgive you building-by-building access to our classrooms, athletics facilities, student union, and libraries.And, if you are in town, please stop by to say hello and join us for a tour of our beautiful 300-acrecampus.Sincerely,George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D.President and CEONova Southeastern University5

Dean’s MessageI am pleased to extend you a warm welcome to Nova Southeastern University and the College ofPsychology. We hope to guide you through a rich and transformative journey where you will growpersonally, academically and socially on the road to becoming major contributors to our society. Our aimis to guide you in your development of skills needed to impact the quality of life of individuals, families,institutions, and communities.Our College offers bachelor’s degree programs in psychology and behavioral neuroscience, as well asgraduate programs in clinical and school psychology, counseling, experimental psychology, forensicpsychology, and general psychology, along with other specialized training experiences. Our outstandingfaculty guide students, not only in discovering and appreciating the factual content of their respectivefields of study, but also in developing the critical and creative thinking skills essential to producers orconsumers of science and the investigative skills of aspiring professionals, researchers, and clinicians.The scope of psychology, counseling, neuroscience and related fields is expansive, as our disciplinesdescribe and explain the effects of psychological processes from the level of individual brain cells to thescale of complex social interactions. The areas of expertise our faculty collectively possess are similarlydiverse. Regardless of the specific field or subfield of study, however, our students benefit from thegreater involvement that small classes provide and from the related opportunities for researchcollaborations and for experiential placements in community settings.While the lasting memories of one’s years at a university surely include many events beyond the confinesof the classroom, one’s day-to-day enjoyment while enrolled as a university student depends largely onhis or her chosen field of study and engagement with its particular subject matter. The College ofPsychology is proud to house engaging undergraduate majors, an array of highly regarded graduateprograms and related training opportunities and a clinic that serves our community. We hope that theseopportunities at our university will figure positively in the memories our students of their universityexperience.Conducting basic and applied

Nova Southeastern University Nova Southeastern University is a not-for-profit, fully accredited, coeducational University classified by Carnegie as both a "high research" and "community engaged" University. It was founded in 1964 as Nova University. NSU's main campus is located on the 314-acre main campus in Ft. Lauderdale-Davie. It

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