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Forest Students Earn Awards for MHCC Posters

Congratulations to fourth place winners, Jennifer Halpin & Maranda Upton and second place winners Hannah Harris and Dr. Stacy Ogbeide -


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Forest Newsletter Now Available

Forest student Taylor Thatcher has released the first issue of the Forest Times Newsletter.

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Forest Student Publishes Journal Article in The Neuropsychotherapist

Forest student Chris Mahan published an interesting case presentation that illustrates the emotional restructuring approach within the clinical biopsychological model.
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Forest Student Publishes Article on Future of Mental Health Screening

Forest student Gage Stermensky II published an article exploring the future use of saliva, blood tests, and other bio-indicators of mental health occurrences.


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Dr. Kristina S. Brown Selected for 2014 Slate of Nominees for COAMFTE

Congratulations to Dr. Kristina S. Brown, LMFT, Program Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Programs for being selected as a 2014 slated nominee for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), position of Commissioner.
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2014 Mental Health in Corrections Conference

The 2014 Mental Health in Corrections Conference Presented by The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute and Burrell Behavioral Health is scheduled for April 10-12, 2014 in Springfield, Missouri. The theme is "Upsetting the Status Quo: New Perspectives on Corrections, Reentry & Recidivism" The conference also has a brand new website with all of the latest information. Check it out at www.burrellcenter.com/mhcc.
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Forest Alumna contributes to Primary Care in Behavioral Health E-book

Forest Alumna, Dr. Elizabeth Zeidler Schreiter contributed her efforts and experience in Dr. Neftali Sarrono's new e-book, "The Implementer’s Guide To Primary Care Behavioral Health”

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Forest Announces Spring/2 Qtr 2014 Student Travel Awards

Forest is pleased to announce the following recipient of funding for the Spring/2nd Quarter 2014 cycle. Information pertaining to the conference at which they will be presenting is also included.
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Dr. Robert Denney Promoted to Full Professor

Forest Institute is pleased to congratulate Dr. Robert Denney on his promotion to Full Professor.
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MOAMFT Announces New Officers

CONGRATULATIONS to the new officers for MOAMFT including MFT alum, Holly Harrison, MA, LMFT as Membership Chair and MFT Adjunct Supervisor, Patricia Randall, LCSW on Elections Committee Member.
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Forest Student Nominated for MOAMFT Award

Congratulations to Jason Malousek on being nominated by his MFT faculty and supervisors for the 2014 MOAMFT Student Award.


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Forest Students Receive Presentations at MOAMFT Conference

Several Forest Students Received Presentations and Poster Presentations for MOAMFT Conference in St. Louis.



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Forest graduate presents workshop

Forest graduate, Daniel J Neller, PsyD, ABPP, presented a workshop this weekend in Charleston, SC, on Violence Risk Assessment for the American Academy of Forensic Psychology


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Forest student writes article for American Medical Technologists publication

Psy.D. Student, Steven L. Powden's article is featured in the January 2014 issue of Journal of Continuing Education Topics and Issues.

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Dr. Kristina S. Brown Shares Relationship Advice in MAR

Dr. Kristina S. Brown's Article "Your Relationship To-Do List- Tips to Keep Your Love Alive" was featured in the Feb 2014 issue of Missouri Autism Report

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Forest Students Share Internship Experiences

David Bauman and Bridget Beachy describe their predoctoral internship opportunities and Post-Doctoral Plans.
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1st Quarter Travel Awards

Through Forest’s Student Travel Award Program, started in 2006, students are able to apply for financial assistance from Forest Institute to help offset costs related to travel in presenting their research at regional and national conferences. More than $65,000 has been awarded to over 200 students in support of their research projects since the program began.



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Forest doctoral student invited columnist for the Neuropsychotherapist Journal Summary

Gage Stermensky was an invited columnist for his article summarizing and exploring new research related to cognitive aspects of stress.
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HAPTC Featured by Indiana Psychological Association

The Indiana Psychological Association featured a full page article about HAPTC's involvement with Four County Counseling Center.
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COAMFTE renews accreditation of Forest MFT programs

Special thanks to Dr. Kristina Brown, Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program, for leading the initiative that lead to a six year renewal of accreditation by COAMFTE of Forest's MFT programs.
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Forest Student Publishes Manuscript

Forest doctoral student Gage Stermensky II and associate professor Peter Jaberg publish manuscript in peer reviewed journal.
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Forest Student Publishes Children's Book

Taylor Thatcher, M.A. has just released a Children's book about managing anxiety "Know Your Monster" available on Amazon
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Forest Alum Publishes Journal Article

Forest Alum Elizabeth Zeidler Schreiter, Psy.D (2008) is lead author for the article "Consulting Psychiatry within an Integrated Primary Care Model" in this month's Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved


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Burrell Behavioral Health and Clarity Recovery and Wellness to Merge

Effective January 1, 2014, Clarity Recovery will become part of Burrell.
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Forest Students Join Together For Blanket-A-Thon

Collaborative Family Healthcare & Child & Adolescent Student Groups join together for the 5thAnnual Project Linus (www.projectlinus.org) Afternoon of Making Blankets!


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Dr. Mark Skrade and Mitch Craker Recipients at NAMI Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Skrade and Mitch Craker for being named Community Partners Awards recipients at 2013 SWMO National Alliance on Mental Illness Award Banquet!
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Forest Celebrates Commencement 2013

Forest Institute was able to honor the hard work and dedication of 97 graduates Saturday, October 12 at our 2013 annual commencement event at the Gilloiz theater in Springfield, Mo.
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Dr. Falender's Presentation on Clinical Supervision

Dr. Carol Falender shared her valuable resources and information about Clinical Supervision.  View Dr. Falender's Presentation here.

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Forest Blanket-A-Thon!

Forest Students will be making fleece blankets to donate to Project Linus
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Murney Award Winner Announced

The recipient of the Robert J. Murney Memorial Award this year goes to Christopher Ward.
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Fall 2013 Student Travel Award Recipients

Forest is pleased to announce the following recipients of funding for the Fall 2013 (4th Qtr.) cycle.
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Forest Student earns NAN Women in Leadership Scholarship

Forest Psy.D student Kathryn Dunham has been awarded the NAN Women in Leadership Scholarship
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GLEE and STUCCO Film Event

GLEE and STUCCO are sponsoring "Southern Comfort"-a film about Transgender issues on Monday September 9th at 5:00pm.
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Dr. Andrew S. Berry Achieves ABPP certification

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew S. Berry, PhD, PsyD, ABPP for achieving the award of ABPP specialty board certification in Counseling Psychology!
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Dr. Pietz Earns National Award

Congratulations to Dr. Christina Pietz for receiving the Kathleen Hawk Sawyer Award, a national award, from the Bureau of Prisons for her outstanding work on a high profile forensic case.
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The Burrell Fellowship Program

Learn more about The Burrell Fellowship for full time study in the Doctor of Psychology program at Forest Institute.

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MFT Graduates receive Magic Wands

Honoring Forest Tradition, MFT Graduates receive their "Magic Wands" at the Annual Back to School and Magic Wand Celebration.

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2013 Men of the Year Honoree: Dr. Mark Skrade

SBJ Photo by Wes Hamilton

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Forest Library Assistant Awarded Conference Scholarship

The Missouri Library Association has awarded Lindsey Taggart with a scholarship to attend the Annual MLA Conference in St. Louis.

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Forest Student Awarded Scholarship

Antoni Hanigan, received a scholarship award from the Association of Threat Assessment Professional at their annual conference in Anaheim, CA
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Welcome to Dr. Ginger Holczer

Ginger Holczer, PsyD, has accepted the position of Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Program Director at Forest Institute

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FEETS Committee Anounces 2013-14 Scholarships

The Forest Excellence in Education and Training Scholarship(FEETS)Committee announces the outcome of our 2013-2014 scholarship program.
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Forest Alum Reappointed to New Mexico State Board of Psychologist Examiners

Dr. Paul Bagwell has been reappointed to the New Mexico State Board of Psychologist Examiners.

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Burrell-Forest Merger Approved by the Higher Learning Commission

The boards of directors for Forest Institute and Burrell Behavioral Health announced earlier this week that they have received final approval from the regional accrediting organization, The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), for a merger between the two Springfield-based organizations.
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Forest Alum Featured in Atlanta Magazine

Atlanta Magazine featured Dr. Matt Smith in their July "Top Doctors" issue
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Forest President selected among SBJ's "Men of the Year 2013"

Dr. Skrade will be honored Aug. 23 during an award luncheon celebrating SBJ's Men of the year.

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Summer 2013 Student Travel Award Recipients


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Forest Students Earn Recognition at MOPA

Congratulations to 2013 2013 Student Poster Session Award Winners!
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Faculty, Staff and Students attended The Greater Ozarks Pridefest

Forest Faculty, Staff and Students attended The Greater Ozarks Pridefest, an outdoor community celebration featuring a festival of live music and entertainment celebrating the diversity of the Ozarks.
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President Mark Skrade was elected President-Elect of Isabel’s House

Forest Institute President Mark Skrade was elected President-Elect of Isabel’s House board of directors.
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Darr Family Foundation Awards Forest Institute and Operation Us $5,000 Grant

The Darr Family Foundation has awarded Forest Institute and The Friends of Operation Us (Grantee) a grant for $5,000 to continue efforts with The Hatching Project at Springfield-Greene County WIC.
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Forest Students Present Posters at MOPA Conference

Forest Institute was well represented in the poster session at the Missouri Psychological Association Conference June 7-8 in Osage Beach.
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Dr. Jaberg discusses updates in the new DSM-V

 Dr. Jaberg explains some of the updates in the new DSM-V. on KSPR
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Forest community members discuss ways to deal with stress

KOZL News features Dr. Courtney and Kim Ramacciotti as well as other Forest community members discussing ways to deal with stress  on air "Adults Ages 18 to 34 Report Highest Levels of Stress "

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Forest Student Awarded Scholarship

Antoni Hanigan, PsyD student has been awarded a scholarship by the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP).
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NPR Analyzes the DSM V

NPR Guests Gary Greenberg, Thomas Insel, M.D.and Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D. Examine the DSM-V and discuss the value of the updated  "Bible" of psychiatry


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Spring 2013 Student Travel Award Recipients

Forest Institute announces the following recipients of funding for the Spring 2013 cycle.

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Dr. Brown shares advice on relationships and social media

Dr. Brown gives valuable advice on protecting your relationship from some of the negative effects of social media
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Forest Students invited to SEPI Conference.

Forest PsyD Students Chris Mahan, Keri Parish and Ben Hunter's research will be featured during two presentations at the Society for Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) in Barcelona, Spain.

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Forest student presents to rural community at school assembly

Forest Student, Jeremy Vincent presented during a school assembly on the difficult topic of suicide.

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Forest Students Publish Article for Association for Applied Sport Psychology

Forest students David Bauman, Bridget Beachy and Kate Higgins developed a document helping sport psychology students find practicum and internships

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Forest alum and adjunct instructor featured in a new book

Dr. Ginger Holczer, is featured in an upcoming book, Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy: An Integrative Model for Exploring Desire and Intimacy.

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Encouragement to PsyD Students Affected By Boston Bombing

While at The Executive Committee of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP), Dr. Skrade contributed to a note of encouragement to two PsyD students affected by the bombing in Boston.
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Forest Institute named among Top 50 Social Media Friendly Psychology Schools 2013

After gathering social media data on over 250 psychology schools and departments across USA, Forest Institute was ranked #6 of the Top 50 Social Media Friendly Psychology Schools by Masters in Psychology Guide

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Forest Institute to start new work program with Burrell

Learn more about Forest's externship program in the News-Leader 
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Dr. Baker shares advice to Ozarks runners about dealing with events during Boston Marathon bombing

Dr. Baker, Director of The Robert J. Murney Clinic at Forest Institute shares advice to Ozarks runners about dealing with events during Boston Marathon bombing

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Forest Alum Speaks at Symposium

Dr. Chris Stout was a guest speaker at the The 4th Annual World Health Day Symposium.
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Forest Institute is walking with 2013 NAMIWalk

Our team Forest Institute is walking with 2013 NAMIWalk Southwest Missouri on May 4, 2013 9:00 AM.

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Forest Students and Faculty Member Publish Research Summary

Stacy Ogbeide, David Bauman, Bridget Beachy, Cassandra Neuhaus, and Dr. Michael Leftwich recently published research in the area of primary care service delivery in the Winter 2012 edition of the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research.
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Dr Porter to speak at Empathic Therapy Conference

Forest Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr Gerald Porter will be a featured speaker at the upcoming conference in Syracuse, NY.
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Forest Trustee Wins School Board Election

Forest Trustee Annie Busch elected to Springfield Public School Board

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Task force studies proposed amendments to nondiscrimination ordinance.

Dr. Porter addressed the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Task Force on transgender issues.
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Forest Alumna In SBJ

SBJ Newsmaker Tessa Coltrin, Psy.D., joins Mercy Clinic Neuropsychology

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Forest Grad Featured on HGTV

Forest Alumnus Matt Turvey, Psy.D. was featured on a recent episode of House Hunters International.

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BACB approves Forest ABA Programs

Forest Institute is pleased to announce that the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. has approved the ABA Programs for taking examination under the 4th Edition requirements that will go into effect in 2015.

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2013 40 Under 40 Honoree: Kristina Brown

Dr. Brown's was one of 40 up-and-comers who's personal accomplishments in civic and professional arenas were acknowledged March 7, 2013  in a special publication and evening party by Springfield Business Journal.
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Dr. Leftwich Commissioned Captain in Army National Guard

Dr. Leftwich completed his commissioning ceremony to become a Captain in the Missouri Army National Guard.


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Murney Clinic Provider's Website Nominated for Award

Addison Cooper's "Adoption at the Movies" is one of three single-topic blogs nominated for this year’s National Association of Social Worker Media Awards.
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Forest Students Publish Article

Forest Students Dhara Shah and Ben Hunter recently published an article in the Journal of Mind and Behavior.

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Current Openings with Forest Institute

Click here to see current employment opportunities with Forest Institute http://forest.edu/ab-employment.aspx
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Forest Releases New Radio Ads in New Markets

Forest Institute Is expanding its advertising markets and has released four new commercials for broadcast.

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Dr. Courtney on KY3

Watch Dr. Courtney on KY3 http://bit.ly/11n73Gs discussing the value of medication and talk therapy for depression compared to alternative treatments.
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Forest Institute lands partner

From SBJ.net A deal 10 years in the making was inked this month when the boards for The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute and Burrell Behavioral Health agreed to merge....

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Dr. Kristina Brown selected as member of class of 2013 40 under 40

An independent panel of judges has chosen Dr. Kristina Brown as one of 40 up-and-coming professionals as Springfield Business Journal’s 2013 class of 40 Under 40.

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Forest & Burrell Enter Merger Agreement

The boards of directors for Forest Institute and Burrell Behavioral Health approved this week a decision to merge the two Springfield-based organizations.
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Springfield Doctor: Talk To Your Children About School Massacre

Dr. Jaberg shares advice on speaking with children about the tragedy in Connecticut
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Dr. Baker Shares Insights About Trends in Marriage and Children

The U.S. Census Bureau for the city of Springfield shows married couples with children under 18 have decreased in number since 2000, while families headed by a single parent have increased.

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CNN Ranks MFTs in Top 50 Best Jobs in America

CNN Money/Payscale.com's recent release of the "Best Jobs in America" rankings listed Marriage and Family Therapists 42nd out of 100 top jobs,

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Forest Team Raises Money Walking

Forest team exceeds goal and collects $1000.00 for St Jude Children's Research Hospital

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Forest Psy.D. Student Publishes Chapter in New Book

Deseri Burgess, Psy.D. Student is a contributing author for  "Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students: A Guide for School-Based Professional”
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Dr. Chris Stout Addresses Graduating Students

On October 13, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute celebrated graduation and commencement at The Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, Mo..
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Dr. Ellis named Director of Murney Clinic Internship Program

Diane M. Ellis, Psy.D., has been named Director of Internship Training for the APA-accredited internship program at the Robert J. Murney Clinic.  She also serves as the Assistant Clinic Director.
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FAB Wants You to Walk for Autism

The Forest Association of Behaviorism is looking for people to participate in the 2012 Walk Now for Autism Speaks on September 8th.

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Dr. Robert Denney Named APA Division 40 Fellow

Dr. Denney joins the list of psychologists and neuropsychologists that the APA feels have made "unusual and outstanding contributions" beyond the state and regional level.
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Forest Students Selected for Scholarships/Assistantships

Several Forest students will start the Fall 2012 semester with a lighter financial load after being chosen as recipients of this year's scholarships and assistantships.

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APA Weighs in on Psychotherapy Effectiveness

The American Psychological Association says research shows psychotherapy is effective but underutilized.
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Dr. Christina Pietz Testifies as Loughner Pleads Guilty

Tuesday, Jared Lee Loughner plead guilty to the shooting rampage in Tuscon, Arizona where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot. Forest's Dr. Christina Pietz was among those who testified in the hearing.
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President Skrade Featured in Springfield Business Journal

The Springfield Business Journal recently had a conversation with Dr. Mark Skrade about the rich history of Forest Institute, the services it offers, and the possibility of merging with Missouri State University.
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Dr. Kristina Brown Book Review Published in Journal

Brown reviewed the book "They Can't Find Anything Wrong! 7 Keys to Understanding, Treating, and Healing Stress Illness." The review was published in the journal, "Families, Systems, and Health."
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Forest Civility Study Highlighted by KSMU-NPR Radio

The story focuses on Springfield's "Arts in the Park" program and its adoption of the 10 Civility Tenets. Dr. Glenna Weis and several Forest students are conducting a study to observe outcomes of the program.
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