St. Louis, Missouri – The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute hosted the grand opening of its new location in Creve Coeur, Missouri on June 11, 2010, to introduce its programs and services to the community. This event was a chance for community members to learn more about Forest Institute's mission of providing students with an outstanding, practitioner-based graduate education.
Guests, who included prospective students, current students, faculty, staff, alumni, board members, community partners and professionals in the psychology and human services fields, enjoyed light hors d'oeuvres, beverages and music. Staff members from the Admissions, Student Affairs and Clinical Training offices were available to answer questions about the degree programs. Guests were given tours of the classrooms, offices and meeting areas and observed welcoming video messages from Springfield faculty members and Forest's president, Dr. Mark Skrade.
"Two of our goals in hosting this event were to further educational partnerships and to introduce ourselves to practitioners in the community. Forest is training future psychological professionals who could benefit from the expertise of those already practicing in the area,” Skrade said. "In fact, this site will hold monthly continuing education seminars to not only introduce Forest to the St. Louis community but to provide instruction on contemporary topics to our local mental health professionals and students.”
Forest's first expansion outside of the Springfield area, the St. Louis site will offer a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Board Certified Behavior Analyst® certificate beginning in August. All programs are offered in the evenings in order to accommodate working professionals as well as traditional students.
Prospective students interested in applying or visiting the site should call 1-800-424-7793 or visit www.forest.edu/stl. Students who matriculate at the St. Louis site will be able to choose between completing only the master's degree or applying to transfer to the Springfield campus after completion of the first year to earn a Doctor of Psychology degree.
This event was a chance for community members to learn more about Forest Institute's mission of providing students with an outstanding, practitioner-based graduate education and to be known for enriching the lives of students and the communities we serve through advancing the practice of health care.
Brian Nedwek, executive director, Forest Institute — St. Louis
Dawn Medley, vice president of enrollment services, Forest Institute