Family Psychological Center, PA.
Match # 192511
Internship positions available: 2
Family Psychological Center (FPC) is a private practice located in Harrison, Arkansas, that provides outpatient psychological services in a rural context with a surrounding population of 60,000. FPC receives referrals primarily from physicians, public schools, judges, juvenile services, and the Arkansas Department of Human Services. Other referral sources include attorneys, Social Security Administration, and local pastors. Populations served include children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics with a wide range of presenting problems.The area features mostly low-income to middle-class families along with some of the highest rated public schools in the Arkansas. There is also a growing Hispanic population in the areas surrounding Harrison.
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The mission of Family Psychological Center is to provide quality, intensive training in practicing clinical psychology in a rural psychology setting.
Site Training Director
Charles Nichols, Psy. D.
Dr. Nichols is the training director of Family Psychological Center, P.A. He established FPC in 2000 with the goal of providing generalized psychology services in a comfortable, family-centered atmosphere. Dr. Nichols earned a master’s degree in counseling (Marriage and Family Therapy) at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in 1995 and his doctoral degree in psychology (Clinical Psychology) in 1999 from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. Dr. Nichols completed his Pre-doctoral Internship at Cook County Jail (Chicago, Illinois) and his Residency in private practice at the Mental Fitness Center. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of Arkansas and a provider for Medicaid, Medicare, and several insurance provider networks.
As the Training Director and primary supervisor at Family Psychological Center, Dr. Nichols provides clinical supervision of psychological interns and residents. Dr. Nichols has worked with clients in a range of settings, including acute psychiatric units, residential facilities, private practice, and correctional institutions. His interests are in ADHD, learning disabilities, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and forensic assessment. He is a member of the Allied Health Staff at North Arkansas Medical Center. His supervision is geared toward providing students with enhanced differential diagnostic skills through focused interviewing, careful observation, and psychological testing. His theoretical orientation is best described as integrated.
Phil Brown, Ph. D.
Dr. Brown is a seasoned psychologist who has practiced in a variety of organizations, including a state hospital, community mental health centers, and private practices. He consults closely with health professionals, including psychiatrists and physicians from the Harrison area. His Ph.D. was earned from the University of Oklahoma, and he has been a licensed psychologist in Arkansas since 1998.
Intern Selection Process
When considering the application and interview process for ranking of potential interns, Family Psychological Center looks for the following primary criteria:
- Quality of references
- Writing style in letters and application materials
- Graduate program GPA
- Interest in private practice
- Number of testing hours accumulated
- Types of test instruments administered
- Experience and preference for rural settings.