Family Psychological Center, PA.

Match # 192511

Internship positions available: 1

We are excited to announce that the salary for the 2018-2019 training year has been increased to $25,000.

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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Our Mission

The mission of Family Psychological Center is to provide quality, intensive training in practicing clinical psychology in a rural psychology setting.

Our Supervisors

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.

Primary Supervisors

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.

Training Opportunities

Training opportunities are varied and include assessment of a range of clientele and presenting problems, not only through the outpatient clients, but also through the site’s evaluation contracts with area public schools. Interns have the opportunity to work with clients with diverse age, cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, including training in providing culture-fair assessment and treatment for ESL students. On average this center serves 60 clients per week with diagnoses ranging from neurocognitive, mood, and trauma-related disorders in adults to ADHD, depression, trauma-related, autism spectrum, and disruptive behavior disorders in children. The major experience at this site will be conducting assessments of children and adolescents within the area schools. Assessments will address cognitive, academic, emotional, behavioral, personality, and developmental functioning. Experience with a wide range of assessment techniques and instruments is available. Interns will spend approximately five hours per week providing outpatient therapy services in office to children and adults. Interns will also have the opportunity to co-facilitate a trauma-related group. Secondary involvement in forensic evaluations (e.g., risk assessment, parenting capacity) can also be expected. Interns have scheduled weekly supervisory sessions in addition to open access throughout the week to their primary supervisors in the event that special training issues or unplanned client crises arise.

Example Training Opportunities:
  • Private Practice Management
  • Individual Therapy (Child, Adolescent, Adult)
  • Marital/Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • School Consultation
  • Consultation with other Professionals
  • Learning Disability Evaluation
  • ADHD Evaluation
  • School Assessment
  • Forensic Assessment
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Objective Assessment
  • Projective Assessment
  • Research
  • Intake Evaluation
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.