Missouri State University ponders adding psychology institute

Thursday, May 17, 2012 | 9:40 a.m. CDT; updated 10:40 a.m. CDT, Thursday, May 17, 2012

SPRINGFIELD — Missouri State University is weighing a merger with a Springfield psychology institute.

Interim president Clif Smart says talks on whether to take in the nonprofit Forest Institute of Professional Psychology are in their early stages.

Smart told the Springfield News-Leader he expects to have a direction on the possibility by August.

On its website, the Forest Institute says it offers an alternative to traditional doctoral psychology programs by focusing on students who want to work as direct mental health providers rather than as researchers or academics.

The Forest Institute also has a campus in St. Louis.


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