Centers, Clinics, Institutes, and Special Projects
As a part of its mission, the College of Education and Psychology supports numerous centers, clinics, institutes, and special projects.
COEP STUDENT ADVISEMENT AND SUPPORT CENTER
The Student Advisement and Support Center is dedicated to undergraduate student development and is designed to help CoEP students reach their academic and professional goals. The center offers academic advising, course scheduling assistance, peer tutoring and guidance, as well as resource referrals. The center is located in Owings-McQuagge Hall Room 131 and is open Monday-Friday from 9:30-4:30.
The Department of Child and Family Studies operates two child development centers, one on the Hattiesburg campus and one near the Gulf Park campus. These centers serve as laboratory and field placement sites for students enrolled in child development laboratory and practicum courses. Both centers model exemplary child centered and developmentally effective educational programs that promote evidence-based practice and a joyful, lifelong love of learning. The Center in Hattiesburg holds a five-star quality rating through the Mississippi Child Care Quality Rating System. This represents the highest rating that can be earned, and the Center is one of only eight childcare facilities to hold this designation of out approximately 1500 centers in the state. The newly opened Center on the Gulf Coast will pursue this rating immediately.
CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN LEARNING AND EDUCATION
The Center for Research in Learning and Education is designed to provide support for P-16 education in South Mississippi by offering opportunities for education professionals to collaborate and pursue targeted research, competitive proposals for external funding, and meaningful professional training.
The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies is dedicated to serving gifted and talented students and their parents, as well as teachers, administrators, counselors, school psychologists, and other professionals. The Center serves an average of 450 P-12 students annually in the Career Explorations for Girls Conference, Saturday Gifted Studies Program, Leadership Studies Program, Summer Gifted Studies Program, and the Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth. The Center celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2014.
The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic is the service, training, and research center of the Counseling Psychology Program in the Department of Psychology. The clinic serves both the University and Hattiesburg community by providing low cost, quality mental health care including counseling and assessment for a variety of issues. The clinic serves approximately 165 Southern Miss students each year for issues related to mental health, relationship distress, academic major/career counseling, and adjustment/transition challenges. The clinic contributes to student retention and success by helping students better navigate the University and access available resources.
The USM Psychology Clinic provides a wide range of assessment, therapy, and consultation services for adults and children. Cognitive assessments help to determine the presence of learning and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders and to recommend appropriate accommodations. The Clinic also offers state-of-the-art assessment services for detecting autism spectrum disorders. Therapeutic interventions are empirically supported and address numerous psychological disorders (e.g., anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, and disorders of childhood). The Clinic provides high quality services at low cost for approximately 70 adults and 40 children each year. Faculty members also serve as consultants with service providers and agencies in the community, in supervisory, research and didactic roles.
The School Psychology Service Center is also housed in the Department of Psychology. The Center offers assessment and intervention services each year for an average of 70 children, adolescents, and young adults who experience developmental delays or disabilities, learning problems, and emotional and/or behavioral difficulties at home and/or school. The Center also offers consultation services to school districts and Head Start agencies in the area. Additional functions of the Center include research, clinical training, and the generation of external funding in the forms of grants and contracts.
The University Clinic for Family Therapy is a training and research clinical site for the marriage and family therapy graduate program. The clinic provides assistance to individuals, couples, and families experiencing a wide range of personal and/or relationship difficulties. The clinic provides a treatment approach that fosters individual growth and development considered best understood and promoted within the context of family and community relationships. The clinic serves individuals and families in 13 counties and provides approximately 6,000 hours of low-cost therapy services each year to USM employees, students, and the general public.
The Autism Project is supported by the Mississippi Department of Education and demonstrates for school personnel and parents how to design and implement appropriate school-based programs for children eligible for special education services in the category of autism. The project offers 4 model classrooms that serve 28 children annually in the Gulf Coast area. The project also provides an average of 40 statewide trainings each year that engage approximately 570 participants.
Alternate route licensure is a pathway to teacher licensure other than completing a traditional program of teacher education. Alterate route licensure is designed to capitalize on content expertise in an area of middle and/or high school preparation.
Realizing Excellence for All Children in Mississippi (REACH MS) is Mississippi's State Personnel Development Grant, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. REACH MS focuses on supporting school-wide and district-wide implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Improving student academic and behavioral outcomes is about ensuring all students have access to the most effective instructional and behavioral practices and interventions possible. REACH MS works with 37 model sites, 7 intense implementation districts, and 1 juvenile facility.Awarded by the Mississippi Department of Education in 2005, the grant is operated by The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education.
AMERICA READS - MISSISSIPPI
America Reads Mississippi (ARM) is an AmeriCorps program with 45 USM members who serve as reading tutors in 10 partnering elementary schools. ARM trains individuals to provide consistent tutoring for low-performing students thus promoting higher student reading test scores, improved student behavior, better attitudes toward school, and stronger staff confidence. ARM increases the pool of highly qualified teacher candidates by helping bright, energetic AmeriCorps members who want to become teachers develop professional skills needed for the teaching profession while making a difference in Mississippi.
The Research Initiative on Social Justice in Education (RISE) is an interdisciplinary initiative comprised of faculty and students from multiple departments in the College of Education and Psychology. RISE is committed to critical inquiry regarding systemic inequalities, and to making real efforts to improve educational conditions in Mississippi, and broadly in the education system at large. This mission is accomplished through mentoring students in social justice research, conducting outreach activities such as social justice movie nights, writing and research workshops, and trainings, engaging in advocacy efforts within and outside of Mississippi, facilitating dialogue and encouraging awareness around systemic inequality, and disseminating research to promote social change.