Vincent B. Van Hasselt, Ph.D. leads the center in research and training with law enforcement. Van Hasselt is Professor of Psychology and directs NSU clinical services in the Psychology Services Center as shown below.
He is editor of the Journal of Family Violence, Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal, Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, Handbook of Family Violence, Advanced Abnormal Psychology, and Handbook of Psychological Approaches with Violent Offenders: Contemporary Strategies and Issues. He has published over 200 journal articles, books, and book chapters including several on the assessment and treatment of family violence, substance abuse, and police issues.
Dr. Van Hasselt is also a certified police officer and a lecturer at the Broward County, Florida, Police Academy and the FBI National Academy on the topics of police stress and mental health, domestic violence, suicide prevention, and abnormal psychology for law enforcement. He is also a consultant to the FBI Behavioral Science and Crisis Negotiation Units. His clinical and research interests are in the areas of police psychology, behavioral criminology, and critical incident stress.
Van Hasselt's Clinical Programs in the Psychology Services Programs
Adolescent Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program. This program provides comprehensive assessment and treatment to adolescents who have been arrested for minor offenses, have substance abuse problems, or are at-risk for developing such problems. Services include individual, group, and family therapy. Treatment components include social skills training, parent-child relationship enhancement, anger management, communication skills training, and behavioral contracting. Training in cognitive-behavioral, family systems, experiential, and social-learning theory approaches is provided.
Family Violence Program. This program provides psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults in: 1) offering assistance in identifying and overcoming effects of abuse, while also helping perpetrators learn nonviolent behaviors, 2) assisting children who have witnessed violence to overcome its effects, and 3) helping adolescents learn anger management skills and promoting nonviolent ways of resolving conflicts. Individual and/or group therapy sessions are offered on a sliding scale fee basis. Treatment techniques such as: assertiveness skills, communication skills, and problem solving skills are emphasized.
For more information on these and other clinical services for the community, contact (954) 262-5730.