Forest Institute Receives National Honor

The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute was honored for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Forest Institute was selected as one of only 15 schools in Missouri to make the "President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.”

The honor roll has been administered since 2006 by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This year 641 colleges and universities applied for the honor, with only 511 being selected nationally. "Congratulations to these schools and their students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service,” said Patrick A. Corvington, CEO of CNCS.


Among services Forest Institute provides within our community is the Robert J. Murney Clinic. Our clinic has been a partner with the community through our service to those seeking behavioral therapy, mental health counseling, and assessment services for more than 25 years. The Murney Clinic is a not-for-profit outpatient mental health center and is the premiere community-based mental health provider in southwest Missouri.


Forest also provides practicum opportunities to our students, which allow them to train and provide mental health services within the community. Through this faculty-supervised process, we are able to reach more underserved clients who may not be able to reach our own clinic. We provide a large amount of service through outreach sites at no charge.

"Forest faculty and students have been serving our community since 1995 and are honored to be recognized for their contributions to the betterment of our community. We are pleased to contribute to the health of citizens in SW MO," said Dr. Mark Skrade, President of Forest Institute.

Forest additionally created the "Give-A-Day” program which allows Federal Work-Study students to devote an entire shift to community service. Local organizations that have benefited from this program include Ozark Food Harvest, Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Missouri, Project Linus, Springfield Public Schools, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the Ozarks Fitness Festival.


Forest Institute continues its work within southwest Missouri on a daily basis, and is pleased to be recognized by the national honor roll. Enrich, advance, and serve remain the words that represent our key principles, govern Forest Institute’s curriculum and empower our mission of providing students with an outstanding, practitioner-based education.