The Center for Psychology and Education (CPE) is an organization committed to the practice and integration of psychology and education, and their intersection with related specialties. The main mission of the practice is to enhance the psychological, educational, and occupational adjustment of the children, adolescents, families, and adults with whom it works.

The clinicians at CPE draw on a variety of sub-disciplines in working with their clients. The most influential of these include: clinical psychology, developmental psychology, developmental neuropsychology, educational psychology, psychiatry, and special education.

Evaluation and assessment services are emphasized strongly at CPE as we believe that an accurate understanding of a client's cognitive, academic, emotional, social, and behavioral functioning is needed in order to intervene effectively and efficiently. Interventions may take many forms including prevention, enhancement, and problem-focused activities, all with an eye towards maximizing collaboration between involved parties.

Another central belief of the professionals at CPE is that individuals, and particularly children and adolescents, are often best assisted by the people most familiar to them, and in the settings where they spend the most time. Hence, consultation with parents and teachers, as well as with other health professionals, is often an extremely important part of any intervention plan.

The Center seeks to stimulate and develop new ideas and strategies for providing services to children with special needs through professional training, technical assistance and new program development activities.

The Center received a grant from the John Rex Endowment enabling it to plan and develop a special day-school for children with significant communications, mobility and special health challenges. In partnership with the Wake, Durham, Chatham, Orange and Chapel Hill/Carrboro Public Schools, the Departments of Pediatrics and Allied Health Sciences and the Center for Literacy and Disability in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, planning for "New Voices School" will be completed by fall 2007 and the program available for students by fall 2011. The goal of the program is inclusion in the public schools in the least restrictive educational setting possible.

For more information on New Voices School, visit the website www.newvoicesnc.org.