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Founded in 1980 as the Center for Humanistic Studies, the school grew out of the humanistic psychology movement under the leadership of its founders. As the school expanded, the program offerings of the Master of Arts (MA) and Specialist in Psychology (PsyS) degrees in Humanistic and Clinical Psychology were enhanced by the addition of the Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) degree, approved by the North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission in 2000. Originally located in downtown Detroit, the school moved to its present location and new facility in 2003, with a name change in 2006 to the Michigan School of Professional Psychology. As a professional school, education is focused solely in the area of psychology.


Timeline

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Merrill-Palmer Institute

1962

Dr. Clark Moustakas, faculty member at the Merrill-Palmer Institute (MPI) in Detroit, Michigan, participates in the formation of the American Association of Humanistic Psychology and the creation of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology.

1970

Dr. Cereta Perry joins the faculty of MPI after studying with Dr. Clark Moustakas during her doctoral work.

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Clark Moustakas and Cereta Perry

1970-1971

Enhancing Human Potential (EHP) Certification is established by Drs. Clark Moustakas and Cereta Perry at the Merrill-Palmer Institute (MPI).

1978

The first degree program, MA in Humanistic and Clinical Psychology, is launched at MPI. Drs. Diane Blau and Bruce Douglass, graduates of the EHP program, become faculty of the new program.

1979

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Center for Humanistic Studies

MPI announces it will close due to bankruptcy.

1980-1981

Drs. Clark Moustakas, Cereta Perry, Diane Blau and Bruce Douglass commit to keep the MPI psychology programs alive. The Center for Humanistic Studies (CHS) establishes its independence from the Merrill-Palmer Institute. CHS is awarded the degree-granting charter of MPI.

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Early faculty meeting at CHS. From left: Cereta Perry, Diane Blau, Clark Moustakas, Mary Erlandson, and Bruce Douglass

1981-1982

With the aid of dedicated students, CHS moves into 40 E. Ferry Ave. in Detroit. Candidacy for accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA) is granted. EHP Certification evolves into a Specialist Degree (PsyS). CHS graduates its first MA and PsyS classes.

1984

Full accreditation is received from HLC/NCA.

 

2000

The HLC/NCA extends CHS accreditation for a Doctoral Program (PsyD) in Humanistic and Clinical Psychology.

2001-2003

Land is purchased and a new campus is built in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

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Michigan School of Professional Psychology campus

2006

CHS celebrates its rich history on its 25th Anniversary and the dedication of its new name: Michigan School of Professional Psychology (MiSPP).

MiSPP receives re-accreditation from HLC/NCA: next visit required in 2016-2017.

2007

MiSPP co-sponsors the 1st Annual APA – Division 32 National Conference and continues to sponsor those that follow.

2010

Dr. Clark Moustakas receives Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions in Humanistic Psychology from the Society of Humanistic Psychology – Division 32 at the 118th APA Conference in San Diego, CA.

First Honorary Doctorate Degree awarded to State Senator Gilda Z. Jacobs for her contribution to Professional Psychology in Michigan.

MiSPP mourns the death of Professor Emerita and Co-Founder, Dr. Cereta E. Perry. The Cereta Perry Scholarship is created in her memory.

2012

MiSPP mourns the death of Professor Emeritus and Co-Founder, Dr. Clark Moustakas.