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Making Sense of Violence and Trauma Among Youth

MiSPP’s Clinical Training Administrator, Dr. Jill Castro, appeared Tuesday morning (April 17, 2014) on WDET’s The Craig Fahle Show to discuss the topic of youth violence, trauma, and how adults can help. She spoke with the show’s host, Craig Fahle, and Kari Walker, President and CEO of The Guidance Center. Listen to their conversation  … Read More

Working With Transgendered Clients

In the years that I’ve worked with the transgender community, two words describe what I’ve observed: bravery and loss. Bravery because these are people who are taking steps toward self-actualization and becoming the people that they truly are instead of taking the easy way out and remaining hidden in order to conform to society’s norms…. Read More

Women Psychologists: Yesterday and Today

The following article is a summary of a study published in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology in 2012 titled, “Women Psychologists: Multiple Paths, Similar Yet Distinct Identities.” It was authored by one MiSPP faculty member and five MiSPP students who utilized the Consensual Qualitative Research Model (CQR). The participants were Marjorie Scott, Frances Brown, Karen… Read More

What is Neuroscience and Why Should I Care?

Neuroscientists study the actions of individual neurons and groups of neurons called networks or circuits which drive every activity of humans and animals. Some of the functions they study are: learning and memory, language, attention, emotions, thinking and reasoning, consciousness,  imagination, empathy and attachment, identity formation from a neurobiological level, and movement to name a… Read More

Important EPPP Reminders for Alums

**All 2009 PsyD grads must take and pass the EPPP exam before July 31, 2014** Implications of DSM-V Publication on EPPP Content: All questions on the EPPP through July 31, 2014 related to the DSM will refer to the DSM-IV.  **Beginning August 1, 2014, all DSM items on the EPPP will refer to the DSM-V. Exam administrations through… Read More

Eating Disorders: Lesser Known Signs and Symptoms

Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa can cause serious damage to the body.  Dangers include malnutrition, dehydration, vitamin deficiency, electrolyte imbalance and significant risk for heart attack.  Frequent purging can cause tears in the esophagus or gastrointestinal tract which can result in death.  These are only a few examples of the havoc… Read More

Monthly Case Conference Event

The MiSPP Alumni Association sponsors a monthly Case Conferencing evening for practicing professionals. We provide an opportunity for clinicians to seek ideas, insights, and perspectives on difficult, complex, or otherwise challenging cases with a cadre of experienced colleagues. The case conference format is an informal round table discussion, moderated by Dr. Don McMillan. You do… Read More

We Shall Overcome

African American History month has been celebrated since 1976.  I recall February being my favorite month in grade school because I learned about Frederick Douglas, Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Martin Luther King Jr.  I never tired learning about them every year. Mr. Douglas escaped slavery and went on to become the leader… Read More

Yoga for the Emotional Body

The wisdom of yogic practices can help you design a healing program to manage your mood.  Through the practice of pranayama (breathing) exercises, asanas (postures), and mantras (vocal vibrations), you can learn practices to calm and relax an anxious mood and practices to energize and elevate a depressed mood.  Contemporary medical and psychological research affirms… Read More

Current Student Scholarship Awardees

MiSPP is committed to contributing annually to assist in student scholarships and aid. Scholarship and financial assistance funding is supported by gifts from alumni, family, and friends. Generally, funds are disbursed in the form of tuition credit. Scholarships for continuing students are awarded in November. This academic year Derrick Sebree, second year PsyD student, was… Read More