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End of Year Message from Dr. Blau

July 14, 2016

Dear Students, “Always leave them wanting more” is a famous adage in entertainment, and while entertainment is not our goal, it does fit for learning too. The desire to know more is a key motivator for ongoing professional development. Soon you will have completed the 2015-2016 academic year.  I hope this year contained many such… Read More

Beyond the Education: Paying It Forward

July 12, 2016

When I agreed to write about why I volunteer at MiSPP, I didn’t think that it would be this hard to do, but, I’m really finding it difficult to put my feelings into words so that I can explain why. If I had to start somewhere, it would be with one of my favorite quotes,… Read More

Student scholarship recipients 2015/16

June 27, 2016

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. This academic year Kat Lewitzke, fourth year PsyD student, was awarded the Jill Benton Humanistic Psychology Scholarship (JBHPS),… Read More

Student Reflection: Ecotherapy Group

June 22, 2016

During my time spent in graduate school at MiSPP, I have been exposed to a plethora of therapeutic modalities in my training. I began to find myself drawn to the discipline of ecopsychology, an approach that views the human relationship with the natural world as an essential component to our holistic health. I found this… Read More

Working with Transgender Clients: Considerations for Psychological Testing and Assessment

June 13, 2016

Psychological assessment is an important component of clinical psychology. It allows for a greater understanding of an individual in various ways including socio-emotional functioning, cognitive and neurological processes, and/or adaptive skill, among others. Psychologists incorporate and execute a combination of methods to reach a hypothesis about a person.  Tests can be standardized and norm-referenced for… Read More

Taking Elliot on the Road

June 7, 2016

I recently spent several days at the Living Games conference in Austin, Texas. In getting oriented to Austin, I discovered that one of its slogans was “Keep Austin Weird.”  And I found that to be a little bit of a relief, as it completely explained why my 3.5 hour presentation on personality disorders began at… Read More

Reflections from President Blau: A Message From Nature

May 26, 2016

Our monthly blog feature from MiSPP President, Dr. Diane Blau, discussing what’s on her mind and in her heart regarding MiSPP and the field of professional psychology.  In the past weeks I have noticed significant change in the trees around MiSPP. Lush green leaves reside where once there was a profusion of blossoms. It seems… Read More

Student Profile: Megan Meade-Higgins

May 17, 2016

Megan Meade-Higgins, PsyS, LMSW, MSW, a fourth year doctoral student at MiSPP, was recently selected to complete a two year post-doc fellowship through the Consortium for Advanced Psychology Training. Megan currently works as a practicing psychotherapist at Eastwood Clinics in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, serving a diverse population with a variety of mental health issues. … Read More

De-stigmatizing Mental Illness: When cause becomes important

May 9, 2016

An article in Psychology Today[i] raised a dilemma that I have been thinking about for many years. The article asserts that all mental illness is a product of physical brain dysfunction.  For those disorders for which we cannot currently find said dysfunction (they list: “depression, bipolar, schizophrenia”), it is only a matter of time and… Read More

Reflection on the 2nd Annual Psychology Research Symposium

May 5, 2016

MiSPP Psi Chi hosted the 2nd Annual Psychology Research Symposium on Friday, April 29 at MiSPP.  A clinical training for working with the LGBTQ population, taught by Rachel Crandall, LMSW, was held just before the conference.  Dr. Ellen Fedon-Keyt, PhD, delivered the key-note address, followed by two poster sessions and the presentation of awards ceremony… Read More