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The Season of Rituals

December 22, 2014

The season of rituals has begun, and will carry us into the new calendar year. From the Latin rītuālis, rite or ceremony, rituals have been present since the beginning of time and across all cultures as an integral part of religious, spiritual, political, social, and family life. Rituals help us to embody symbolic expressions of… Read More



MiSPP at HAVEN’s 28th Annual Gift-Giveaway

December 15, 2014

HAVEN is Oakland County’s only comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  The organization provides shelter, counseling, advocacy, and educational programming to nearly 30,000 people every year.  Each winter, HAVEN facilitates a large-scale gift giveaway for individuals who received their services during the past year.  Each person is able to select special… Read More



Psi Chi Approves MiSPP Chapter

December 10, 2014

Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, is proud to announce the addition of a chapter of Psi Chi at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology! The Michigan School of Professional Psychology was granted a Psi Chi charter on November 20, 2014. The charter members are currently planning the first induction, which will be… Read More



Holiday Greetings from Dr. Blau

December 9, 2014

Dear Students It seems that it was only yesterday when you walked through the doors for the first day of classes and discovered all the work you needed to do fall semester.  You looked over syllabi that then seemed overwhelming, but now have completed all of the assignments. You have done well!  Consider all you… Read More



Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Betz King

December 3, 2014

Dr. Betz King is the Program Coordinator of MiSPP’s master’s program and Core Faculty member.  She provides leadership for the MA program in the areas of curriculum development, practicum training and supervision, admission criteria and interviewing, and student retention.  As an MA program faculty member, she teaches courses related to clinical work, such as: Existential… Read More



Psychologists Writing for Film

November 25, 2014

Many movies function as “equipment for living,” a phrase coined by Skip Dine Young based on Kenneth Burke’s idea of literature as equipment for living. This phrase means that movies provide edification, inspiration, and thoughtful debate among viewers about important aspects of living. For example, Thelma and Louise is a feminist exposition that caught our… Read More



Honor Society Game Night

November 17, 2014

On November 5, 2014, MiSPP students, faculty, friends, and family came together for a night of fun at the MiSPP Honor Society Game Night. Attendees’ played a variety of games, including board games, charades, and role-playing activities. The aim of Game Night is to allow attendees the opportunity to interact with their peers and MiSPP… Read More



Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Dustin Shepler

Dr. Dustin Shepler joined the Michigan School of Professional Psychology as a Core Faculty member in 2012.  He teaches in both the MA and PsyD programs. For more on Dr. Shepler click here. Hometown: Bluffton, Ohio Favorite book (non-academic): Catcher in the Rye; Atlas Shrugged Favorite place to grade papers: My backyard when it’s warm and… Read More



Qualitative Gaming

November 12, 2014

  One of the discussions I have with the students in the Masters Program each year is about the nature of quantitative and qualitative research. These are two very different ways of interpreting our experiences. The quantitative method relies on data, numbers, predictability and outcome. The qualitative models rely not only on observation, but reflection,… Read More



The Good Therapist

November 7, 2014

  How effective are therapists? The average therapist is twice as effective as antidepressants in the treatment of depression and is successful in about 70% of all cases no matter what the diagnosis. This is roughly equivalent to the success rate of most common medical treatments. Some therapists are better than average. In one large… Read More