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The Therapeutic Frame

January 28, 2016

  Imagine a favorite painting, the lines, colors, and textures within, and how it all comes together in an impressive gestalt. Everything within the frame of the painting is essential to its impact; nothing need be added or removed.  The frame defines boundaries such that focus remains on the image alone. I often think of… Read More

Imposter Syndrome: Who let me post this?

January 26, 2016

Only at MiSPP does this happen. I’m in a class in the MA program, and Dr. King asks that we pair up and take turns following each other around, repeating out loud in a cycle our personal greatest fear.  Here’s mine: “You don’t belong here.” It was a strangely calming experience, probably because it is… Read More

Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Renee Allen

  Where did you grow up? I grew up in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and in my late adolescence Tulsa, Oklahoma. I’m a long way from home as my family still lives there! What or who influenced you to study psychology?  My parents influenced me to study psychology as they felt I had a quick and… Read More

Preparing for Field Placement Interviews: 8 Study Tips

January 8, 2016

There is no question that the applicant process for field placement is a grueling one: applicants must often research a site, make contact, complete an application, send a cover letter and vita, acquire letters of recommendation and attend an in-person interview. The competition for slots can make this process far more stressful. Before I earned… Read More

Faculty Spotlight – Dr. St. John

January 6, 2016

  Where did you grow up? I grew up in Armada, Michigan on a horse farm.  My family moved to Belfast in Northern Ireland for the years I was in middle school and then we moved back to Michigan when I reached high school.  Living in Northern Ireland, I had the chance to travel in… Read More

Reflections from President Blau

  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.   Entering Anew Happy New Year to all!  I hope that your time away provided an opportunity for rest and relaxation, for family, friends and fun, yet… Read More

Words, Memories, Thinking, Feeling

December 14, 2015

  Radiolab[i] featured a program recently about words – or rather, about the absence of words.  The program explores many questions: What happens when words are turned off in the brain?  What would happen if somehow words never made their way into the brain in the first place?  What comprises thought in the absence of… Read More

Psi Chi Outreach at the VA Hospital of Ann Arbor

  On November 29, students from Psi Chi at MiSPP attended an outreach event at the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Hospital in Ann Arbor. The Veterans Health Administration is led by the United States Department of Veterans and implements the medical assistance program for military veterans. Kat Lewitzke, Rachel Rodorigo, Deb Hamilton,… Read More

Year-End Reflections

  As this year comes to a close, so too is my first trimester at Michigan School of Professional Psychology. This program has been a gift in my life as well as in the lives of my cohorts.  At the end of December I take time to think about the year that is ending.  I… Read More

Annual HAVEN Gift Giveaway Volunteer Experience

  The Psi Chi at MiSPP chapter organized eight students and staff members to volunteer at the Annual HAVEN Gift Giveaway on December 9th. HAVEN is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping domestic violence and sexual assault victims. The Annual HAVEN Gift Giveaway shopping experience allows clients to shop and select special gifts for each… Read More