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Reflections From President Blau: Trust The Process

April 5, 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.   Our current graduate programs germinated from the seeds of a two-year course of study entitled “Enhancing Human Potential” (EHP) offered at the Merrill Palmer Institute (MPI), which was,… Read More



Of Goddesses and Fools

March 23, 2016

Excerpted with author’s permission from previously published essay in About Place Journal[1].  This excerpt begins after Dr. King has completed her MA in Clinical Psychology at MiSPP (then called the Center for Humanistic Studies or CHS). A couple of years later, I was trying to find ways to combine my work as a feminist psychologist… Read More



EPPP 101: Study Tips For Success

March 17, 2016

Ready? Set. Study!!! You’ve completed all of your course requirements.  You’ve completed and mailed your application for temporary licensure. If you’re lucky, you’ve already found employment and if you’re not so lucky, you’re looking at good prospects. As if your plate isn’t full enough, now you can prepare to jump through the last hoop on… Read More



Acceptance Is The New Change

March 11, 2016

Moments of genuine self-awareness rarely emerge spontaneously from the void.  It is only through our interactions with others that we can ever see ourselves, however obscurely.  This is one reason why therapy is so effective.   Over time, the opportunity for change is created as a therapist helps her client become aware of a dysfunctional habit… Read More



Psychology, Ethics, and the Law

March 8, 2016

The presentation on psychology, ethics, and the law will focus on the exploration of the numerous events in our clinical practice which can create ethical conundrums, moments requiring a pause to analyze the ethical standard that may apply, as well as the corresponding statue or administrative rule which may also be relevant to an informed… Read More



The Metro Detroit Association of Black Psychologists: A History and Personal Legacy

February 16, 2016

February is the shortest month of the year and is not the only time I celebrate Black Herstory/History. Personally, I believe that every day of the year is worth observing the multiple contributions of people of African descent who were brought to America against their will. I am a descendant of enslaved Africans and realize… Read More



Treating Trauma-related Mental Health Disorders with Cognitive Process Therapy

February 15, 2016

On February 26th I will be presenting a workshop on using cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for the treatment of PTSD. CPT is a manualized 12-session therapy approach that combines exposure therapy with cognitive behavioral therapy. It is classified as an evidence-based therapy because of the extensive research trials that have been conducted and published, indicating… Read More



Humanizing Psychoanalysis III: Conference Recap

February 9, 2016

On Saturday, January 30, 2016, I attended The Integrative Psychoanalytic Society Conference, “Humanizing Psychoanalysis III.” I delivered a presentation on heuristic research and social anxiety. I found the conference to be an enriching experience, both professionally and personally. The atmosphere of the conference held warmth and congeniality as attendees provided feedback and support to the… Read More



Reflections From President Blau: The Therapeutic Frame

January 28, 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. 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… 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