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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



Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Renee Allen

Dr. Reneé Allen is a new member of the adjunct faculty at MiSPP. She is currently teaching Psyc 524 Intelligence and Achievement Testing in the MA program and Psyc 630 Multicultural Psychology and Social Justice in the PsyD program. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and in my late… 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- Entering Anew

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