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Review of “The Reckoning: the father of the Sandy Hook Killer Searches for Answers”

June 12, 2014

Two of my passions were recently united through an article in The New Yorker (March 17, 2014) called “The Reckoning: The Father of the Sandy Hook Killer Searches for Answers.” The article included an interview with the father of Adam Lanza, the young man who went on a horrific killing spree at Sandy Hook Elementary… Read More



Job Alerts

June 10, 2014

Did you know that MiSPP is often contacted by local mental health agencies with employment opportunities? The word is out! MiSPP alums make fantastic clinicians. Local employers want you! Don’t miss out! Join us on social media so you won’t miss any job postings.   Current Positions Available   Post by Michigan School of Professional… Read More



Elective Courses for Alumni

June 5, 2014

We are looking at the possibility of opening doctoral-level testing and elective courses to CHS/MiSPP alumni. Courses include: PSYC 627 Advanced Intelligence and Achievement Testing PSYC 629 Advanced Objective and Projective Personality Assessment PSYC 681 Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy PSYC 683 Mindfulness in Psychotherapy PSYC 684 Clinical Health Psychology PSYC 685 Psychology of Trauma These courses would… Read More



Dr. Evelyn Hooker: Psychologist and Gay Ally

June 3, 2014

Though few psychologists (and even fewer non-psychologists) have heard the name Evelyn Hooker, Dr. Hooker’s research played a significant role in the destigmatization of gay, lesbian, and bisexual identities. In recognition of Pride Month (June), we remember Dr. Hooker’s contribution to the field of psychology and to the LGBT equality movement. Like many of her… Read More



Racial Scapegoating: An American Past Time

May 28, 2014

Recent news coverage of LA Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling, along with cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, has permeated the airwaves and Internet for the last month. Why so much attention? They both expressed offensive racist ideology. It was made known that Sterling did not want African Americans attending basketball games with his girlfriend, and Bundy suggested… Read More



The Encounter Deck: A Tool To Facilitate Groups

May 22, 2014

Back in February, I was thinking about the course that I would teach in the third (now current) semester called Group Process: Theory and Practice. One of the artifacts that I inherited early in my training was a deck of cards simply called “Response” that I have used with groups for over 20 years. I… Read More



Research Updates

At MiSPP, we encourage students, faculty, and staff to engage in research activities. The research involved may be independent or as part of a team and may result in publication or presentation. The following activities are currently underway at MiSPP: Dr. Ryan Blackstock (Core Faculty) has developed and prototyped a deck of cards called Encounter…. Read More



What Is Your Question?

May 9, 2014

Taking the opportunity to read a women’s magazine recently while on a long flight, I was struck by the title of the Editor’s column “What’s Your Question?” (Lesley Jane Seymour, More Magazine, May 2014). The editor was reporting on a conference focusing on women’s issues at Duke University, and specifically on a presentation, “The Heart of… Read More



Dr. Brene Brown and Shame & Vulnerability

April 30, 2014

You can’t travel far these days without someone mentioning Dr. Brené Brown and her TED talks on shame and vulnerability. I was first exposed to Brené Brown’s work when Hazelden published my book and I was on a five city speaking circuit with her. I was the new kid on the block, thrown in with… Read More



Making Sense of Violence and Trauma Among Youth

April 17, 2014

MiSPP’s Clinical Training Administrator, Dr. Jill Castro, appeared Tuesday morning (April 17, 2014) on WDET’s The Craig Fahle Show to discuss the topic of youth violence, trauma, and how adults can help. She spoke with the show’s host, Craig Fahle, and Kari Walker, President and CEO of The Guidance Center. Listen to their conversation  … Read More