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Making Sense of Violence and Trauma Among Youth

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



Working With Transgendered Clients

In the years that I’ve worked with the transgender community, two words describe what I’ve observed: bravery and loss. Bravery because these are people who are taking steps toward self-actualization and becoming the people that they truly are instead of taking the easy way out and remaining hidden in order to conform to society’s norms…. Read More



Women Psychologists: Yesterday and Today

The following article is a summary of a study published in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology in 2012 titled, “Women Psychologists: Multiple Paths, Similar Yet Distinct Identities.” It was authored by one MiSPP faculty member and five MiSPP students who utilized the Consensual Qualitative Research Model (CQR). The participants were Marjorie Scott, Frances Brown, Karen… Read More



What is Neuroscience and Why Should I Care?

Neuroscientists study the actions of individual neurons and groups of neurons called networks or circuits which drive every activity of humans and animals. Some of the functions they study are: learning and memory, language, attention, emotions, thinking and reasoning, consciousness,  imagination, empathy and attachment, identity formation from a neurobiological level, and movement to name a… Read More



Alumni Newsletter- February 2014

  Message From the President Do you know that there are over 1200 alumni that have graduated from our programs?  It is remarkable to realize that so many professionals have emerged from this unique institution, grounded in humanistic and existential tenets and qualitative research paradigms. I wonder if your experience here was meaningful. I wonder… Read More



Important EPPP Reminders for Alums

**All 2009 PsyD grads must take and pass the EPPP exam before July 31, 2014** Implications of DSM-V Publication on EPPP Content: All questions on the EPPP through July 31, 2014 related to the DSM will refer to the DSM-IV.  **Beginning August 1, 2014, all DSM items on the EPPP will refer to the DSM-V. Exam administrations through… Read More



Eating Disorders: Lesser Known Signs and Symptoms

Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa can cause serious damage to the body.  Dangers include malnutrition, dehydration, vitamin deficiency, electrolyte imbalance and significant risk for heart attack.  Frequent purging can cause tears in the esophagus or gastrointestinal tract which can result in death.  These are only a few examples of the havoc… Read More



Monthly Case Conference Event

The MiSPP Alumni Association sponsors a monthly Case Conferencing evening for practicing professionals. We provide an opportunity for clinicians to seek ideas, insights, and perspectives on difficult, complex, or otherwise challenging cases with a cadre of experienced colleagues. The case conference format is an informal round table discussion, moderated by Dr. Don McMillan. You do… Read More



Alumni Updates

LaSonia Barlow (PsyD 2013) is working as a psychotherapist, certified forensic consultant, licensed professional counselor, a registered addiction counselor, and a crisis care psychological first aid provider. She is also certified for Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and is currently pursuing a post doctorate degree in psychopharmacology. Dr. Barlow has recently signed on as the… Read More



We Shall Overcome

African American History month has been celebrated since 1976.  I recall February being my favorite month in grade school because I learned about Frederick Douglas, Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Martin Luther King Jr.  I never tired learning about them every year. Mr. Douglas escaped slavery and went on to become the leader… Read More