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The Seasonal Psychologist: On Mabon

September 19, 2017

The Seasonal Psychologist is a year-long series by Pagan Psychologist Betz King.  Each piece corresponds to one of the 8 Pagan Sabbats, or holidays, while exploring ways to use the symbolism of the season for personal growth and in clinical practice. I conceptualize both my personal development, and that of my clients, within the framework… Read More



Memo to Students: Make the most of it.

September 6, 2017

To: My Current and Future Students and Supervisees From: Dr. Gaines Re: A Better Learning Experience I got an idea to write a memo to my future students about my hopes for the new semester from an article in Faculty Focus. I used the article as a template for what I decided to share here…. Read More



Reflections from President Blau: Beginning Again

August 31, 2017

Our monthly blog feature from Dr. Diane Blau, President of The Michigan School, discussing what’s on her mind and in her heart regarding The Michigan School and the field of professional psychology.  Every Labor Day, I notice the presence of a familiar restlessness. It feels like the anxiety and excitement that I experienced on returning… Read More



Now What?: “I need a break from our friendship.”

August 28, 2017

Now What? is a new blog series designed to address specific issues related to coping with life’s challenges. I recently had the experience of asking a close friend for a break.  Like a lot of relationships, this ending happened suddenly (via text in a grocery store), but really had been imminent for some time. Plenty… Read More



PsyD Grads & Dissertation Topics 2017

August 11, 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 PsyD graduates!  Dissertations will soon be available on ProQuest for students, faculty, and staff. Roxanne Christensen Transcending the Gates of Evin: Iranian Political Prisoners’ Experience of Survival     Nicole Czech The Woman’s Experience of Being Raised by a Dieting Mother     Amanda Sternitzky Gurny The Single Mother’s Experience of… Read More



Faculty Spotlight: Michelle Wheeler

August 10, 2017

Students know Michelle Wheeler from her dedicated service as Head Academic Librarian at MiSPP.  This fall, she is also teaching a writing class for doctoral students. Where did you grow up? I grew up in south Florida. I visit every winter to visit my parents and soak up the sun. What appealed to you most… Read More



Faculty & Student Research Published

August 8, 2017

MiSPP is committed to supporting our faculty and students in pursuing academic scholarship outside of the classroom.  When faculty and students collaborate, our community grows stronger.           Congratulations to Dustin Shepler, PhD (Core Faculty), Kevin Johnson (PsyD 4), and Alicia Width (PsyD 3) for the recent publication of Risky Sexual Behavior and Knowledge of… Read More



Reflections from President Blau: Reflecting

July 25, 2017

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.  Just one year ago, the Michigan School of Professional Psychology (MiSPP) received accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA) for its doctoral program, became the only accredited PsyD program in… Read More



Outstanding Alumni Service Award: Paula Whitman, PsyD, LLP

July 20, 2017

The Outstanding Alumni Service Award was established to honor alumni who have made significant personal contributions in their local community through dedication and service to others.  This award recognizes alumni who promote and demonstrate the humanistic values that sit at the core of MiSPP training in clinical psychology.  This year’s recipient, Paula Whitman, PsyD, LLP… Read More



Now What?: “Your child is obese.”

July 10, 2017

Now What? is a new blog series designed to address specific issues related to coping with life’s challenges. Recently, two close friends separately confided in me that one of her children had been labeled “obese” by the family GP.  Both friends were worried, if not totally surprised by the news.  And both seemed highly ambivalent… Read More