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“Love Hormone” May Help Persons with Autism in the Future

July 9, 2014

Early research on the hormone (neuromodulator) oxytocin (also known as the “love hormone”) suggests nasal spray administration of the hormone may play a role in future treatment of persons with mild to moderate Autism Spectrum Disorder. Oxytocin is associated with emotional bonding, empathy and attachment. It is naturally released during childbirth, lactation, touching and sexual… Read More



A Day in the Life of a Therapy Dog

July 2, 2014

Argyle (not her real name) starts her day with breakfast because it’s the most important meal of the day. Then she has a quick game of fetch, to get rid of some of the energy she’s stored up while sleeping. When she sees her human companion take out her therapy dog vest and special collar,… Read More



Understanding the Other

June 30, 2014

One of the major skills of highly effective people is the developed capacity to understand others to whom you are relating. Whether it be as a student, clinician, or professional, your drive to success will be affected by this capacity. What do I mean by the capacity to understand others? It is not just treating… Read More



On Parenting: Child, Adolescent, Adult, Wife, Parent, Mother, Grandmother

June 18, 2014

Although the advice has changed dramatically, there have always been a multitude of books on proper parenting. Topics have ranged from how to be the best mother or father to raising the most brilliant, compassionate, ideal child. Even with all of the available guidance, frustrated parents* still voice a common sentiment: “There is no manual… Read More



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



Important EPPP Reminders

June 10, 2014

**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



Job Alerts

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



Alumni Updates

Kari Hughes (MA 2003) started a fair trade company called Buy the Change in 2011. The company sells fairly traded, women-made products with a focus on creating economic opportunity for women in the developing world. Carol VanDyke (PsyD 2007) is the psychologist in residence for Fox 2 and WDIV News stations. Dr. VanDyke provides psychotherapy,… 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