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Student Reflection: Ecotherapy Group

June 22, 2016

During my time spent in graduate school at MiSPP, I have been exposed to a plethora of therapeutic modalities in my training. I began to find myself drawn to the discipline of ecopsychology, an approach that views the human relationship with the natural world as an essential component to our holistic health. I found this… Read More



Life After MiSPP: Lisa Kaffenberger

June 13, 2016

MiSPP strives to connect with alumni to find out more about the work that fulfills their passion for clinical psychology.  “Life After MiSPP” is our new column that highlights the career journey of our grads. Name: Lisa Kaffenberger, LLP (MA Class of 2014) Job Titles: Early Learning Support Specialist Mentor (Head Start, Kent County) & Psychotherapist/Clinician… Read More



Working with Transgender Clients: Considerations for Psychological Testing and Assessment

Psychological assessment is an important component of clinical psychology. It allows for a greater understanding of an individual in various ways including socio-emotional functioning, cognitive and neurological processes, and/or adaptive skill, among others. Psychologists incorporate and execute a combination of methods to reach a hypothesis about a person.  Tests can be standardized and norm-referenced for… Read More



Taking Elliot on the Road

June 7, 2016

I recently spent several days at the Living Games conference in Austin, Texas. In getting oriented to Austin, I discovered that one of its slogans was “Keep Austin Weird.”  And I found that to be a little bit of a relief, as it completely explained why my 3.5 hour presentation on personality disorders began at… Read More



Reflections from President Blau: A Message From Nature

May 26, 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.  In the past weeks I have noticed significant change in the trees around MiSPP. Lush green leaves reside where once there was a profusion of blossoms. It seems… Read More



Life After MiSPP: Leslie Salmen

May 24, 2016

MiSPP strives to connect with alumni to find out more about the work that fulfills their passion for clinical psychology.  “Life After MiSPP” is our new column that highlights the career journey of our grads. Name: Leslie Ann Salmen, TLLP, working toward CAADC (MA Class of 2014) Job Titles: Therapist-II (Access Manager) (Macomb County Community… Read More



Life After MiSPP: Elisabeth Smith

May 17, 2016

MiSPP strives to connect with alumni to find out more about the work that fulfills their passion for clinical psychology.  We are starting a new feature column that will highlight grads to get all the details. Name: Elisabeth J. Smith, MA, TLLP, CTP (MA Class of 2015) Job Titles: Outpatient Mental Health Therapist and School… Read More



Student Profile: Megan Meade-Higgins

Megan Meade-Higgins, PsyS, LMSW, MSW, a fourth year doctoral student at MiSPP, was recently selected to complete a two year post-doc fellowship through the Consortium for Advanced Psychology Training. Megan currently works as a practicing psychotherapist at Eastwood Clinics in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, serving a diverse population with a variety of mental health issues. … Read More



Faculty Booksigning: Franklin Sollars

May 11, 2016

Franklin Sollars, PhD, is part of the MiSPP Adjunct Faculty and the author of “Love Outraged and the Liberation of the Core Self,”a guidebook for a unique depth psychological approach to spiritual and emotional growth. MiSPP is pleased to host a book signing event on Saturday, May 21, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM on campus… Read More



De-stigmatizing Mental Illness: When cause becomes important

May 9, 2016

An article in Psychology Today[i] raised a dilemma that I have been thinking about for many years. The article asserts that all mental illness is a product of physical brain dysfunction.  For those disorders for which we cannot currently find said dysfunction (they list: “depression, bipolar, schizophrenia”), it is only a matter of time and… Read More