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Staff Profile: Carrie Hauser

September 27, 2016

MiSPP is pleased to welcome Carrie Hauser, our new Coordinator of Admissions & Student Engagement.   Give us a snapshot of your professional/academic background: I started my career in Higher Education at Eastern Michigan University getting my Bachelors in Children’s Literature and Theater. I directly moved to Indiana State University to gain my Masters in Student… Read More



Do the work so you know what it looks like

September 13, 2016

“You look miserable.” Dr. Blackstock smiles at me as I walk into his afternoon class.  I think I may have glared at him.  And he kept on smiling cheerfully and looking at me with his trademark “I accept you unconditionally” look.  You get a lot of that at MiSPP.  The professors here go beyond the… Read More



Student Reflection: Research collaboration using qualitative analysis

September 6, 2016

Over the past few years I have had the remarkable opportunity to work with an excellent team of practitioners, scholars, and researchers toward the publication of “Surviving Sudden Cardiac Arrest: A Pilot Qualitative Survey Study of Survivors” in the Journal of Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management. This collaboration between me, Dr. Kelly Sawyer from the… Read More



Reflections from President Blau: Beginning Yet Again

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.  This week begins the 2016-17 academic year. As always there are several days of orientation for new students and those returning for the doctoral program.  All are beginning… Read More



Reflection: The experience of being a first year doctoral student at MiSPP

August 24, 2016

Being a first year doctoral student at MiSPP provided me with significant personal and professional growth that I never anticipated. The first day of class was anxiety provoking as it was saturated with anticipation of how the program worked and who would be a part of my incoming class.  As though our anxiety was not… Read More



My Reflections on Diversity Perspectives

August 16, 2016

It’s been quite a year. In fact, the past few years have been eye-opening for most of America. For me, and for other African Americans, unfortunately, it’s been business as usual. America has not always been fair and kind to people of color and those who are LGBTs and gender nonconforming. There is plenty to… Read More



Life After MiSPP: Bridget Bienz

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: Bridget Bienz, TLLP (MA Class of 2015) Job Title: Therapist for Professional Psychological & Psychiatric Services (PPPS) Describe your… Read More



Thoughts on APA Accreditation

A small constellation of students from various universities across the country came to the Merrill Palmer Institute (MPI) in 1970 for a year of study with Clark Moustakas and Cereta Perry in new program entitled “Enhancing Human Potentials”(EHP). The seeds planted in EHP have since evolved into The Michigan School of Professional Psychology (MiSPP), referred… Read More



Presence Alone: Learning the basics over and over

August 8, 2016

One thing I didn’t consider about my new career as a psychologist was how precious my client facing hours would become.  All through my training at MiSPP, we discussed and labored over how to be with our clients: how to listen and really hear, how to use nonverbal cues to learn even more, how to challenge and… Read More



Reflections from President Blau: Our calling in response to terror

July 29, 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.  It seems that news of another shooting with numerous injuries and multiple deaths constantly blares out at us. Whether by bomb, knife, or gun, there seems to be… Read More