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Acceptance Is The New Change

March 11, 2016

Moments of genuine self-awareness rarely emerge spontaneously from the void.  It is only through our interactions with others that we can ever see ourselves, however obscurely.  This is one reason why therapy is so effective.   Over time, the opportunity for change is created as a therapist helps her client become aware of a dysfunctional habit… Read More

Psychology, Ethics, and the Law

March 8, 2016

The presentation on psychology, ethics, and the law will focus on the exploration of the numerous events in our clinical practice which can create ethical conundrums, moments requiring a pause to analyze the ethical standard that may apply, as well as the corresponding statue or administrative rule which may also be relevant to an informed… Read More

Reflections from President Blau: The March Newsletter

March 1, 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 communicating with others, playing it safe means avoidance of topics relating to religion and politics.  It is these two topics that have the most potential for increased… Read More

The Metro Detroit Association of Black Psychologists: A History and Personal Legacy

February 16, 2016

February is the shortest month of the year and is not the only time I celebrate Black Herstory/History. Personally, I believe that every day of the year is worth observing the multiple contributions of people of African descent who were brought to America against their will. I am a descendant of enslaved Africans and realize… Read More

Treating Trauma-related Mental Health Disorders with Cognitive Process Therapy

February 15, 2016

On February 26th I will be presenting a workshop on using cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for the treatment of PTSD. CPT is a manualized 12-session therapy approach that combines exposure therapy with cognitive behavioral therapy. It is classified as an evidence-based therapy because of the extensive research trials that have been conducted and published, indicating… Read More

Humanizing Psychoanalysis III: Conference Recap

February 9, 2016

On Saturday, January 30, 2016, I attended The Integrative Psychoanalytic Society Conference, “Humanizing Psychoanalysis III.” I delivered a presentation on heuristic research and social anxiety. I found the conference to be an enriching experience, both professionally and personally. The atmosphere of the conference held warmth and congeniality as attendees provided feedback and support to the… Read More

Reflections From President Blau: The Therapeutic Frame

January 28, 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. Imagine a favorite painting, the lines, colors, and textures within, and how it all comes together in an impressive gestalt. Everything within the frame of the painting is… Read More

Imposter Syndrome: Who let me post this?

January 26, 2016

Only at MiSPP does this happen. I’m in a class in the MA program, and Dr. King asks that we pair up and take turns following each other around, repeating out loud in a cycle our personal greatest fear.  Here’s mine: “You don’t belong here.” It was a strangely calming experience, probably because it is… Read More

Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Renee Allen

Dr. Reneé Allen is a new member of the adjunct faculty at MiSPP. She is currently teaching Psyc 524 Intelligence and Achievement Testing in the MA program and Psyc 630 Multicultural Psychology and Social Justice in the PsyD program. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and in my late… Read More

Preparing for Field Placement Interviews: 8 Study Tips

January 8, 2016

There is no question that the applicant process for field placement is a grueling one: applicants must often research a site, make contact, complete an application, send a cover letter and vita, acquire letters of recommendation and attend an in-person interview. The competition for slots can make this process far more stressful. Before I earned… Read More