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Research Update

At MiSPP, research is encouraged for both students and faculty. The research involved may be independent or as part of a team and may result in publication or presentation. The following activities are currently underway at MiSPP: Dr. Dustin Shepler (Core Faculty), Priscilla Zoma (PsyD I), Melanie Ho (PsyD I), and Chris Bober (PsyD I)… Read More

Yoga for the Emotional Body

The wisdom of yogic practices can help you design a healing program to manage your mood.  Through the practice of pranayama (breathing) exercises, asanas (postures), and mantras (vocal vibrations), you can learn practices to calm and relax an anxious mood and practices to energize and elevate a depressed mood.  Contemporary medical and psychological research affirms… Read More

Current Student Scholarship Awardees

MiSPP is committed to contributing annually to assist in student scholarships and aid. Scholarship and financial assistance funding is supported by gifts from alumni, family, and friends. Generally, funds are disbursed in the form of tuition credit. Scholarships for continuing students are awarded in November. This academic year Derrick Sebree, second year PsyD student, was… Read More

Alumni Networking & Business Card Exchange

As clinicians, we quite often expend all our energy on developing clinical skills and fashioning an empathetic and compassionate relationship with our clients, while paying very little attention to developing the knowledge and skills required for a financially successful practice. On January 24, 2014 twenty-six MiSPP alumni and students gathered for an evening of networking… Read More

Five New Year’s Resolutions You Shouldn’t Make This Year

It’s that time of year again: a clean slate, a fresh start, tabula rasa. The time of year when we’re most motivated to kick our goals into high gear, shed our poor habits and usher in the best versions of ourselves. We resolve that this year will be different. This will be the year that… Read More

Alzheimer’s Disease and Caregiver Recommendations

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and degenerative disorder that affects brain cells, or neurons, in ways that result in loss of memory, compromised intellectual and physical functioning, and changes in mood and behavior.  The most common type of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is not a normal part of the aging process. According to the Alzheimer’s… Read More

Volunteering at the Annual HAVEN Gift Giveaway

There is one holiday invitation I wait for each year. It’s not the gift exchange kind or the cookie baking type of invite. Instead it’s an invitation to help a survivor of domestic abuse or sexual assault to complete her Christmas shopping. December is a busy month and it’s not always easy to find time,… Read More

Holidays and Divorce: Do’s and Don’ts

Several months ago I wrote an article, The Do’s and Don’ts of Helping Children Adjust to a Divorce, for BCBSM to include in Metro Parent and various other publications. Now that it is December, I’d like to revisit the article and apply the information in the context of co-parenting during the holiday season … and… Read More

KICK – The Agency for LGBT African Americans Second Annual Health & Wellness Expo

KICK – The Agency for LGBT African Americans hosted it’s second annual Health & Wellness Expo on Saturday, November 16 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at KICK – The Center in Detroit, Michigan. The free health & wellness expo focused specifically on important health concerns for the African American community, such as HIV/AIDS, mental… Read More

Children and Pet Loss: A Very Special Grief

Pets are our children’s companions, playmates, exercise motivators, and a means by which children learn responsibility and experience a source of comfort when no words are needed. The love of a pet is an initial foundation for the child’s experience of unconditional, unselfish love. Grieving the loss of a pet is painful for children and… Read More