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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



Life After MiSPP: Melissa Saren

July 26, 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: Melissa J. Saren, TLLP (MA Class of 2015) Job Title: Staff Psychologist (MA level) for Family Medical Center (FMC)… Read More



End of Year Message from Dr. Blau

July 14, 2016

Dear Students, “Always leave them wanting more” is a famous adage in entertainment, and while entertainment is not our goal, it does fit for learning too. The desire to know more is a key motivator for ongoing professional development. Soon you will have completed the 2015-2016 academic year.  I hope this year contained many such… Read More



Beyond the Education: Paying It Forward

July 12, 2016

When I agreed to write about why I volunteer at MiSPP, I didn’t think that it would be this hard to do, but, I’m really finding it difficult to put my feelings into words so that I can explain why. If I had to start somewhere, it would be with one of my favorite quotes,… Read More



Reflections from President Blau: Moving Forward

June 27, 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 is somewhat bittersweet to compose a message for the month of July. MiSPP’s approaching graduation calls for celebration yet vivid mages of the Orlando tragedy are not… Read More



Student scholarship recipients 2015/16

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. This academic year Kat Lewitzke, fourth year PsyD student, was awarded the Jill Benton Humanistic Psychology Scholarship (JBHPS),… Read More



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



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