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Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Dustin Shepler

November 17, 2014

Dr. Dustin Shepler joined the Michigan School of Professional Psychology as a Core Faculty member in 2012.  He teaches in both the MA and PsyD programs. For more on Dr. Shepler click here. Hometown: Bluffton, Ohio Favorite book (non-academic): Catcher in the Rye; Atlas Shrugged Favorite place to grade papers: My backyard when it’s warm and… Read More

Qualitative Gaming

November 12, 2014

  One of the discussions I have with the students in the Masters Program each year is about the nature of quantitative and qualitative research. These are two very different ways of interpreting our experiences. The quantitative method relies on data, numbers, predictability and outcome. The qualitative models rely not only on observation, but reflection,… Read More

The Good Therapist

November 7, 2014

  How effective are therapists? The average therapist is twice as effective as antidepressants in the treatment of depression and is successful in about 70% of all cases no matter what the diagnosis. This is roughly equivalent to the success rate of most common medical treatments. Some therapists are better than average. In one large… Read More

Don’t Look Away; You Could Miss a lot in 9 Seconds

October 29, 2014

I went to an ER twice in a short span of time, during which I had three kind nurses stand with their mobile laptops and proceed to ask, “Are you safe in the place you are living?” This is the domestic violence screening question. I watched curiously as two inquired without even looking up from… Read More

Breast Cancer and Social Media

October 21, 2014

In American society, where great value is attached to women’s breasts and their size, a woman with disfigured breasts, one breast instead of two or a woman with none at all, may feel ashamed of her body. For a woman whose self-concept and gender identity is influenced by her relationship with her body, which initially… Read More

Alumni Updates

October 14, 2014

Angela Celeste May (MA 1994) published a book in 2009 based on her thesis research called Freedom: What Is The Experience of Living Without Negative, Self-Imposed Limitations? This October she is conducting a five week series on “Five Steps to Freedom: Tools to Unlock Your Full Potential” at the Southfield Campus of Oakland Community College…. Read More

October is National Bullying Prevention Month: Consider This

On the heels of National Coming Out Day and in the midst of National Bullying Prevention Month, I ask you to imagine you’re 15 years old–an age where the single most important thing in your life is to fit in.   But you know you’re different. You have no romantic interest in the opposite sex. Instead,… Read More

2014-2015 Cereta Perry Scholarship Recipients

October 10, 2014

The Cereta Perry Scholarship (CPS) honors Cereta Perry, PhD, co-founder of CHS/MiSPP, and her contributions to both alumni and diversity. Dr. Perry was known for her relationships with students, many of which were sustained as they became alumni. Although she formally retired from CHS in 1998, she remained an advocate of MiSPP and its mission… Read More

Coming Out in a Social Media World

October 8, 2014

In recognition of National Coming Out Day (NCOD) on Saturday, October 11, 2014, we are re-posting Dr. Dustin Shepler’s  blog from last year. National Coming Out Day (NCOD) commemorates the second March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights (for more history).  As October 11th (NCOD) approaches, I find myself thinking about my own coming… Read More

You Didn’t Get Dumber, You Just Went to Grad School

October 1, 2014

As we begin the second month of the semester here at MiSPP, and as I get to know my new PsyD advisees better, I am reminded of the beginning of my own educational journey. Or, perhaps I should say “beginnings,” as there have been a few! I am reminded of what it feels like to… Read More