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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

How Pinterest Can Help Your Practice

September 23, 2014

Pinterest? Help in therapy? Assist my business? And you thought it was just for amassing ideas for craft projects and menu items that you probably won’t ever actually attempt. Nope. Pinterest does have tons of ideas of crafting, hobbies, and homemaking, but it is also much more. I like to think of it as a… Read More


September 3, 2014

Welcome to the Michigan School of Professional Psychology! We have been eagerly preparing for your arrival. To students new to MiSPP, you are about to enter a significant academic endeavor, one that promises to promote personal and professional growth. To those returning, dynamic learning opportunities await. All of you enter a community of like-minded learners… Read More

Making a Professional First Impression via Email: Tips for Prospective Graduate Students

August 28, 2014

As a member of the Admissions Committee for MiSPP’s Master’s in Clinical Psychology program, a large part of my job is assessing professionalism and readiness for entry into a graduate-level program. For me, this assessment begins much earlier than the face-to-face interview. It begins as soon as I receive an initial communication from a prospective… Read More

Effective Therapy

August 20, 2014

How effective is therapy? What makes therapy more effective? And, what evidence bears on answering these questions? Key findings from a series of recent meta-analyses, statistical procedures that combine the results of many studies and are viewed as the strongest basis for drawing scientific conclusions, have yielded the following, often surprising findings: Much of the… Read More

Congrats 2014 MA Grads!

August 19, 2014

Congratulations 2014 MA graduates! Meagan C. Ahlijian Ciera C. Bies Matthew Anthony Bitonti Erin Rebecca Brandt Nicholas David Capaul Brenann E. Couturier Evisa Maksim Cuko Brittany Marie DeFrain Sarah Elizabeth DuVall Elizabeth Rosemary Frederick Judith Ann Gilbert Laura Michelle Gilboe Janis Glotkowski Benita Paulette Jackson Meghan Jo Jansen Kevin Patrick Johnson Lisa Eve Kaffenberger Lynda… Read More

Congrats 2014 PsyD Grads!

Congratulations to all of our 2014 PsyD graduates! Read about their dissertation research below. Dissertations will be available to students, faculty, and staff in the ProQuest database this fall. Lena Agree The Experience of Being in a Long Term, Monogamous, Heterosexual Relationship That Regularly Incorporates BDSM This study examined the question, What is the experience… Read More

Online therapy: Where we are and where we need to go

August 18, 2014

The following post is the abstract from a poster presentation at the 122nd annual Convention of the American Psychological Association presented by MiSPP Core Faculty member Dustin K. Shepler, PhD and MiSPP doctoral students: Melanie Ho, Priscilla Zoma, and Jessica Dluzynski.                 Title: Online therapy: Where we are… Read More

Psychology Career Motivation: Were You a Parentified Child?

August 6, 2014

  parentify \ parentification \ vb: A distortion of the parent/children relationship, where the child is made responsible for caretaking of parents or primary caregivers. Can be: 1) instrumental – child completes concrete functions to support of family (i.e., grocery shopping, paying bills); or 2) expressive – child attempts to fill family’s socio-emotional needs (i.e.,… Read More