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Alumni Newsletter- February 2014

February 27, 2014

  Message From the President Do you know that there are over 1200 alumni that have graduated from our programs?  It is remarkable to realize that so many professionals have emerged from this unique institution, grounded in humanistic and existential tenets and qualitative research paradigms. I wonder if your experience here was meaningful. I wonder… Read More



Important EPPP Reminders for Alums

February 24, 2014

**All 2009 PsyD grads must take and pass the EPPP exam before July 31, 2014** Implications of DSM-V Publication on EPPP Content: All questions on the EPPP through July 31, 2014 related to the DSM will refer to the DSM-IV.  **Beginning August 1, 2014, all DSM items on the EPPP will refer to the DSM-V. Exam administrations through… Read More



Eating Disorders: Lesser Known Signs and Symptoms

February 21, 2014

Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa can cause serious damage to the body.  Dangers include malnutrition, dehydration, vitamin deficiency, electrolyte imbalance and significant risk for heart attack.  Frequent purging can cause tears in the esophagus or gastrointestinal tract which can result in death.  These are only a few examples of the havoc… Read More



Monthly Case Conference Event

February 20, 2014

The MiSPP Alumni Association sponsors a monthly Case Conferencing evening for practicing professionals. We provide an opportunity for clinicians to seek ideas, insights, and perspectives on difficult, complex, or otherwise challenging cases with a cadre of experienced colleagues. The case conference format is an informal round table discussion, moderated by Dr. Don McMillan. You do… Read More



Alumni Updates

February 18, 2014

LaSonia Barlow (PsyD 2013) is working as a psychotherapist, certified forensic consultant, licensed professional counselor, a registered addiction counselor, and a crisis care psychological first aid provider. She is also certified for Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and is currently pursuing a post doctorate degree in psychopharmacology. Dr. Barlow has recently signed on as the… Read More



We Shall Overcome

African American History month has been celebrated since 1976.  I recall February being my favorite month in grade school because I learned about Frederick Douglas, Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Martin Luther King Jr.  I never tired learning about them every year. Mr. Douglas escaped slavery and went on to become the leader… Read More



Research Update

February 13, 2014

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

February 10, 2014

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

February 5, 2014

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

February 3, 2014

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