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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



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

January 16, 2014

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

January 13, 2014

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