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Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Diane Blau

February 3, 2015

Dr. Blau is the President of the Michigan School of Professional Psychology (originally the Center for Humanistic Studies Graduate School), which she co-founded in 1980. Prior to becoming its president in 2012, Dr. Blau held multiple academic and administrative roles at the school, including master’s and doctoral faculty, Master’s Program Chair, Accreditation Coordinator, and Dean… Read More



Dialectics of DBT

January 26, 2015

Life is full of dialectics. Some can be very difficult to accept. In my practice, I utilize Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT was designed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder, a diagnosis that many clinicians view as both impossible and undesirable to treat. The key dialectic of DBT is “the need for a client to accept herself as… Read More



If I Could Only Remember….?

January 20, 2015

I recently revisited an article for The New Yorker written by Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author, entitled “Face-Blind.” Initially, the article explores a condition suffered by Dr. Sacks known as “prosopagnosia”; the inability to recognize faces and places. Dr. Sacks initially discusses the importance of facial recognition to the human experience. “Our emotions, the open… Read More



Controversies in Mental Health Diagnosis

January 13, 2015

Controversies in Mental Health Diagnosis: The Future and Beyond Or “You Don’t Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows”* *(B. Dylan, 1965)  Current Status of Confusion                                                           Mental health providers are struggling with the changes in how to diagnosis a client’s psychopathology. The American Psychiatric Association introduced the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of… Read More



MiSPP Spirit Wear

MiSPP spirit wear is now available! There are many color options (Not just what you see on the photo) and sizes available from small to 3X. Colors and sizes vary by style. Contact Amanda Ming or Natalya Hansen for info or to purchase, 248.476.1122.



Happy Whew-Year!

January 7, 2015

Now that it’s over, I am coming out of the Christmas closet and proclaiming that I am not a fan of the, euphemistically called, “holidays”. “Holiday” implies fun and relaxation, and I rarely experience either between Thanksgiving and Jan 2nd. I am consequently not only not “happy,” I am usually more tired and stressed than any other time of… Read More



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

December 28, 2014

It’s that time of year when we start thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. In case you missed it last year, we are re-posting Dr. Jill Castro’s blog so you know what kinds of resolutions are likely succeed. It’s that time of year again: a clean slate, a fresh start, tabula rasa. The time of… Read More



The Season of Rituals

December 22, 2014

The season of rituals has begun, and will carry us into the new calendar year. From the Latin rītuālis, rite or ceremony, rituals have been present since the beginning of time and across all cultures as an integral part of religious, spiritual, political, social, and family life. Rituals help us to embody symbolic expressions of… Read More



MiSPP at HAVEN’s 28th Annual Gift-Giveaway

December 15, 2014

HAVEN is Oakland County’s only comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  The organization provides shelter, counseling, advocacy, and educational programming to nearly 30,000 people every year.  Each winter, HAVEN facilitates a large-scale gift giveaway for individuals who received their services during the past year.  Each person is able to select special… Read More



Psi Chi Approves MiSPP Chapter

December 10, 2014

Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, is proud to announce the addition of a chapter of Psi Chi at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology! The Michigan School of Professional Psychology was granted a Psi Chi charter on November 20, 2014. The charter members are currently planning the first induction, which will be… Read More