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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

A Year of Yoga—A Year of Trauma Recovery

July 17, 2014

This story originally appeared in the Spring 2014 edition of Yoga Therapy Today which is published by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. This is the story of Anna, who has taught me much about yoga and healing. She is a survivor of long-term, childhood, complex trauma. I worked with Anna in a large public… Read More

“Love Hormone” May Help Persons with Autism in the Future

July 9, 2014

Early research on the hormone (neuromodulator) oxytocin (also known as the “love hormone”) suggests nasal spray administration of the hormone may play a role in future treatment of persons with mild to moderate Autism Spectrum Disorder. Oxytocin is associated with emotional bonding, empathy and attachment. It is naturally released during childbirth, lactation, touching and sexual… Read More

A Day in the Life of a Therapy Dog

July 2, 2014

Argyle (not her real name) starts her day with breakfast because it’s the most important meal of the day. Then she has a quick game of fetch, to get rid of some of the energy she’s stored up while sleeping. When she sees her human companion take out her therapy dog vest and special collar,… Read More

Understanding the Other

June 30, 2014

One of the major skills of highly effective people is the developed capacity to understand others to whom you are relating. Whether it be as a student, clinician, or professional, your drive to success will be affected by this capacity. What do I mean by the capacity to understand others? It is not just treating… Read More

On Parenting: Child, Adolescent, Adult, Wife, Parent, Mother, Grandmother

June 18, 2014

Although the advice has changed dramatically, there have always been a multitude of books on proper parenting. Topics have ranged from how to be the best mother or father to raising the most brilliant, compassionate, ideal child. Even with all of the available guidance, frustrated parents* still voice a common sentiment: “There is no manual… Read More

Review of “The Reckoning: the father of the Sandy Hook Killer Searches for Answers”

June 12, 2014

Two of my passions were recently united through an article in The New Yorker (March 17, 2014) called “The Reckoning: The Father of the Sandy Hook Killer Searches for Answers.” The article included an interview with the father of Adam Lanza, the young man who went on a horrific killing spree at Sandy Hook Elementary… Read More

Important EPPP Reminders

June 10, 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

Job Alerts

Did you know that MiSPP is often contacted by local mental health agencies with employment opportunities? The word is out! MiSPP alums make fantastic clinicians. Local employers want you! Don’t miss out! Join us on social media so you won’t miss any job postings.   Current Positions Available   Post by Michigan School of Professional… Read More

Alumni Updates

Kari Hughes (MA 2003) started a fair trade company called Buy the Change in 2011. The company sells fairly traded, women-made products with a focus on creating economic opportunity for women in the developing world. Carol VanDyke (PsyD 2007) is the psychologist in residence for Fox 2 and WDIV News stations. Dr. VanDyke provides psychotherapy,… Read More