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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Providing a Relational Framework

January 10, 2017

MiSPP is pleased to offer workshops that highlight the professional interests of our faculty and offer MCBAP approved Continuing Education (CE) credits.  Melissa Farrell, PsyD, will present “A First Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Training” workshop on Friday, January 20 from 1PM to 4:30 PM. While in graduate school I chose to study within Existential and Humanistic… Read More



Reflections from President Blau: A Season for Inner Life

January 3, 2017

Our monthly blog feature from MiSPP President, Dr. Diane Blau, discussing what’s on her mind and in her heart regarding MiSPP and the field of professional psychology.  With the New Year comes hope and promise.  A new start, clean slate, fresh opportunities.  We breathe in the crisp winter air and ready ourselves for the season… Read More



Life After MiSPP: Troy Piwowarski

December 20, 2016

MiSPP strives to connect with alumni to find out more about the work that fulfills their passion for clinical psychology.  “Life After MiSPP” is our feature column that highlights the career journey of our grads. Name: Troy Piwowarski, PsyD, LP (Class of 2014) Job Title: Clinical Training Coordinator, Existential-Humanistic Institute Describe your work in clinical… Read More



Reflections from President Blau: Centering

December 6, 2016

Our monthly blog feature from MiSPP President, Dr. Diane Blau, discussing what’s on her mind and in her heart regarding MiSPP and the field of professional psychology.  The month of December at MiSPP arrives with anticipation. Only a few more weeks of classes and the first semester is over. Days ahead devoid of assigned reading,… Read More



Mindfulness: How We Create Our Suffering and How We Begin to Let Go

November 15, 2016

“Mindfulness helps us see how we create our own suffering,” I told a group of meditation students.  I had said this so many times in the past that until one of my students raised her hand and queried, “I don’t understand. What do you mean that ‘mindfulness helps you see how you create your suffering’?”… Read More



Empathy First

“School staff today are under enormous pressure to show progress for every student every year. Yet they are in a bind. One disruptive child can effectively derail an entire lesson.” An article[i] tweeted from the Child Mind Institute offers strategies for teachers to cope with students who may have mental health challenges.  The article itself… Read More



Student Reflection: First Days at MiSPP

November 7, 2016

Having been in school for my undergrad, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what the school environment was like from a student’s perspective.  MiSPP blew that out of the water.  My first experience was at the Open House.  I have worked in a paramilitary type of organization since my youth and feel… Read More



Reflections from President Blau: Holding Hope

November 1, 2016

Our monthly blog feature from MiSPP President, Dr. Diane Blau, discussing what’s on her mind and in her heart regarding MiSPP and the field of professional psychology.  There would be several areas to explore this month if the election was not the major topic of conversations, TV news reports, internet interruptions and twitter feeds.  While… Read More



DIA @ MiSPP: Visual Thinking Strategies

October 25, 2016

On September 29, MiSPP was pleased to host Rebekka Parker of the DIA for a workshop on how to use Visual Thinking Strategies in clinical psychology. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Michigan School for Professional Psychology (MiSPP) and share some of the work we do in the Education Programs… Read More



Faculty Spotlight: Stacey Grindling

October 18, 2016

Stacey Grindling, PsyD, teaches in the doctoral program at MiSPP. What attracted you to teaching at MiSPP? I graduated from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology; however, I had never known that there was a Michigan School of Professional Psychology! So once I moved back to Michigan after living in Chicago for the last nine… Read More