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Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Ryan Blackstock

February 24, 2015

Dr. Blackstock is a Core Faculty member in the master’s program. He has been teaching at MiSPP since 2010. For more on Dr. Blackstock click here. Hometown Houston, Texas Favorite book (non-academic) If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him! by Sheldon Kopp Favorite place to grade papers At work in the lunchroom… Read More



An Unexpected Calling

February 16, 2015

I am a mother, who lost her child to suicide. Yet, as a result of attending MiSPP and earning my doctoral degree, I have been able to rewrite my story of despair into a story of hope. As a licensed psychologist (LP) and certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor (CAADC), I have the knowledge and… Read More



Research and Presentations

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. Lee Bach (Program Director) will be a program reviewer for The California Institute of Integral Studies’ (CIIS)… Read More



Alumni Updates- February 2015

Judy Atkins (PsyD 2011) is now fully licensed in the state of Georgia. “The quality education I received at MiSPP was evident since I passed both exams on the first attempt, which completed my application process for full licensure. The state of Georgia is strict in granting licenses and Michigan School of Professional Psychology met… Read More



Congrats to Our Current Student Scholarship Recipients!

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 Megan Meade-Higgins, third year PsyD student, was… Read More



Retirement Choices for the New Old

February 11, 2015

After I turned 65 I could not deny that I began to play with the concept of some sort of change in my employment. I could almost feel an internal shift take place as I contemplated the freedom of leisure time– an unexpected gift. At the same time I knew I would be losing a… Read More



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