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Reflection: The experience of being a first year doctoral student at MiSPP

August 24, 2016

Being a first year doctoral student at MiSPP provided me with significant personal and professional growth that I never anticipated. The first day of class was anxiety provoking as it was saturated with anticipation of how the program worked and who would be a part of my incoming class.  As though our anxiety was not… Read More



My Reflections on Diversity Perspectives

August 16, 2016

It’s been quite a year. In fact, the past few years have been eye-opening for most of America. For me, and for other African Americans, unfortunately, it’s been business as usual. America has not always been fair and kind to people of color and those who are LGBTs and gender nonconforming. There is plenty to… Read More



Life After MiSPP: Bridget Bienz

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 new column that highlights the career journey of our grads. Name: Bridget Bienz, TLLP (MA Class of 2015) Job Title: Therapist for Professional Psychological & Psychiatric Services (PPPS) Describe your… Read More



Thoughts on APA Accreditation

A small constellation of students from various universities across the country came to the Merrill Palmer Institute (MPI) in 1970 for a year of study with Clark Moustakas and Cereta Perry in new program entitled “Enhancing Human Potentials”(EHP). The seeds planted in EHP have since evolved into The Michigan School of Professional Psychology (MiSPP), referred… Read More



Presence Alone: Learning the basics over and over

August 8, 2016

One thing I didn’t consider about my new career as a psychologist was how precious my client facing hours would become.  All through my training at MiSPP, we discussed and labored over how to be with our clients: how to listen and really hear, how to use nonverbal cues to learn even more, how to challenge and… Read More



Reflections from President Blau: Our calling in response to terror

July 29, 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.  It seems that news of another shooting with numerous injuries and multiple deaths constantly blares out at us. Whether by bomb, knife, or gun, there seems to be… Read More



Life After MiSPP: Melissa Saren

July 26, 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 new column that highlights the career journey of our grads. Name: Melissa J. Saren, TLLP (MA Class of 2015) Job Title: Staff Psychologist (MA level) for Family Medical Center (FMC)… Read More



End of Year Message from Dr. Blau

July 14, 2016

Dear Students, “Always leave them wanting more” is a famous adage in entertainment, and while entertainment is not our goal, it does fit for learning too. The desire to know more is a key motivator for ongoing professional development. Soon you will have completed the 2015-2016 academic year.  I hope this year contained many such… Read More



Beyond the Education: Paying It Forward

July 12, 2016

When I agreed to write about why I volunteer at MiSPP, I didn’t think that it would be this hard to do, but, I’m really finding it difficult to put my feelings into words so that I can explain why. If I had to start somewhere, it would be with one of my favorite quotes,… Read More



Reflections from President Blau: Moving Forward

June 27, 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.  It is somewhat bittersweet to compose a message for the month of July. MiSPP’s approaching graduation calls for celebration yet vivid mages of the Orlando tragedy are not… Read More