From the Desk of the President
Along with beautiful fall weather and the radiant color of leaves, school has started off well. 161 masters and doctoral students are engaged in the MiSPP community of learners, along with 25 faculty and 16 support personnel.
Donations, so generously provided by you, make a significant difference in this community. Students have an ideal environment in which to learn as well as a wealth of resources to draw upon.
Our renovated library contains increased space for 2 full and 2 part-time librarians who serve student and faculty needs. Many of you may recall when one staff person covered all library needs. It is thanks, in a great part, to annual donations, that we have been able to increase services, provide suitable space, and acquire ample resources.
We continue to seek accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA) and will apply for designation from the National Register in January, 2014. While we have had regional accreditation (North Central Association/Higher Learning Commission) since our beginnings, national accreditation has become more and more essential.
These endeavors require an investment of time and energy as well as the necessary funds to support institutional growth and change. I am hoping I can count on you to assist us in realizing our potential. We want to continue to provide a climate where practice and scholarship are entwined and excellence prevails.
Diane Blau, PhD
What’s New at MiSPP Because of Your Support?
Launched in April, the new website has provided us with a fresh look to better showcase what is great about MiSPP. We have been able to develop an active blog featuring posts authored by members of our MiSPP community on various topics of interest. We’ve also expanded our outreach and connection to current students and alums by becoming more active in social media, including Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
The new website has also allowed us to offer new services to students including a online admissions application, online payments through the website, and interactive calendar of events.
Moodle is a popular tool with educators because it allows them to create dynamic online course pages for their students. Launched in September at MiSPP, Moodle has enhanced our current students’ learning experience by providing a uniform platform to host their course content.
Adopting Moodle has also allowed us to offer the two courses in the 2013-2014 year in a blended format. Blended learning is a combination of the traditional face-to-face classroom experience enhanced by online learning activities that the student does on their own time. MiSPP is offering PSYC 620 Cognitive & Affective Bases of Behavior in January 2014 in the blended format to students in their second year of the PsyD program. PSYC 536 Personal and Professional Transitions will be taught to the full time masters students in April 2014.
Moustakas Johnson Library Renovation
Circulation space in the library was expanded to provide larger office space for the library staff that will allow them to better serve students and faculty.
MiSPP’s Speakers Bureau
The Speakers Bureau has connected with numerous community organizations, including Lawrence Technical Institute, Volunteers of America, Farmington Public Library, Dorsey Schools and Farmington Hills Public Schools, to provide MiSPP experts in the field to speak on relevant topics to those organizations.
A part-time grant writer has been hired to explore future funding sources.
Through your generous gifts, in many different forms, we are able offer the following events
September – December
Farmington Community Library
October 16th- 7:00 pm
Dr. Laura Hutchinson presents:
“Simple Ways to Improve Your Relationship with Your Children: Keeping the P.E.A.C.E.”
Monthly Clinical Case Conference
Facilitated by Don McMillan, PsyD
Dr. Kathryn Zerbe, psychiatrist and author of The Body Betrayed
Published articles include: eating disorders, women’s health, and
creativity and professional Development
March 19, 2014
AATBS 4-Day Live EPPP Workshop
April 17 -20, 2014
2nd Annual Clark Moustakas Lecture Series
Friday, May 30th
We Continue to Expand Our Role in the Community
We are establishing new partnerships and aligning MiSPP with community organizations, such as the Farmington Hills After School Program, the Xemplar Club, Call To Action Coalition, and the Farmington Hills Chamber of Commerce – Women in Business Group. MiSPP is committed to continuing our community services projects such as our annual HAVEN Gift Give Away Event and Gleaners Food Drive. These groups, organizations, and events offer an opportunity for MiSPP to provide research, psychoeducation and clinical expertise to individuals and families in our community.
Your Gifts Help Us To Help Others
What’s Next for MiSPP?
Look out for …
Post Degree Programs
Strategic Planning Outcome
Report of Online Initiative
Help us to meet the mental health needs of our community