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MA Student Spotlight


Jonathon DePorter

Hometown: Reynolds, Illinois
Program:
MA

Book I would recommend: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Favorite quote: “What, like it’s hard?” – Elle Woods

What would people be surprised to know about you? My family raised sheep when I was growing up and my sister and I would walk them through town on halters like they were dogs.
What is a cause you’re passionate about? Veterans struggling with PTSD and other military specific disabilities. After high school I was prepared to enlist in the Army like the majority of my friends and family had done. Due to unforeseen events, I was unable to join the military and shifted my focus to help veterans through the practice of psychology.
Why did you choose to attend MiSPP? During my visits to other schools, many of the students seemed to only be there to check off a box on their way to their professional careers. MiSPP was the first school I toured where the students seemed excited and interested in the topics they were studying.
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? My goal after completing my master’s degree is to continue my education while conducting research regarding combat PTSD at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
What is your plan for after graduation? Upon completion of my Master’s (and after a quick vacation), I plan on continuing my education in psychology at the doctoral level.


ABA Student Spotlight


Shelby Ockert 
Shelby Ockert

Hometown: Traverse City, MI
Program:
MA with Certificate in ABA

Book I would recommend: Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff

Favorite quote: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

What would people be surprised to know about you? People would be surprised to know that in high school through People to People Sports Ambassador, I went to play soccer in Austria against Sweden, Czech, and Slovakia as an American team.
What is a cause you’re passionate about? The cause I am passionate about is Suicide Prevention and Awareness and also Autism Awareness.
Why did you choose to attend MiSPP? I chose to attend MiSPP because I have always been interested in Humanistic Psychology. Also, I love that MiSPP is such a small campus and that I’ll know my colleagues well as well as the instructors.
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? With my Master’s in Clinical Psychology and a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis, I want to become a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst.
What is your plan for after graduation? My plan for after graduation is staying in the area or lower part of Michigan and looking for a job particularly working with individuals diagnosed with Autism.


PsyD Student Spotlight


Cassidy Slade

Hometown: Goodrich, Michigan
Program:
PsyD

Book I would recommend: Dibs in Search of Self by Virginia Axline (if there is an interest in working with children)

Favorite quote: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

What would people be surprised to know about you? People would be surprised to know that growing up I spent a week each year lobster hunting with my dad in the Florida Keys.
What is a cause that you’re passionate about? A cause I am passionate about is To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit organization that raises awareness and presents hope to individuals battling various mental health related issues. I was introduced to this organization by one of my favorite bands at a concert that I was attending while in high school. To Write Love on Her Arms represented a belief to others that a better life was possible and that they weren’t alone in their struggles.
Why did you choose to attend MiSPP? After attending a large undergraduate university, I wanted to attend a graduate school that didn’t only teach its students, but also created a sense of community among students and faculty. When attending a university that has 45,000+ students, it is very easy to get lost among the hundreds of people in a lecture hall, it is very easy to go through the motions without any sense of rapport and relationship among students and professors. At MiSPP, there is a feeling that what you have to say is being heard and processed. Your voice and your story matters at MiSPP.
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? After I graduate, I would like to work with adolescents and teens battling various mental health related issues. I believe that in this day and age, teens and adolescents not only have to deal with the stressors of growing up and finding yourself, but most of them also have to deal with bullying, pressures from parents and the numerous issues social media can cause for them. I strongly believe that no child and no teen should have to have their innocence robbed from them, nor should anyone ever think that they are not worthy of love and happiness.
What is your plan for after graduation? My plan for after graduation would be to do individual therapy at a private practice.


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