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What Happens To Clients When Their Therapist Dies?

October 16, 2019

Earlier this year I lost my friend, mentor and business partner, Dr. Lavinia Ekong, unexpectedly. As painful and tragic as her death was for me, her clients were even more devastated. I’ve had the challenging responsibility of sitting with her clients and students to process their grief and sadness. As a therapist Dr. Ekong made… Read More



Lessons from Our Alumni: Richard Janka, PsyD (’12)

September 11, 2019

Our Lessons from Our Alumni Series was inspired by several excellent guest alumni lectures during the 2018/19 academic year. We decided to invite more alums back this year, to share the clinical lessons they have learned with our current students. Each month, we will invite alumni back to campus who share expertise in a particular… Read More



Lessons from Our Alumni: Michael Kimball, MA (’10), PsyD (’15)

August 29, 2019

Our Lessons from Our Alumni Series was inspired by several excellent guest alumni lectures during the 2018/19 academic year. We decided to invite more alums back this year, to share the clinical lessons they have learned with our current students. Each month, we will invite alumni back to campus who share expertise in a particular… Read More



Articles for a New Therapist

August 28, 2019

One of the more nerve-wracking parts of studying to become a psychologist is completing the requisite 500 hours (at the MA level) of clinical training at a practicum site. MA students begin work in a variety of clinical settings – clinics, hospitals, crisis or community centers – almost as soon as they begin to take… Read More



Top 5 Things to Consider Before Graduation

May 30, 2019

Graduate school – especially the 11-month MA at MSP – will take over your life. When we finish, most of us are really at the end of what we can give to the process. And that’s a good thing. When you finish your degree, you are prepared to begin your career, but you may not… Read More



Life After MSP: Kat Lewitzke

May 21, 2019

Here at MSP, we love to connect with alumni to find out more about the work that fulfills their passion for clinical psychology.  “Life After MSP” is our feature column that highlights the career journey of our grads. Name: Dr. Kat Lewitzke, PsyD, LP (Class of 2016) Job Title: Clinic Director & Owner (Bright Pine Behavioral Health,… Read More



Life After MSP: Lainie Epstein

May 13, 2019

Here at MSP, we love to connect with alumni to find out more about the work that fulfills their passion for clinical psychology.  “Life After MSP” is our feature column that highlights the career journey of our grads. Name: Dr. Lainie Epstein, PsyD (Class of 2014, MA Class of 2005) Job Title(s): Clinical Psychologist, Outpatient… Read More



The Experience of Working with a Therapy Dog

May 9, 2019

MSP alum Betz King, PsyD will present the “Therapy Dog Certification Process,” a Continuing Education Workshop on May 29, 2019 that will define and explain the practicalities of the certification process. Below, Dr. King shares her personal experience of how Paisley enriched her clinical practice. I had the joy and privilege of working with a… Read More



Letter to (Soon-to-be!) Alums: How to Stay Involved

April 2, 2019

Dear Fellow Alum, In the early part of third semester, the thought dawned on me. Soon, I will no longer be here. The MA program at MSP moves swiftly this way. In September, coursework and practicum are daunting – there is a lot to learn and a lot to accomplish. By May, it’s like we… Read More



Life After MSP: Gregory S. Thornhill

March 20, 2019

Here at MSP, we love to connect with alumni to find out more about the work that fulfills their passion for clinical psychology.  “Life After MSP” is our feature column that highlights the career journey of our grads. Name: Gregory S. Thornhill, MA, TLLP (Class of 2017) Job Title: Therapist at Bright Pine Behavioral Health Describe… Read More