November 2017

People in atrium watching film
Film screening of “Outside the House”


On November 3, filmmaker, Darnell Lamont Walker, screened his documentary “Outside the House” concerning mental health issues and suicide in the Black/African American community to a packed atrium of guests.

After the film, there was a panel discussion with Mr. Walker, Dr. La-Toya Gaines, Dr. Mishelle Rodriguez, and Juanita Houston (PsyD 3).


Yoga class in the atrium.
Yoga class in the atrium.

MSP welcomed The Metta Yoga Project to campus on November 18. 

Metta Yoga is a wellness based fundraising campaign founded and hosted by Ronda Pretzlaff Diegel, PhD, LP, who, in addition to being an adjunct faculty member at MSP, is a licensed clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, and mindfulness meditation teacher.

Dr. Diegel described in a Q&A how the presidential election of 2016 inspired her to create Metta Yoga as a space for mindful action to fundraise for the causes nearest to her heart. 

At MSP, we raised money for Equality Michigan, an LGBTQ political advocacy group. 

PsyD 1 students talking with potential practicum sites.
PsyD 1 students talking with potential practicum sites.


The MSP Practicum Fair was an opportunity for PsyD 1 students to network with potential practicum placements and discover what opportunities were available while they earn their hours.

The Fair offered a chance for students and clinical sites to meet and greet in a professional environment before any placement decisions are made.


Other News

On November 1, Admissions hosted a MA Sample Class for prospective students.

President Blau announced that SB 634 had passed the Senate (37-0) and was moving to the House.

Ronda Diegel, PhD, Adjunct Faculty member, presented two 30 minute “Combating Stress” meditation sessions on November 9th and 17th.  

Dr. Diegel also presented the CE Workshop “Cultivating Mindful Self-Compassion” on November 15.

MSP students, faculty, and staff were invited to attend a free Consent Training hosted by HAVEN on November 14.

On #GivingTuesday (November 28), MSP asked students, faculty, and staff to help us #BuildMSP by sharing our message via Facebook or Twitter.

In Blogs

President Blau made a Call to Action to support SB 634, Dr. Diegel offered this preview for her CE Workshop, Dr. Shannon Chávez-Korell was in the Faculty Spotlight and offered this memorial for her mentor Dr. Joseph White, Dr. La-Toya Gaines offered her experience in Phase Two (Hero Worship) in the Career of a Psychologist series, and Dr. Molly Sartori was inspired to begin a two part blog “Sleep Disorders & Dreams” after attending a workshop in August.