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October Newsletter

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 MSP 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
MSP President

What’s New at MSP Because of Your Support?Group of students in atrium


Launched in April, the new website has provided us with a fresh look to better showcase what is great about MSP. We have been able to develop an active blog featuring posts authored by members of our MSP 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 MSP, 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. MSP 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.

MSP’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 MSP experts in the field to speak on relevant topics to those organizations.

Grant Writer

A part-time grant writer has been hired to explore future funding sources.

MSP Events

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Through your generous gifts, in many different forms, we are able offer the following events

EPPP Peer Study Group

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 

MPI Visiting Scholar

        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

Div 32 Conference- Society for Humanistic PsychologyWe are establishing new partnerships and aligning MSP 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.  MSP 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 MSP to provide research, psychoeducation and clinical expertise to individuals and families in our community. 

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What’s Next for MSP?Newsletter #4

Look out for …

Certification Programs

Post Degree Programs

Strategic Planning Outcome

Report of Online Initiative

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