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MA Student Spotlight


Benjamin CampbellCampbell Benjamin

 

Hometown: Garden City, MI
Program:
MA

Book I would recommend: A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

Favorite quote: “That which I find lacking in any situation is that which I am not bringing to it.” 

What would people be surprised to know about you? I lived a former life as a semi-successful actor.  You might be surprised to see me on old reruns of TV shows and remember me from an array fast food commercials. Keep your eyes peeled.
What is a cause you’re passionate about? I am passionate about sexual education and de-stigmatization.  As a gay man who comes from an ultra-conservative Christian background, I am all too aware of the damage that sexual repression and sexual shaming can cause to one’s self and to society as a whole. Sexuality created everything that we see and ultimately, it will always win. Until we fully look and it and embrace it, we will be dysfunctional.
Why did you choose to attend MSP? I kept noticing advertisements on NPR and finally, I happened to meet a therapist that works with MSP who sang it’s praises.  Once I learned of MSP’s focus on humanistic philosophy and experiential learning, I knew it was the right fit. 
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? I plan to practice; to keep practicing; to keep learning. As of now, I have vague images of relocating back to Los Angeles and starting a practice there working with the LGBT and artist communities, but one thing I’ve learned about life is that I have no idea where it will take me. I’m learning to jump in, to keep moving, and to go with the flow.
What is your plan for after graduation? See the last answer.


ABA Student Spotlight


Misty Jackson   
Jackson Misty

Hometown: Roseville, MI
Program:
MA with Certificate in ABA

Book I would recommend: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

Favorite quote: “I wouldn’t ask anyone to do anything I wouldn’t do myself.” Indra Nooyi, CEO PepsiCo”

What would people be surprised to know about you? I’m strong because I have survived. I’m wise because I have learned. I care because everyone deserves someone who does. People are often surprised by this perspective when they learn my stories.
What is a cause you’re passionate about? I want to be an agent of change, to make a positive influence in other people’s  lives with every interaction.
Why did you choose to attend MSP? For the humanistic component to education. I can do academics anywhere.
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? I do not know; that is an acceptable answer.
What is your plan for after graduation? I want to be the best human I can be, so I will continue to strive to that goal every day.


PsyD Student Spotlight


Erin White  

Hometown: Detroit, MIErin White
Program:
PsyD

Book I would recommend: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange

Favorite quote: “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” Og Mandino

What would people be surprised to know about you? I really enjoy watching sappy romantic chick flicks. 
What is a cause that you’re passionate about? I am very passionate about police brutality and its effects on the mental health of African-Americans. 
Why did you choose to attend MSP? I chose MSP because it was the only school in my area that focused on the person holistically with the therapeutic relationship being the most important element in treatment.
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? I want to go into private practice serving trauma victims, families, and couples. I also want to do extensive research with childhood trauma.
What is your plan for after graduation? I plan to open my own practice and start a non-profit organization that will be geared toward inner-city youth. 


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