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The President’s Perspective: Michigan Board of Psychology

The President’s Perspective is a blog series from MSP President Fran Brown that explores the field of humanistic psychology and shares insights into her experience as President. 

An essential part of my service to MSP students is to monitor changes occurring at State and Federal levels that impact students and alumni and their ability to be licensed in the State of Michigan. Being appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to the Michigan Board of Psychology has provided me a valuable path to do that.

By serving on the licensing board I will offer a practical perspective on how administrative decisions affect not only psychologists in practice, but also those who are preparing for a career in psychology. It also gives me an opportunity to help ensure the integrity of our field, both for the public and for practitioners.

Because who else are policy, laws, and statutes there to protect and defend? As a member of the Board of Psychology I recognize that protecting the public is our number one priority. But equally important is ensuring an effective administrative structure for current and future mental health care practitioners who are on the front lines each and every day.

Over the past several years, past president Dr. Blau and I have strived to create a constructive working relationship with the Board of Psychology. Now, as a member, I’m excited to get to work and help create meaningful policies to promote our field and its practitioners.

I’m very grateful to Governor Whitmer for giving me this opportunity to serve over the next 3 years, and look forward to sharing my experience with you.