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Going Clinical for Spring Break

Posted on April 26,2013 by hmonkmspp

Felix Trede is a 1st year student in the Clinical PsyD program at MSPP. I have had the pleasure of having clinical seminar with Felix all year. Our seminar class has become sort of a mini-family, and we often share both academic and personal triumphs with one another. When we came back from break, Felix told our class about a really incredible experience he had doing mental health work in Mexico, and I asked him if he would share his experience with our blog readers. He graciously answered my interview questions, despite us being in the middle of finals.

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Personal Growth, Social Responsibility, Latino Mental Health

Cupcakes for Recovery

Posted on April 25,2013 by hmonkmspp

Last week's events have left us a lot of us shaken, confused, and afraid. However, they have also sparked an incredible sense of hope and a drive to move forward and help one another.

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Around Boston

Moving On From The Marathon: Processing Trauma

Posted on April 25,2013 by hmonkmspp

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Personal Growth

"Brain Building" at the Freedman Center: Interview with Ember Cook, 3rd yr Clinicial PsyD Student

Posted on April 14,2013 by hmonkmspp

I had the pleasure of interviewing Ember Cook, a 3rd year Clinical PsyD student, about some of the exciting things currently happening at the Freedman Center. Any current or future students interested in working with new parents and/or young children will really enjoy reading this!

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Tagged Clinical PsyD

Special Muffins for Special People

Posted on April 10,2013 by hmonkmspp

I wrote the following post on my baking blog, Chocolate Covered Therapy, and since it talks about MSPP, I thought I would share it with all of you:

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Personal Growth

Boston: Not So Bad Afterall

Posted on April 03,2013 by hmonkmspp

I've given Boston a pretty hard time since I moved here in June. I am a small town girl, and frankly, cities and I just don't get along. And Boston definitely isn't Middletown, CT, where I had made my home the last four years. I found every reason I possibly could to complain about Boston (granted it wasn't that hard): the commuting times, the drivers, the layout, the parking, the general look, the weather, the rent prices, and the people.

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Tagged Around Boston

Spring Surprises

Posted on March 27,2013 by hmonkmspp

One aspect that really sets MSPP apart from other schools is the amount of effort the faculty put into their end-of-the-semester evaluations. At first, I was very frustrated by this process. Here we are at the end of March, and I still hadn't received my "grades" from last semester. (Note- last semester, we were on a Credit/No Credit system, but this semester we changed to a mixed system, where some classes receive letter grades and others are still credit/no credit).

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Tagged Clinical PsyD

Reflections on a Snowy Day

Posted on March 19,2013 by hmonkmspp

So tomorrow is the first day of spring, and MSPP is closed for a snow day! Don't you just love New England weather? Well, since I have a lot of work to catch up on, I definitely appreciate the day off from classes. It's also really nice to take a day to reflect on your life.

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Personal Growth

Finally Settling In

Posted on March 06,2013 by hmonkmspp

The transition to graduate school and a new city is a difficult one. However, I was slightly cocky and full of "I-just-graduated-college" pride, and didn't think it was such a big deal. I was ready to tackle the world after my commencement ceremonies on May 27th, and moved my stuff from CT to Boston the very next day. I was ready to start my life as a graduate student in Boston.

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Personal Growth, Around Boston

Never Stop Questioning

Posted on February 27,2013 by hmonkmspp

I went to a really great liberal arts school for undergrad. At first, I appreciated how much they made us think and question, and then question thinking and question questioning. However, after four years of it, I was kind of done with all the philosophical fluff talk of exploring morality and history and questioning everything. I was ready for practical learning in grad school where I learned how to really help people. All the questioning and fluff is nice and important, but I thought that it was getting in the way of learning how to simply treat people in the field of psychology.

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Personal Growth, Experiential Education