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How is Massachusetts addressing and treating postpartum depression?

Posted on July 14,2014 by msppblog

Contributed By Margaret Hannah, Executive Director of the Freedman Center for Child and Family Development

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Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Alliance for MA (SAM)

Posted on April 07,2014 by msppblog

MSPP has many members that have joined the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Alliance for Massachusetts (SAM) www.SEL4Mass.org. Nicholas Covino, Bob Lichtenstein, Margaret Hannah, Craig Murphy, Erika Johnson and Nadja Reilly have all joined because the mission of SAM is to help all young people succeed socially, emotionally and academically by advancing and supporting effective social and emotional learning programs, policies and practices in all schools and communities in Massachusetts.

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Benefits of Early Childhood Assessment

Posted on March 20,2014 by msppblog

If you are concerned that your young child is not developing in an age-appropriate way, you should know that research demonstrates that early diagnosis and intervention are crucial. When a diagnosis is made earlier, as the child’s brain is still developing, there are a number of outcomes.

  • Treatment can begin sooner and can be more effective.
  • There is also evidence that children who receive timely support in acquiring early literacy skills have better outcomes in areas of reading and mathematics.
  • Additionally, providing a child with appropriate behavioral supports at daycare or in the classroom leads to increased self-esteem, successful peer relationships, and sets the stage for the child’s positive attitude towards school in general.

The Brenner Assessment and Consultation Center at MSPP has a long history of providing comprehensive neuropsychological and psychological assessments to children and adolescents. At our specialty service for testing young children (generally ages 2-6), we recognize that it is a special challenge for parents, teachers and others involved in the child’s care to have a clear understanding of what is interfering with age-appropriate development. When it comes to very young children, not all skills develop at the same pace. For example, young children whose language skills don’t emerge as expected may eventually catch up to their peers with little or no intervention. Alternatively, delayed speech acquisition could be a sign of a potential Language Disorder or an Autism Spectrum disorder. Comprehensive and specialized testing is the best way to address each unique child.

At the Brenner Center Neurodevelopmental Assessment Service for Young Children “NYC”, we use a developmental lens to understand each child’s unique presentation. Over the course of the evaluation, we take time to get to know the child and the family. As part of our comprehensive neurodevelopmental assessment, we observe the child in his/her natural environment (such as home, daycare, preschool or an Early Intervention playgroup). This observation enables us to understand how the child copes with the demands of a group setting. Additionally, we collaborate with the child’s teachers and other service providers, in order to understand their perspective on the child’s strengths and areas of concern. We work hard to maximize the child’s comfort in the testing environment and typically see children over the course of several testing sessions.

Our evaluations result in comprehensive, jargon-free reports that include specific recommendations for parents, teachers, and others working with the child and the family. In writing the recommendations, we collaborate with professionals from other disciplines (such as speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and child psychiatrists) to ensure that our recommendations embrace all aspects of the child’s development. We have a thorough knowledge of the IEP process and are available to attend IEP or other school meetings on request. For more information about the Neurodevelopmental Assessment Service for Young Children (NYC) at MSPP’s Brenner Center, please visit www.mspp.edu/brenner.

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Top 4 Tips for Interviewing

Posted on February 25,2014 by msppblog

Our Organizational and Leadership Psychology Department recently hosted a "Breaking In" workshop for current students and alumni. These 4 Top Tips For Interviewing were provided by MSPP Organizational Psychology Alumni, Marge Dupere and Dennis Woodruff.

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Tagged Change of Career, Organizational Psychology & Leadership, Online Education

Top 3 Tips for Linked In

Posted on February 25,2014 by msppblog

Our Organizational and Leadership Psychology Department recently hosted a "Breaking In" workshop for current students and alumni. These 3 top tips on Linked In were provided by MSPP Organizational Psychology Alumna, Leto Papadopoulos.

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Tagged Change of Career, Organizational Psychology & Leadership, Online Education

Top 3 Tips for Resume Writing

Posted on February 25,2014 by msppblog

Our Organizational and Leadership Psychology Department recently hosted a "Breaking In" workshop for current students and alumni. These 3 top tips on Resume Writing were provided by MSPP Organizational Psychology Alumna, Kelly Armstrong.

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Tagged Change of Career, Organizational Psychology & Leadership, Online Education

Response to Sandy Hook Tragedy from an MSPP Faculty Member (Dr. Modesto Hevia)

Posted on December 19,2012 by msppblog

December 14, 2012

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Helping Continue My Education...

Posted on February 28,2011 by msppblog

One of my favorite things about the MSPP community are the continuing education opportunities. Not only do students get the benefit of learning with current practicing psychologists, but they get to attend 3 workshops a semester for free! Last week, I was lucky enough to attend the annual MSPP Alumni, Students & Faculty Only program: The Socio-Dynamics of Helping, presented by Dr. Edgar Schein.

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Student Trip to New Orleans

Posted on February 28,2011 by msppblog

Greetings from New Orleans! The group arrived safely and have been busy so far. Yesterday we worked with the Saint Bernard Project, a pretty inspiring organization seeing that the founders, two regular volunteers with limited knowledge and skills came down, volunteered, and decided to move here and continue their work. They have now re-built 342 homes in the New Orleans area. Our project for the day was demolition! The group removed floor tiles, insulation, nails and cleaned and prepared the home for mold treatment. We then moved to another home where we did some painting. At the first home, we met the homeowner who was more than happy to talk with us about who she was and experienced. We finished up the afternoon with a drive through the lower ninth ward, stopping at the community center to talk with the director there about what is going on in the area. Everyone was pretty tired by days end.

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Tagged Social Responsibility

3rd Guest Blog from Judi: Change of Career

Posted on February 28,2011 by msppblog

What It’s Like to Be An MSPP “student of a certain age”

Being in my 2nd year now, I think I can speak reliably to the experience of being a “student of a certain age” at MSPP. There is a lot to say, and not a whole lot of room in which to say it, so I am going to break it down into four topics: being a student of a certain age, knowing why you’re here, the 1st year, and the 2nd year.

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