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The Master Plan

Posted on April 18,2012 by sskeenmspp

The end of the semester is rapidly approaching, and as usual, that means that I'm swamped with work. I have two 10 page papers due next Wednesday (for my Couples Therapy and Returning Veterans classes), and another 10 pager due the following Thursday (for my Cognitive Psychology class). Yikes!

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A Much Needed Break

Posted on April 14,2012 by sskeenmspp

It's finally spring break, and I couldn't be happier! The last few weeks have been pretty hectic for me, so it's great to have a little time off from classes.

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The eyes feel heavy...

Posted on April 04,2012 by sskeenmspp

Last week, as part of my internship training, I attended a three day intensive course on clinical hypnosis at Boston Behavioral Medicine, a private practice in Brookline, MA. This was the second hypnosis training we've had this year. The first of these, in September, focused on the basics of clinical hypnosis: how to bring someone into a trance, how to deepen the state, and how to do some basic relaxation exercises. This time around, we went into some more depth.

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Good News All Around

Posted on March 28,2012 by sskeenmspp

Well, loyal readers, I'm happy to report that things have been going pretty well for me lately. Monday night, I got an acceptance email from my first choice internship site, Domingos & Associates. D & A is a private practice in Needham that conducts assessments and other psychological services for schools in the area. For my internship, I'll be providing services at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, a K-12 charter school in Malden, MA.

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Women in the Military

Posted on March 21,2012 by sskeenmspp

This morning I participated in a very interesting discussion about women in the military as part of a class I'm taking called "Managing the Needs of Returning Veterans." I was surprised to learn that although women serve in all branches of the armed forces, they cannot serve in "direct combat" roles. My professor believes that, in large part, this regulation is in place to prevent the bad publicity of having mothers die in combat.

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Burning the Candle on Both Ends

Posted on March 18,2012 by sskeenmspp

Earlier in the semester, I wrote about the difficulty of balancing fun, rest, and productivity during weekends. Well, I'm happy to report that for the past few weeks, I've shifted my focus to the fun stuff.

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Self-Care

Posted on March 14,2012 by sskeenmspp

"Self-care" is a bit of a buzz word around MSPP. The term, which is fairly self explanatory, refers to the activities we all do to to maintain our physical and emotional health. Self-care activities range from going to the gym to engaging in a favorite hobby to buying oneself the occasional indulgence. Professors, students, and even Dr. Mervyn, our dean of students, talk regularly about the importance of self-care.

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Breakthroughs!

Posted on March 06,2012 by sskeenmspp

In real life, therapy is much different than it is portrayed in the media. Therapy scenes in TV and movies are overly dramatic: the patients are constantly making "breakthroughs," someone is always crying or screaming, and, generally, therapists are much more directive than they are in real life.

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Nuts & Bolts

Posted on March 01,2012 by sskeenmspp

In about an hour, a few of my coworkers at the academic resource center and myself will be leading a workshop on "the nuts and bolts of graduate writing skills." We'll be speaking about basic academic writing skills, and offering some suggestions to students based on the common issues we see in papers.

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Health Insurance Blues

Posted on February 28,2012 by sskeenmspp

My birthday was last week, and for a nice birthday present, Blue Cross terminated my insurance coverage. Surprise!

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