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About sskeenmspp

Hey everyone, my name is Sam Skeen. I’m currently a third year PsyD student. I’m primarily interested in individual therapy with adults and adolescents and assessment with people of all ages. This year, I’m doing my field placement work at Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center, where I am learning to conduct therapy in Spanish. I also have a part time job at MSPP’s Academic Resource Center, where I help other MSPP students complete challenging academic tasks. In my spare time, I like to exercise, cook, mess with my cat (an activity that once screened me as a potential sociopath on a personality test), update my fantasy hockey lineup obsessively, and of course, satiate my Words with Friends addiction.

The Master Plan

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 … Continue reading

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A Much Needed Break

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. The semester will be coming to a close in just … Continue reading

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The eyes feel heavy…

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 … Continue reading

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Good News All Around

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 … Continue reading

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Women in the Military

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 … Continue reading

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Burning the Candle on Both Ends

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. Last weekend, my wife, … Continue reading

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“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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Nuts & Bolts

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 … Continue reading

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Health Insurance Blues

My birthday was last week, and for a nice birthday present, Blue Cross terminated my insurance coverage.  Surprise! Apparently, when you turn 26, you are no longer covered by your parents’ insurance plan.  I knew that at some point, but … Continue reading

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