Project INTERFACE

Posted on November 02,2011 by mmosesmspp

I was lucky enough to land a terrific work-study opportunity during my first few weeks at MSPP. I've been working at The Freedman Center ever since, doing a variety of things including leading a play group for toddlers and their parents. However, the main focus of my work involves Project INTERFACE, a mental health referral service for various towns around Massachusetts.

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Social Responsibility

Indian Summers

Posted on October 09,2011 by spitchermspp

Today was a gorgeous, warm day! Especially in comparison to how rainy it has been the past few days. There seems to be a peaceful feel to today. As this semester continues, papers and other assignments are starting to pile up. It can get really easy to trap one's self inside to focus on reading, papers, and studying for midterms. Something that seems to help me stay connected to the outside world while still doing my schoolwork is reading outside. I'm very lucky to live in a house with a beautiful porch that allows me to soak in some lovely sun while also soaking in some knowledge.

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Tagged Personal Growth, Social Responsibility, Around Boston, Counseling Psychology

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted on October 04,2011 by mmosesmspp

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. The following is an excerpt from a 2009 proclamation from President Obama:

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Social Responsibility

Getting Involved at MSPP

Posted on March 15,2011 by sburnsmspp

As an MSPP student, you will have opportunities to get involved with many extracurricular activities. I’ve blogged before about social gatherings, volunteering at interview days, community service, attending Continuing Education programs, Student Coordinating Committee meetings, and participating in the Lucero Run, but there is still so much more! Here are some little blurbs about other activities that go on during the school year:

-ŸA luncheon for family members, loved ones, friends, veterans, or those currently serving in the military

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Tagged Social Responsibility, Counseling Psychology

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

Volunteering

Posted on February 10,2011 by sburnsmspp

An important and fun aspect of being an MSPP student is that there are many opportunities to do volunteer work during the school year. An e-mail was sent out last week asking for volunteers to work at Cradles to Crayons today. Cradles to Crayons (C2C) is an “innovative Quincy-based nonprofit organization that equips homeless and in-need children with the basic essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn and valued. While meeting the immediate needs of low-income children, C2C also sets a foundation for lasting change by providing meaningful, tangible volunteer opportunities to thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations each year.” Unfortunately, I had to work at my internship all day, but I would have loved to do this volunteer opportunity!

If you’re a person who loves to volunteer and make a difference in the community, than maybe MSPP is the school for you! Check out some of the other community service projects, such as The Food Project and MSPP CARE. Another bonus is that if there is an organization or population that you are passionate about, you can bring these ideas to the community service meetings and propose a project or volunteer opportunity!

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Tagged Social Responsibility, Counseling Psychology

Stuck in the Snow & The MSPP Community

Posted on February 07,2011 by kmorvillomspp

Last Tuesday I had the privilege of experiencing the strength of MSPP community first hand. I was in my 8:30 AM Humanistic class when the snowstorm that hit 2/3 of the nation started. Toward the end of the class there were several inches of snow on the ground and we learned that all classes after 11 AM would be cancelled. People rushed out of school to clean their cars off and make it home before the snow accumulated even more. I quickly brushed my car off, hopped in and started off. Moments later I found myself stuck in a snow bank unable to get myself out. Immediately a MSPP student driving by offered to push me out. He tried and tried, but was unable to get the car even rocking. I thanked him for stopping and sent him on his way. I ran back into school to let Maintenance know I was stuck, telling a few peers on the way about my situation.

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Social Responsibility

MSPP Team Takes Assessment & Testing to Baton Rouge

Posted on February 02,2011 by msppblog

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Tagged Guest Blog, Personal Growth, Social Responsibility

2nd Blog Update from Angie in New Orleans (Service Trip)

Posted on January 06,2011 by msppblog

Today is my birthday and it was the best birthday ever because we spent the day at a head start program. We arrived at the head start program at eight in the morning and met Ms. McGee. Ms. McGee is the principal/director of the head start and she gave us a lot of information on how the head start program works and some information on the children who go there. Our group was divided between three classrooms of four and five year olds. Spending time with these kids was the most fun I have had in a long time. We worked on puzzles, read stories, danced, and just talked. The kids didn't want us to leave and I don't think any of us wanted to leave either. All of the children we worked with were African-American and Ms. McGee told us the children would be interested in touching our hair because our hair is different from theirs. The first thing that happened to me when I approached a little girl is she went straight to my hair. It was interesting to see the childrens perspective of differences between skin color and hair type. I also continued to think how these children who are four and five are going to view New Orleans and what happened there. They were born after the storm and do not have a view of what New Orleans looked like before.

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Tagged Guest Blog, Social Responsibility

Student Service Trip to New Orleans: C.A.R.E. Update from Angie Reather-

Posted on January 04,2011 by msppblog

Just an update on how things are going so far. Yesterday we teamed up with camp restore and worked at a site in the lower 9th ward called the Village. The Village is a community center headed by an amazing man named Mack. When we first arrived on site we had a reflection group with more than 50 other volunteers and everyone had to say something about their experience thus far. The whole reflection was very powerful and a positive experience. The thing that stuck out for me was how devastated the area still is and how much hope people still have. Mack said that 75 percent of people in this area still aren't in their homes.

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Tagged Guest Blog, Social Responsibility