Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology Celebrates 30th Anniversary and Dramatic Expansion of Program Offerings
May 24, 2005
Boston/West Roxbury, MA – After educating more than 800 psychologists, the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) commemorates its 30th year of service with a gala celebration to be held on Friday, June 3. The 30th Anniversary Gala will begin at 6 pm at the school’s campus at 221 Rivermoor Street in West Roxbury and will serve as a fundraising event to help support it’s educational and community services.
What: 30th Anniversary Gala for MSPP
Where: Moseley's on the Charles.-- 50 Bridge Street, Dedham, MA, 781-326-3075 -- Take I-95 (Route 128) to Exit 16 (Route 109 East). Follow 2 miles to Moseley's on the right.
When: 6 pm, Friday, June 3, 2005
Who: Award recipients -- Richard Weintraub, director of Homeless Services for Boston and Senator Marian Walsh
The evening’s festivities will include dinner, dancing, and a brief awards ceremony, during which Richard Weintraub, director of Homeless Services for the City of Boston, will receive the first annual MSPP Mental Health Advocacy Award. Senator Marian Walsh will also be honored as the recipient of the school’s Community Service and Training Award, given each year for outstanding service and psychological teaching by example. More than 350 mental health professionals, educators and friends of the school are expected to attend.
According to President Nicholas Covino, PsyD, “This is an opportunity for us to celebrate the accomplishments of the past 30 years and sharpen our vision for the future. Many hands, heads and hearts have shaped this institution which has brought high level human services to the Commonwealth and the country.”
Founded in 1975 by a group of creative educators, MSPP was initially designed to provide student psychologists with solid years of doctoral clinical training. Where traditional programs emphasized research-based curriculums over actual work with clients in the field, the integrative model of professional school education provides a rich, supervised, clinical experience with strong academic training in psychology. Graduates leave MSPP with considerable clinical experience to accompany their broad knowledge of the psychology field.
Thirty years later, MSPP has stayed true to its commitment to “integrative training” -- students are required to undertake four years of rigorous classroom studies and four years of clinical field placements with increasing professional responsibilities. MSPP maintains affiliations with over 125 Boston area institutions for student field placements. Students are carefully selected and closely supervised in their placements, and in many cases the work of MSPP students and faculty provide essential mental health services to organizations with limited resources.
MSPP’s first class consisted of students from the Boston area who understood the immense value of the school’s integrative training approach. Thirty years later, the school selects its entering class from the top 25 percent of more than 350 applicants. Enrolled students come from across the United States and abroad. (More than 13 percent of those enrolled are international students.)
In 2002, MSPP appointed Nicholas Covino, PsyD, as its second president. Under his oversight MSPP has continued to provide the highest quality education to doctoral psychology students while expanding the school’s educational opportunities further. New initiatives include a highly regarded health psychology subspecialty program that teaches psychologists how to work effectively with people who are emotionally and physically challenged by life-threatening diseases. To help clinical psychologists better understand the role and use of psycho-active medications and partner with other health professionals in their patients’ treatment, MSPP created the first master’s degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology in the Northeast specifically for psychologists and allied health professionals. This year, the program is graduating its third class.
MSPP has also launched the Institute for Organizational Consulting Psychology to train psychologists, other mental health professionals, and business people to use applied psychology to enhance organizational effectiveness. The Institute encompasses an Executive Coaching Certificate Program, which is one of the first of its kind in the nation.
In addition, MSPP has undertaken a number of challenging initiatives to address the shortage of mental health providers in key areas. There is a new forensics psychology curriculum designed to increase the number of psychologists specially trained to help clients who become involved in the criminal justice system. The school is also in the process of developing a program to train school psychologists and another to train culturally competent, Spanish speaking psychotherapists.
Finally, the school’s ongoing and expanding community service training program helps provide vital mental health services to underserved populations throughout the Boston area. Training sites include the Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center in Brighton and Entre Familia, an intensive treatment program that helps Latino and African-American women cope with addiction problems compounded by trauma.
The 30th Anniversary Gala will be a night for students, alumni, and past and present faculty, to come together to celebrate. As a fundraiser for the school, the event will also help maintain MSPP’s future role in education and community services. Individual tickets for the event are $75 each. Organizations or individuals can select from a number of event sponsorship opportunities as well. To purchase tickets, call 617-327-6777. Additional information about the 30th Anniversary Gala and MSPP’s entire array of programs can be found at www.mspp.edu.
The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology is located at 221 Rivermoor Street in West Roxbury. For more information call: 617-327-6777.