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Press Release

Gala to benefit Psychological Assessment Center at MSPP on May 2

April 29, 2008–Boston (West Roxbury), MA—Several hundred friends and alumni of Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology are expected to attend the 2008 Annual MSPP Gala on Friday, May 2, 2008.

This year the gala will celebrate and benefit the Dr. Leon O. Brenner Psychological Assessment and Consultation Center at MSPP and honor mental health professionals who have had an impact on the professional community and the community at large. The event will include dinner, dancing and a silent auction.

What: MSPP Gala 2008
Where: Boston Marriott Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA
When: Friday, May 2, from 6-11 pm

According to MSPP President Nicholas Covino, the Brenner Center is a cause worthy of support. “One child in five has a diagnosable mental disorder and one in ten has mental problems severe enough to impair how they function at home, school, or in the community. Unfortunately, 75 percent of these children in need of mental health services do not receive them. This is particularly true for those in need of psychological and neuropsychological assessment,” he says, citing the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health of 2003 as his source.

He adds that the Brenner Center--which was formed in honor of the late Dr. Leon O. Brenner, an MSPP founder and faculty member--is a state-of-the-art evaluation, assessment, and consultation program on-site at MSPP. This Center provides comprehensive, integrated testing services to individuals, families, and institutions. “The Brenner Center is particularly proud of its commitment to underserved populations across the life span,” says Covino, adding that over the past year the Center has completed 68 low-cost and no cost evaluations, conducted in English and Spanish, and has donated $30,000 worth of pro bono assessments to the community. Proceeds from the Gala will help the center to continue its service to those in need.

MSPP faculty and trustees will also use the gala as an opportunity to recognize outstanding members of the Boston provider community. Those honorees include four MSPP alumni who form the core of the mental health Unit at Chelsea Healthcare Center, which is affiliated with MGH. Drs. Jeanne Lauer-Williams, Tamara Leaf, Christopher Lenk and Mary Lyons Hunter will receive the Florence Lerman Mintz Alumni Award, established in memory of Dr. Florence Mintz, an MSPP alumna, by her family.

This year’s MSPP Mental Health Humanitarian Award will go to psychoanalyst Dr. Gerald Adler, who, in addition to being a pioneer in the treatment of borderline and narcissistic personalities and a teacher and mentor at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, has committed himself to community service, particularly at venues such as Dimock Community Health Center in Boston.

MSPP’s 2008 Community Service & Training Award will go to Howard S. King, MD, MPH, a revered pediatrician who has devoted his career toensuring that the emotional needs of children are addressed in their health care by mentoring other physicians and standing up for this vital aspect of pediatric care.

MSPP strives to be a preeminent school of psychology that integrates rigorous academic instruction with extensive field education and close attention to professional development. We assume an ongoing social responsibility to create programs to educate specialists of many disciplines to meet the evolving mental health needs of society.

Updated 4/30/08

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