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Media Advisory/Press Release

Shaping Leaders for the 21st Century with Positive Psychology is Focus of New Degree Programs at MSPP

Webinars Share Information for Prospective Students

March 19, 2012–Boston (West Roxbury), MA–Successful leaders in the 21st Century must have the courage and resiliency to respond positively and nimbly to constant and complex change. To help support and nurture these qualities and skills in today’s and tomorrow’s leaders, the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology is expanding its Organizational and Leadership Psychology department and is launching a groundbreaking international doctoral program in Leadership Psychology and a new master’s degree in Media Psychology. The school has also has developed new degree programs in Organizational Psychology and Higher Education Student Personnel Administration as well as its Executive Coaching Graduate Certificate Program to make them more accessible to busy professionals.

“It is no longer business as usual for organizations, whether non profits, for profits, health care, government, or, higher education in the 21st century. In these programs our students learn how to navigate change management that best addresses the complexity facing society today,” says Erik Gregory, PhD, MPA, EdM, director for the Organizational and Leadership Program.

Gregory believes that the MSPP programs are unique because they are based within a graduate school of psychology and are grounded in the principles of human behavior and, in particular, positive psychology, which focuses on maximizing strengths of individuals and organizations. Most organizational development programs are primarily in business schools.

The Organizational Psychology program prepares students for careers in organizational development, change management, management consulting, and human resources.

The Higher Education Student Personnel Administration program will help higher education professionals advance their careers as student affairs educators with an emphasis on supporting 21st century college students’ campus life as well as their teaching and learning.

The master’s curriculum in Media Psychology prepares students to understand the impact of media technologies and their potential for socially constructive purposes in a wide area of domains, including entertainment, education, business, and government.

The doctoral program in Leadership Psychology prepares students to work within profit, nonprofit, government, and education domains as a leader, supporter of leaders, or a follower to create long-lasting and constructive changes.

And, in the Executive Coaching Program students learn how coaching can be a powerful tool for building the skills of leaders in organizations and helping them to achieve key business results.

Positive psychology is a school of psychological theory and practice that is concerned with an individual’s ability to recognize his or her strengths, courage and resiliency and muster those qualities for socially constructive change.

To learn more about the programs, MSPP is inviting students to sign up for its spring 2012 webinar series.

Below are the upcoming webinars. Click on each title to learn more about an academic program. And, to register, please email webinars@mspp.edu with your name and the date of the webinar you would like to attend.

Higher Education Student Personnel Administration, MA
Hosted by Program Head, Dr. Erik Gregory
Wednesday, March 28 at 12:00 (EST)
Wednesday, April 25 at 12:00 (EST)

Organizational Psychology, MA
Wednesday, March 21 at 12:00 (EST)
Hosted by Program Head, Dr. Erik Gregory

Wednesday, April 18 at 12:00 (EST)
Hosted by Program Faculty, Kathryn Stanley

Wednesday, May 2 at 12:00 (EST)
Hosted by Program Faculty, Kathryn Stanley and Dr. Chris King Leadership Psychology, PsyD

Wednesday, March 21 at 12:00 (EST)
Hosted by Program Head, Dr. Erik Gregory

Wednesday, April 18 at 12:00 (EST)
Hosted by Program Faculty, Kathryn Stanley

Media Psychology, MA
Wednesday, March 28 at 12:00 (EST)
Hosted by Program Head, Dr. Erik Gregory

Wednesday, May 2 at 12:00 (EST)
Hosted by Program Faculty, Kathryn Stanley and Dr. Chris King

Executive Coaching, Graduate Certificate
Hosted by Program Director, Michele Vitti
Wednesday, April 4 at 12:00 (EST)
Thursday, May 3 at 12:00 (EST)

About MSPP—Founded in 1974 as an independent graduate school of psychology, MSPP provides unique training programs for mental health professionals at the doctoral, master’s and certificate level, each designed to immerse students in both academic study and real-life clinical experience. Constantly assessing and evolving to meet the needs of a rapidly changing and diverse society, MSPP currently offers programs to train highly skilled professionals to care for Latinos, veterans, children and adolescents and families in a variety of settings, including the schools, the courts, the community and the workplace, among others.

Updated 7/18/12

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