Out in Front
Updates from the MSPP School Psychology Program
The first week in March is admittedly rather late for the February issue of Out in Front. Granted, February is a short month, and this one was exceptionally busy. The delay, however, is that we were holding the presses for the top story: the any-day-now announcement of MSPP’s move to a spacious, modern new home—still, any day now.
Nevertheless, February was a period of exceptional activity, events, and accomplishments for the MSPP School Psychology Program. The details are documented in a memo from program director Bob Lichtenstein to students, faculty, and alumni, which will serve as the February issue.
Dear Students, Faculty, and Alumni,
February is a short month and often a brutal one, but it shined brightly for the School Psychology Program. There has been much to celebrate this month in addition to ground hogs, presidents, and Black history.
MSPP had a terrific showing at the NASP Convention in Philadelphia, with 16 of our students attending (17, if you count the ever-present Christine Rinaldi). MSPP students were well represented on this program: Year 2 students Erika Johnson and Chris Stoddard had poster sessions, and 1st year advanced standing PsyD students Krystal Bartley, Lisa Leboeuf, and Toni-Marie Kelly presented research conducted at their recently completed specialist programs. Gayle Macklem offered an outstanding mini-skills session, soldiering on while battling the flu.
The 2nd year advanced standing School PsyD students have distinguishing themselves as they seek out doctoral internships for next year. The program had a 100% match—2 for 2—in the highly competitive APPIC-match system. (The Clinical PsyD Program was proud to announce a 77% match rate, which is just above the national average.) All 7 School PsyD students who are seeking doctoral internships for 2012-2013 have been offered placements that meet Health Service Provider (HSP) standards, as required for the highly restrictive HSP licensed psychologist credential in Massachusetts.
Our annual School Psychology Program meeting and dinner event on February 1st, which also served as a 5th year anniversary celebration and alumni homecoming, was a lively and engaging affair. Dr. Joan Struzziero, our featured speaker, made a compelling case for the i mportance of ongoing clinical supervision at both the pre-service and in-service level. Current MA/CAGS interns are urged to take special note of the supervision groups that MSPP will offer for practicing school psychologists starting next school year, as announced at the meeting. School Psychologist Program administrative assistant Amanda Jones and 3rd year student Tracy Lindquist did us proud in organizing the MSPP CARE (Communities Assisting Relief Efforts) fundraiser at the Irish Ale House on February 15th. “Party-crashing” faculty members—Bruce, Craig, and Bob—were duly impressed and had a fun evening. The event raised over $1000, with hopes of more to come with the Iron Chef event this Wednesday March 7th. (Don’t miss it!)
Student participation in admissions interview days has been overwhelming, with 5 PsyD students assisting at the January 28th date and 11 MA/CAGS students scheduled to assist with the March 10th interview day (thank you, thank you!). I’ll be sending out instructions and information to participating students early next week.
On behalf of the faculty and MSPP, we’re proud of your many accomplishments and activities!