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MSPP Open House

Careers in Psychology Event & Open House

Below is a listing of session topics that will be offered during our Careers in Psychology Event and Open House on November 15, 2014. You may select individual sessions at the time of registration. Please click here to register. We look forward to seeing you on November 15th.

Discussions on health care issues related to areas such as:

Child, Adolescent & Family Psychology
Mental Health Services in Schools
Beyond CSI: What is Forensic Psychology?
Primary Care Medicine & Health Psychology
Organizational and Leadership Psychology
Working with Diverse Populations in Community Mental Health Settings
Global Mental Health/Trauma and Recovery
Clinical Neuropsychology
Agents of Change: Working with Families and Larger Systems
Healing Power of the Arts & Psychology
Psychological & Neuropsychological Assessment

Child, Adolescent& Family Psychology [back to top]
Child, adolescent, and family psychology is a dynamic and rapidly evolving field that places understanding and treatment within the complex matrix of development and relationships (family, peer, school, community, society). Children and families are consistently identified as underserved populations with diverse clinical needs. Psychologists who are well trained to provide empirically based professional services across the lifespan but with deeper understanding of child development (clinical assessment, psychotherapy and other interventions, consultation, program development and evaluation) are in great demand in a variety of roles and settings including outpatient clinics, pediatric offices, medical and mental health services in hospitals, mainstream and special educational program in schools, private practice, juvenile and family courts, juvenile justice systems, child protection agencies, and social service agencies.

Mental Health Services in Schools [back to top]
Most mental health services for children and adolescents are provided in schools. This presents a broad range of career possibilities. School psychologists, school counselors, social workers, clinical psychologists, and nurses are among the mental health professionals who provide these services. Counseling is just one of the many ways in which children and adolescents receive much-needed assistance. Our understanding of how best to promote children's social and emotional development has advanced considerably in recent years.

Beyond CSI: What is Forensic Psychology? [back to top]
This session distinguishes forensic psychology from clinical psychology, emphasizing that solid practice in forensic psychology is based upon excellence in the practice of clinical psychology. Forensic psychology practice settings for a mental health counselor are also predicated on the excellence in the practice of counseling. This session will define "Forensic Psychology", identify legal and organizational contexts in which forensic psychologists and counselors operate, and review the various career opportunities available to psychologists and counselors with forensic training. The rationale for providing a Concentration in Forensic Psychology within the doctoral psychology program rather than a separate doctoral track will be discussed, as will the rationale for providing a Master's level program in Forensic and Counseling Psychology. The varied career trajectories of MSPP graduates and the present opportunities for mental health providers in forensic settings are offered as illustrations of the many professional opportunities available to psychologists and counselors familiar with forensic issues, even for those who build careers primarily based on the provision of clinical and counseling services.

Psychotherapy [back to top]
Helping individuals, couples and families to understand themselves is one of the main areas of psychological work and among its most rewarding. In psychotherapy, relationship difficulties, issues of self-esteem and identity, work problems, and difficulties with mood are discussed and plans made for change and growth.

Primary Care Medicine & Health Psychology [back to top]
There are exciting opportunities for psychologists and mental health counselors in primary care medicine and health psychology. Health Psychology draws upon psychological theory and research to build clinical applications for individuals and families with medical illness and physical challenge to live the most productive lives possible. Health psychologists work in psycho-oncology, in cardiac psychology, in neurology, in pediatrics, in women's health and with chronic pain patients among many other patient groups. They also work to prevent illness and to promote healthy lifestyles. Health psychologists have the opportunity to work from an integrative perspective and apply interventions recognizing the mind-body connection, such as behavioral medicine applications.

With organized American Medicine adopting a model of the Patient Centered Medical Home, and with recent federal legislation promoting integrated models of primary care, there is now the opportunity for mental health counselors and psychologists to serve as the behavioral health specialist on collaborative health care teams. The demand for mental health professionals to fill jobs in primary care medical settings is predicted to steadily grow.

Organizational and Leadership Psychology [back to top]
The 21st century requires individuals to respond to fast changes and ongoing complexity in organizations. MSPP develops leaders in action with its graduate certificate programs in Executive Coaching, and Health Coaching; 12 month master's programs in Organizational Psychology, and Higher Education Student Personnel Administration; and a doctoral program in Leadership Psychology. These programs prepare you to deploy yourself within for profit, non-profit, government, and educational settings to create constructive change. This means going beyond technical solutions to find adaptive means of change that address the culture, value, beliefs as well and structures of organizations with a foundation in psychology, in an ever increasingly competitive, changing environment. Our students include professionals and career-changers looking to build or develop expertise within the following sectors:

  • Organizational Development
  • Leadership Training and Development
  • Change Management
  • Management Consulting
  • Human Resources

Working with Diverse Populations in Community Mental Health Settings [back to top]
Attention to the health of diverse communities in which we live and work has been a cornerstone of the Community Mental Health (CMH) approach. The systems/ecological perspective looks at the person in relation to his or her community, and examines all aspects of a person's environment as contributors to health. In addition, this perspective attempts to address ways in which the community can promote health and prevent illness. Prevention is a cornerstone of this approach as well, so consultation work with front line workers is critical.

A particularly important consideration for working in community settings is how to understand and address the needs of diverse communities; such diversity includes race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and other factors. Along with specific services to meet specific mental health needs, community oriented mental health hopes to enlarge our vision of what makes a healthy person and a healthy environment.

Global Mental Health/Trauma and Recovery [back to top]
The Boston bombings, school shootings, Syria conflicts, the Asian Tsunamis, earthquakes in China and Haiti, Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, school shootings, the Oklahoma City bombing and wars and famines around the world.... These are all well-known and well-publicized crises in our recent history. But what happens beyond the broken buildings and the medical response teams? Clearly, there are countless trauma victims and survivors from these events. Disaster response is an expanding field of psychology which focuses on applying psychological principles and interventions to the survivors of traumatic experiences, frontline workers and first responders. This presentation will outline the various ways in which psychologists can significantly affect the lives of those touched by trauma on a local, national and international level. There is an abundance of work to be done in this field. We will discuss services provided by faculty and students to survivors of disaster and war in 9/11, Sandy/Katrina hurricanes, Haiti, Gaza (Palestine), Guatemala, and elsewhere.

Survivors of war, persecution, human trafficking, and natural disaster often feel the effects of such traumatic experience for many years to come, whether in their home communities, displaced within their home countries, or as refugees in the U.S. and other countries. MSPP's program in Global Mental Health was designed to meet the needs of such survivors and their families – in the U.S. and abroad. This presentation will describe some of the work MSPP faculty and students have done both internationally and domestically and will address the training the Global Mental Health Program can provide to students interested in working for nongovernmental agencies in developing or conflict-ridden parts of the world or with immigrants and refugees in the U.S.

Clinical Neuropsychology [back to top]
Clinical Neuropsychology is a recognized specialty area within the field of psychology that focuses on the applied science of brain-behavior relationships. Utilizing a thorough understanding of how various internal and external factors impact brain functioning, clinical neuropsychologists evaluate and treat individuals across the lifespan with a variety of known or suspected neurological, medical, neurodevelopmental, and psychiatric problems. It is one of the fastest growing specialty areas within the field of psychology, with opportunities available across multiple settings and populations. This session will provide an overview of the field of neuropsychology, including potential careers within this specialty, as well as review the current training requirements for becoming a neuropsychologist.

Agents of Change: Working with Families and Larger Systems [back to top]
Family Therapy has its roots in community based treatment models and recently the field has returned to these time honored traditions. This presentation will summarize the many modalities of collaborative family therapy and consultation in larger systems, including: community outreach work, social justice approaches, court mandated casework, and organizational coaching and development.

Healing Power of the Arts & Psychology [back to top]
This presentation will include a brief introduction to some aspects of a trauma sensitive expressive arts therapy framework followed by a brief arts based experiential. Discussion and exploration about the way this approach can be helpful to clients, especially the most fragile and those not able to benefit from verbal interventions. No previous expressive arts experience required.

Psychological & Neuropsychological Assessment [back to top]
Recent fiscal, political, economic, and service-delivery forces hoped to minimize the professional psychologists' role in the delivery of direct clinical services. Many in our field were coping by denying or despairing. Others were urging "cognitive reappraisal", viewing this crisis as a way of expanding our scope of practice (e.g. prescription privileges). The wisest of our guild looked "back to the future" to reestablish the primary role of psychological assessment within professional psychology training and practice. This discussion will examine the current robust state of assessment within professional psychology. Special emphasis will be given to elucidating the current marketplace as it impacts training and practice. New models will be introduced that have been responsible for reestablishing the seminal role of psychological and neuropsychological assessment within professional psychology.

Updated 11/4/14

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“I found the day very helpful and informative. It helped me to understand what jobs are offered in the field and what is expected of students.”

“Excellent day! Presenters were all very professional and knowledgeable about careers and the field of psychology.”

“It was great to see faculty so enthusiastic and passionate about their work and the field of psychology.”

“Received great insight on future possible careers and the importance of this work. The day reaffirmed my career path and decision to attend graduate school.”

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