Michigan School of Professional Psychology - Historical Timeline

Historical Timeline

1949 Dr. Clark Moustakas joins the faculty at the Merrill-Palmer Institute (MPI) in Detroit, Mich.

1953 First book by Moustakas Children in Play Therapy, New York: McGraw-Hill. Children in Play Therapy, emphasizes the relationship as central in effective therapy.

1956 Publication of The Self is the impetus for the original dialogues between Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, Clark Moustakas and others, forging the Humanistic Psychology movement. Meetings were held at 40 E. Ferry Ave. in Detroit, later to become the first home of the Center for Humanistic Studies (CHS).

1961 Loneliness by Moustakas is released, to public acclaim. Book becomes the basis of heuristic research.

1962 Moustakas participates in the formation of the American Association of Humanistic Psychology and the creation of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology.

1970-1971 Enhancing Human Potential (EHP) Certification is established by Clark Moustakas and Cereta Perry.

1978 The first degree program, MA in Humanistic and Clinical Psychology, is launched at MPI.

1979 MPI announces it will close due to bankruptcy.

1980-1981 Clark Moustakas, Cereta Perry, Diane Blau and Bruce Douglass commit to keep the psychology programs alive. The Center for Humanistic Studies (CHS) establishes its independence from the Merrill-Palmer Institute. CHS is awarded the degree-granting charter of MPI.

1981-1982 With the aid of dedicated students, CHS moves into 40 E. Ferry Ave. in Detroit. Candidacy for accreditation with the North Central Association (NCA) is granted. EHP Certification evolves into a Specialist Degree (PsyS) and graduates its first class.

1984 Full accreditation is received from NCA.

1989 Moustakas is instrumental in starting the Consortium of Diversified Psychology Programs (CDPP). He advocates nationally and internationally for licensing of CHS and other students of alternative programs of education and training.

1990-1994 Publication of Heuristic Research: Design, Methodology and Applications and Phenomenological Research Methods impact the field of qualitative research.

1997 Relationship Play Therapy is printed and marks 50 years of theory and application in child therapy.

1998 President-elect, Dr. Kerry Moustakas becomes CHS President.

2000 The Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association of Colleges and Schools extends CHS accreditation for a Doctoral Program (PsyD) in Humanistic and Clinical Psychology.

2001-2003 Land is purchased and a new campus is built in Farmington Hills, Mich.

2004 Clark and Kerry Moustakas publish Loneliness, Creativity and Love: Awakening Meanings in Life.

2005 The Moustakas Johnson Library Dedication is held which includes the naming of the Wilkinson Research Center and the Joan S. Snyder Clinical Lab.

2006 CHS celebrates its rich history on its 25th Anniversary and the dedication of its new name: Michigan School of Professional Psychology (MiSPP).

2006 President’s Circle established for lead donors. Members of the President’s Circle join the President at the first annual reception to honor lead donors and highlight student scholarship recipients.

MiSPP receives re-accreditation from North Central Association: next visit required in 2016-2017

2007 1st Annual MiSPP and Council for Asian Pacific Americans Partnership Event

MiSPP receives 1st grant from the Max M and Marjorie S. Fisher Support Foundation

A co-sponsor of the 1st Annual APA – Division 32 National Conference: “Humanistic Psychotherapies for the 21st Century,” San Francisco, CA

2008 10 Year Anniversary of Kerry Moustakas Presidency

2010 Clark Moustakas receives Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions in Humanistic Psychology from the Society of Humanistic psychology – Division 32 at the 118th APA Conference in San Diego, CA

First Honorary Doctorate Degree awarded to State Senator Gilda Z. Jacobs for her contribution to Professional Psychology in Michigan

MiSPP Professor Emerita and Co-Founder, Cereta E. Perry died. The Cereta Perry Alumni Scholarship was created in her memory.

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