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Press Release

MSPP Gala on May 2 is huge succesS

Raises funds for School’s Psychological Assessment Center

May 5, 2008 –Boston (West Roxbury), MA—Three hundred friends and alumni of Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology gathered for the 2008 Annual MSPP Gala on Friday, May 2, 2008, raising about $90,000 for the Dr. Leon O. Brenner Psychological Assessment and Consultation Center at MSPP.

The Gala also a time to honor mental health professionals who have had an impact on the professional community and the community at large. 

According to MSPP President Nicholas Covino who welcomed the Brenner family and the crowd of supporters at the Newton Marriott on Friday night, the Brenner Center is a worthy cause. “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 said.

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. 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.

The gala was also an opportunity for MSPP to recognize outstanding members of the Boston mental health provider community. Those honored that night included 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 received 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 went 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 was presented to Howard S. King, MD, MPH, a revered pediatrician who has devoted his career to ensuring 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 5/20/08

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