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An Award-Winning Book that Combines Catholic Christian Principles with Mental Health Practice has been Published by Divine Mercy University Press

Divine Mercy University Press (DMU Press) is excited to announce the publication of the textbook volume entitled A Catholic Christian Meta-Model of the Person: Integration with Psychology and Mental Health Practice. The volume integrates the insights of three wisdom traditions—the psychological sciences, philosophy, and theology—to provide a framework for understanding the person for application in mental health practice. The book received the 2020 Expanded Reason Award given by the Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger / Benedict XVI and Universidad Francisco de Vitoria Madrid.

The volume is a unifying framework for the integration of already-existing personality theories and therapeutic models. In addition, it enhances assessment, diagnosis, case conceptualization, and treatment planning by addressing eleven essential dimensions of the person needed in mental health practice aimed at healing and flourishing. The volume also explores how the “Meta-Model” framework can improve client care. Finally, it demonstrates how the Meta-Model assists mental health professionals to better understand how they can be faithful to their Christian identity as they serve all clients—Christians, persons from other faiths, and non-believers.

The editors of the volume are professors from Divine Mercy University: Dr. Paul C. Vitz, Dr. William Nordling, and Dr. Craig Steven Titus. Other contributors to the book include a multidisciplinary team of scholars that have worked together on the Meta-Model for 20 years.

“The editors and authors of this important book are re-capturing the essence of humanity based on Biblical principles, Catholic tradition, and natural law,” said Robert D. Enright, PhD, professor of Educational Psychology at University of Wisconsin-Madison. “They are reclaiming the objective essence of what it means to be a person. I highly recommend this work as one that will endure for many decades and probably for centuries.”

The volume was designed to educate and train professors, practitioners, and students in the mental health field to apply the “Meta-Model” framework in their clinical work and in psychological research. It also represents a significant contribution to theological and philosophical understandings of the person. 

To learn more about the volume, visit the DMU Press website at www.divinemercypress.store. The volume can be purchased via Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Watch a full interview of the editors speaking about the book:

For media requests or more information, contact Ebony Shamberger, Marketing and Communications Manager, at 703-719-4278 or communications@divinemercy.edu

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Divine Mercy University Press is committed to publishing significant books in areas relevant to the University’s mission, especially the areas of integrated psychology, psychology and faith, philosophical psychology, clinical psychology, and philosophical anthropology. The DMU Press has two series: The John Henry Cardinal Newman Series and The Monograph Series.

Divine Mercy University (DMU) is a Catholic graduate institution of higher education offering degree programs in psychology and counseling, founded in 1999 as the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. The university is dedicated to the scientific study of psychology with a Catholic understanding of the human person, marriage, and the family. The university offers Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Psychology and Counseling, and a Doctoral (Psy.D.) degree in Clinical Psychology.

Divine Mercy University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award masters and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Divine Mercy University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org)

The IPS doctoral program in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). *Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone (202)-336-5979 / Email: apaaccred@apa.org / Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Affordable Outpatient Mental Health Clinic to Host Open House

The newly relocated outpatient mental health clinic known as the IPS Center for Psychological Services will host two one-hour open house sessions on January 23 — with the first session in the morning at 9 a.m. and second session in the evening at 5:30 pm. All interested guests are encouraged to email ipscenter@divinemercy.edu to RSVP. (Members of the press are welcome.)

The clinic is part of the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program operated by the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) of Divine Mercy University (located at 45154 Underwood Lane in Sterling, Virginia). Trainees receive regular supervision from licensed psychologists — a practice consistent with the American Psychological Association’s accreditation requirements. 

During this event, guests will get an overview of the IPS Center’s affordable, professional mental health services for adults, adolescents, children, families and couples. There will also be a presentation about the client-clinician matching process, psychological assessments offered, and the sliding scale fee (based on individual/family income).

“We are very pleased to share the services of the IPS Center with residents of Loudoun County and the Northern Virginia community,” said Fr. Charles Sikorsky, L.C., president of Divine Mercy University. “The IPS Center has been providing affordable outpatient mental health services since 2000, and our relocation to Sterling will allow us to serve more clients who desire a holistic approach to therapy.”  

The IPS Center is committed to providing the community high-quality services consistent with a Catholic-Christian understanding of the person, marriage, and family life. At the heart of such treatment is a deep respect for the dignity of each person and a commitment to providing appropriate state-of-the-art services within the context of each individual’s culture, race, religion and gender. All services are provided on a confidential basis, as the IPS Center adheres to the strict guidelines of HIPAA and state laws.

“Our clinicians are trained to treat a variety of concerns including anxiety and panic disorders, relationship difficulties, and child behavior management,” said Dr. Helena Orellana, interim director of the IPS Center and licensed clinical psychologist. “One distinguishing feature to our training program is that our students receive instruction in child-centered play therapy and marital therapy. They also receive training in a wide variety of modalities including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and interpersonal theory.”  

The IPS Center accepts referrals from physicians, psychiatrists, educators, church leaders, mental health providers, social service professionals, and others. To schedule an appointment with a clinician, call (703) 418-2111. (Services are by appointment only. The IPS Center does not provide emergency services.)

To RSVP for the open house, email ipscenter@divinemercy.edu and include your first and last name, along with your desired session (either 9 a.m. or at 5:30 p.m.).   

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The IPS Center is an outpatient mental health facility providing clinical services to adults, adolescents, children, families and couples. Services are provided by doctoral students, closely supervised by licensed clinical psychologists. We are committed to providing the community with high quality, affordable mental health services that incorporates an understanding of the emotional, biological, social, spiritual and psychological aspects of a person. Clients of any faith or background are welcome.

For more information, contact Marketing and Communications Manager Ebony Shamberger at 703-416-1441 x115 or communications@divinemercy.edu.

Report Shows Psy.D. Program Listed Among U.S. Best

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program at Divine Mercy University has been ranked one of the best Psy.D. programs in the United States.

Pictured Left: Psy.D. 2019 Cohort

PsyDPrograms.org, a leading online social community for graduate-level psychology students, ranked over 80 APA-accredited Doctorate of Psychology degree programs. Factors considered included affordability, completion time, degrees conferred, and internship placement. The Institute for the Psychological Sciences’ (IPS) Psy.D. program, housed within Divine Mercy University (DMU), ranked 38th out of the top 50 programs.

According to PsyDPrograms.org, “All schools were sourced directly using the data set available through the APA.org website. For prospective psychologists, the APA accreditation assures the educational and professional communities that a program meets certain basic quality levels and industry standards.”

Among the 50 programs, the IPS Psy.D. degree at DMU is unique as it is based upon the latest advances in evidence-based practice, research, and theory, while incorporating principles of a Catholic-Christian understanding of the human person. 

“The faculty at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences takes pride in preparing our students for the rigors and opportunities inherent in the profession of clinical psychology,” said Dr. Suzanne Hollman, IPS dean. “It is our hope that each student who graduates from the Psy.D. program will, through our commitment to academic excellence and science-based practice,  help further our mission to relieve human suffering in all its permutations.” 

The Psy.D. program currently has 65 students and 66 alumni. Students have received training through externships and internships at various sites, including St Elizabeth’s Hospital, Children’s National Medical Center, Catholic Charities, and Veterans Affairs. The PsyD candidates  have also defended dissertations on a wide range of topics that contributes new research to the world of academia.

“On behalf of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences at Divine Mercy University (DMU),” said Fr. Charles Sikorsky, L.C., J.D., J.C.L., president of DMU, “I would like to say that we are grateful and proud that our Psy.D. program is considered one of the best in the country. The hard work of our faculty, students, alumni and staff has made this possible and we will continue to strengthen and develop our program in the future. 

“Our distinctive blend of the best of science with the best of Christian thought about the nature and destiny of the human person enriches the study of psychology and uniquely prepares our students for the challenges and opportunities of contemporary practice.”

Applicants of the program can apply online at the following link:  enroll.divinemercy.edu/psy-d-in-clinical-psychology/apply-now/.

For additional information about the Psy.D. program, contact a representative at 703-416-1441 or admissions@divinemercy.edu.

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Divine Mercy University (DMU) is a Catholic graduate institution of higher education offering degree programs in psychology and counseling, founded in 1999 as the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. The university is dedicated to the scientific study of psychology with a Catholic understanding of the human person , marriage, and the family. The university offers Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Psychology and Counseling, and the Doctoral (Psy.D.) degree in Clinical Psychology.

Divine Mercy University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award masters and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Divine Mercy University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org)

 The IPS doctoral program in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). *Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone (202)-336-5979 / Email: apaaccred@apa.orgWeb: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

For more information, contact Marketing and Communications Manager Ebony Shamberger at 703-416-1441 x115 or communications@divinemercy.edu.

Divine Mercy University Celebrates 20th Year Anniversary

Divine Mercy University (DMU) will kick off its 20th year anniversary with the dedication of its new campus, President’s Picnic, and Mass on September 8th from 2pm to 7pm. The event will take place at the university’s new campus, located at 45154 Underwood Lane in Sterling, Virginia. (RSVP here)

Bishop Michael Burbidge (Diocese of Arlington) is scheduled to lead Mass and bless the building. Additional anticipated guests include Board of Supervisors Chair at Large Phyllis J. Randall (Loudoun County, VA) and local county officials.  

“This event signifies a monumental moment that reminds us of God’s providence,” said Fr. Charles Sikorsky, L.C., J.D., J.C.L., president of Divine Mercy University. “Our university’s ability to launch a new academic program, gain and maintain accreditation status, and transform from a dozen students to nearly 400 is a reflection of His unfailing guidance along the way. We are here to not only serve the local community with open arms, but we also want to help our neighbors flourish through educational enrichment, spiritual growth and business partnerships.” 

In 2016, the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) expanded into a university when it added the Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in clinical mental health counseling, offered as a hybrid, online degree program. The IPS, or School of Psychology, offers two degree programs: the online Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology and the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology. Since achieving university status, DMU has had steady enrollment growth in each program — 45% (M.S. in Counseling), 20% (M.S. in Psychology), and 18% (Psy.D.). 

“We are grateful to be at this point in the journey,” said Dr. Harvey Payne, academic dean for the School of Counseling. “In the fall of 2016 we started the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program with 21 students and four full-time faculty. Today we have almost 170 students and approximately 30 faculty and staff. Our first graduates in May have all been offered jobs in professional counseling. The stories of our students’ own personal and professional development and the hope of lives changed due to their vocation of counseling inspires us each and every day.”

Dr. Suzanne Hollman, academic dean for IPS, shares equal excitement for the university’s continued success. “It is a privilege to know that we are equipping our students to assist those who experience anxiety, depression, marital conflict, childhood trauma, and other mental health challenges. Through our curriculum, we equip our students with evidence based theory, and we provide practical experience through our clinic, internships, and externships. Through this combination of science and practice, we can proudly say that our students are effectively prepared to go into the field and help those who are suffering.”

The IPS Center is the university’s outpatient mental health facility that provides clinical services to adults, adolescents, children, families, and couples. Services are provided by advanced doctoral students, closely supervised by licensed clinical psychologists, and clinical psychologists who are members of the clinical faculty.

The university’s 2019 – 2020 efforts include hosting special events to celebrate the 20th year anniversary, offering tuition benefits–including $1.6 million in scholarships anticipated for this school year–and efforts to build an on-site chapel.

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Divine Mercy University (DMU) is a Catholic graduate institution of higher education offering degree programs in psychology and counseling, founded in 1999 as the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. The university is dedicated to the scientific study of psychology with a Catholic understanding of the human person, marriage, and the family. The university offers Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Psychology and Counseling and the Doctoral (Psy.D.) degree in Clinical Psychology.

Divine Mercy University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award masters and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Divine Mercy University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org)

The IPS doctoral program in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). *Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone (202)-336-5979 / Email: apaaccred@apa.org / Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation  

For more information, contact Director of Marketing Rose Gebken at 703-416-1441 x132 or communications@divinemercy.edu.

We’re Excited to Announce the Launch of our Blog!

At Divine Mercy University, we take pride in providing educational resources to our students, alumni, faculty, staff and advocates.

We also understand the importance of sharing our stories to highlight the impact of psychology and counseling.

That’s why we decided to develop a blog just for you!

The blog is broken up into 4 sections:

  1. Features of students and faculty
  2. Answers to questions you Ask DMU
  3. Career Tips and industry trends
  4. Our Channel of videos

Look out for new content every month to read about our latest happenings.

Featured Blog Posts:

Newman Lecture Series Continues
On Thursday, January 25, George Mason University Professor of Law Helen Alvaré gave a dynamic presentation to students, faculty and local professionals on “Legal Foundations and History of Male/Female in Jurisprudence.” Read more

 

 

An Interview with the Dean: School of Counseling
As Academic Dean for the School of Counseling at Divine Mercy University, Dr. Harvey Payne helps position students to become licensed counselors who later provide therapy for people worldwide. Read more

 

 

What Jobs Can I Get with a Psychology Degree?
An education in psychology can present you with many job opportunities. Besides the all-too-familiar role as a psychologist, there are countless other jobs. Read more

 

 

Want to contribute to the blog? Send an email with your topic suggestion(s) to communications@divinemercy.edu.