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DMU and McLean Hospital Launch Three-Year Strategic Collaboration Agreement

Divine Mercy University (DMU) has entered into a strategic collaboration agreement with McLean Hospital. Founded in 1811, McLean Hospital is a leader in psychiatric care, research, training, and advocacy, and is the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

This new strategic collaboration is the fruit of a generous grant from the Orange Crimson Foundation and the result of a series of meetings held over the last fifteen months. Both institutions have experienced these collegial interactions in an overwhelmingly positive manner, learning from each other and developing a strong and friendly rapport.

The collaboration will consist of three principal areas:

The initial period of the collaboration will be for a period of three years and work will begin during the 2020-21 school year.  Dr. Scott L. Rauch, McLean Hospital’s President and Psychiatrist in Chief commented on the project, “It has been our great pleasure to discover, along with the DMU team, the significant synergies between our approaches toward improving the lives of people and families affected by psychiatric illness. We see this as an opportunity to grow our services and help many more mental health providers deliver evidence-based care to their communities.”

The joint research efforts will involve DMU students and faculty and McLean Hospital’s Spirituality and Mental Health Program, which is led by Dr. David H. Rosmarin.  Studies have shown that more than 50% of patients receiving medical or psychological care express a desire to discuss spiritual matters with their health care providers. However, traditional psychiatric and psychological training does not include instruction around spiritual matters, and absent a strong evidence base, it is unlikely that many providers will adopt a provision for spiritually-inflected care. “I am truly excited to partner with DMU, a global educational leader in integrating a theological framework into mental healthcare, with a steady cadre of students eager to make research contributions toward this effort,” said Dr. Rosmarin.

I could not be more excited about the opportunities this presents for our students and faculty in regard to clinical training and research, and for the broader fulfillment of our mission in all of our programs. McLean Hospital’s scientific expertise is second to none and their ground-breaking work on studies relating spirituality to mental health blends perfectly with our unique mission.

Fr. Charles Sikorsky, LC, JD, JCL

President, Divine Mercy University

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

DMU Offers Tuition Reduction to the Archdiocese for the Military Services

Divine Mercy University (DMU) is excited to announce its partnership with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). DMU will offer tuition reductions to AMS for its online psychology and counseling degree programs.

The purpose of this partnership is to provide financial support to chaplains and laity who desire to provide mental health services for military personnel and their families.

“This new collaboration with Divine Mercy University emphasizes the importance of sustaining the particular pastoral needs for those serving in the military,” said Dr. Mark Moitoza, Vice Chancellor for Evangelization for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. “The focus on psychological and spiritual healing, through the lens of our Catholic tradition, promotes both individual and communal growth.

“Extending tuition discounts prepares men and women who understand the culture of military life to care for those in need. Through compassion, experience, and knowledge they will serve to bridge the multiple experiences of alienation caused by trauma. The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, is grateful to the Divine Mercy University staff and donors who generously support these crucial efforts.”

This partnership comes at a time of high concern for service members.

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website, “More than 1.7 million Veterans received treatment in a VA mental health specialty program in fiscal year 2018.” The National Alliance on Mental Illness website cites a study, published by the American Medical Association, that shows the rate of PTSD for active duty service members 15 times higher than civilians and the rate of depression five times higher.

Furthermore, the 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report shows that out of 45,390 American adults who died from suicide in 2017, 6,139 (almost 14%) were U.S. veterans.

“Our mission at DMU is to educate the general public about mental health and train students who are passionate about helping heal the wounds of those living with a trauma or another emotional or mental struggle,” said Fr. Charles Sikorsky, L.C., J.D., J.C.L., president of DMU. “This partnership with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA,  is an attempt to provide the necessary resources for active and non-active service members to flourish after serving our great country. By increasing access to our online degree programs to chaplains and laity who come in regular contact with veterans, we are one step closer to satisfying the great need for mental health care across the world.”

In addition to tuition reduction available through this partnership, all degree programs* offered at Divine Mercy University have been approved for:

*Please note these reductions do not include workshops or programs offered by the Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies or the Spiritual Direction Certificate Program.

The university also offers the Patriot Scholarship for students enrolling in a new program of study who are eligible veterans, spouse/dependents, active duty military, reservists, and/or retired military.

If you or someone you know is a veteran in crisis, support is available 24/7 through the Veterans Crisis Line [dial 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1] or via chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat.

For additional information on the partnership and how to apply to receive the tuition reduction with Divine Mercy University, contact our Admissions Representatives at 703-416-1441 or admissions@divinemercy.edu. You can also request specific degree information at enroll.divinemercy.edu/?frm=AMS.

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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 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

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.