Divine Mercy University

Divine Mercy University Divine Mercy University is a Catholic graduate school of psychology and counseling located in Arlington, VA. Founded in 1999 in Arlington, VA as the Institute for the Psychological Science, Divine Mercy University now comprises of two schools: IPS (School of Psychology) and the School of Counseling.
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DMU offers a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, M.S. in Psychology (online) and M.S. in Counseling (online).

Mission: Divine Mercy University is an institution of higher education offering Master’s and Doctoral degrees. It is affiliated with the Legionaries of Christ. DMU is dedicated to the renewal of the Catholic Christian intellectual tradition and the integration of the theoretical and empirical bases of psychology and a Catholic view of the human person. DMU seeks to provide students an effective academic and educational environment that supports the integration of the psychological sciences and a Catholic understanding of the person through teaching and learning both knowledge and necessary clinical skills. It assists students intellectually and professionally as they prepare themselves to respond to their vocation as mental health professionals. DMU’s mission also involves dialogue about its integrative approach with practioners and scholars, nationally and internationally.

The Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies (CTRS) is dedicated to empowering helping professionals with the necessary ...
08/10/2020

The Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies (CTRS) is dedicated to empowering helping professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to help people heal from trauma.

On August 28 and 29, the CTRS is offering Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Level 2 training on campus (in Virginia). Register now to participate: https://divinemercy.edu/ctrs/ctrs-registration/

Great tips for successful online learning! 💻📚
08/07/2020
How To Get The Most Out Of Virtual Learning

Great tips for successful online learning! 💻📚

By Emily Reynolds. Virtual learning seems likely to be the norm for the near future. Here’s our digest of psychologically-informed tips to get the most out of it.

08/06/2020
Editor Announces Publication of CCMMP Textbook

Hours after the book, A Catholic Christian Meta-Model of the Person, arrived on Divine Mercy University campus, co-editor Paul C. Vitz gave a sneak peek of the book during a filming with co-editors William J. Nordling and Craig Steven Titus. It is a product of many years of research and collaboration.

The Meta-Model book will make a serious contribution to the integration of faith, psychology, and mental health practice. Buy your copy today at: https://www.divinemercypress.store/purchase

Watch the announcement video: https://youtu.be/L8Mcq2fveCI

Spiritual Direction Certificate Program DMU RC
08/05/2020
Spiritual Direction Certificate Program DMU RC

Spiritual Direction Certificate Program DMU RC

"Since direction involves a relationship between the director and directee, both of whom are tasked with listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, it requires both parties to do their part to make
spiritual direction a place of growth, healing, and discernment."

Read more:

Best Practice Highlights for Treating Diverse Patient Populations (Via American Psychiatric Association) http://ow.ly/AL...
08/04/2020

Best Practice Highlights for Treating Diverse Patient Populations (Via American Psychiatric Association) http://ow.ly/ALd550AQBky

Over 20 years ago, Divine Mercy University (DMU) was just an idea held in the mind of Founding Dean Dr. Gladys Sweeney. ...
07/31/2020

Over 20 years ago, Divine Mercy University (DMU) was just an idea held in the mind of Founding Dean Dr. Gladys Sweeney. Yet, with the help of dedicated faculty and staff, sincere prayer, and a few miracles sprinkled in along the way, an idea grew to become an accredited university with nearly 400 students.

Take a virtual walk down memory lane by watching our newly released mini-documentary that captures the history, mission and unique Catholic-Christian approach to mental health practice that DMU offers. Watch the full documentary: https://youtu.be/nwC7pXt5_AI

[Throwback Thursday] Are you a mental health professional in need of a refresher on the signs and symptoms of mood disor...
07/30/2020
Signs & Stressors: Depression & Bipolar | Mind & Spirit

[Throwback Thursday] Are you a mental health professional in need of a refresher on the signs and symptoms of mood disorders? Or maybe you are a clergy member or teacher and would find it helpful to know when someone is in need of psychological help?

In this presentation titled "Signs & Symptoms: Depression and Bipolar," Professor Dr. Lisa Klewicki provides an overview of mood disorders, including depression, manic or hypomanic episodes, and bipolar disorder and makes use of movie clips to illustrate some of the commons symptoms and stressors in the development of mood disorders.

Watch the full presentation: http://mindspirit.com/signs-stressors-depression-bipolar/

In this presentation, Dr. Lisa Klewicki provides an overview of the mood disorders, including depression, manic or hypomanic episodes, and bipolar disorder. She covers the symptoms of these disorders and some common stressors associated with the development of the mood disorders. Dr. Klewick uses mo...

The application deadline for the Spiritual Direction Certificate program is quickly approaching. Start your application ...
07/29/2020

The application deadline for the Spiritual Direction Certificate program is quickly approaching. Start your application today to be considered for the Fall cohort! https://www.sdc-divinemercy.org/application

Did you know that Vitamin D is essential for your physical and mental health? It has anti-inflammatory properties that h...
07/29/2020
3 Surprising Benefits of Vitamin D

Did you know that Vitamin D is essential for your physical and mental health? It has anti-inflammatory properties that help fight against disease, regulate mood, and support weight loss. Be sure to spend time out in the sun ☀️ and eat fish like salmon 🐟 to get your daily dose of Vitamin D. Learn more via Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/benefits-vitamin-d#reduces-depression

Produced in response to sunlight hitting your skin, Vitamin D helps keep your immune system in top shape. Here are three benefits of Vitamin D that may surprise you, including that it helps you fight depression. Learn more about how to avoid a vitamin D deficiency and what foods you can eat to boost...

We're excited to announce that the new mini-documentary video, detailing the history of Divine Mercy University (DMU), i...
07/28/2020

We're excited to announce that the new mini-documentary video, detailing the history of Divine Mercy University (DMU), is now officially ready for public viewing!

Originally known as the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, established in 1999, DMU has grown in student enrollment and in its impact on academia and mental health practice -- worldwide.

We'd like to thank current and previous faculty, staff, students, donors, and friends for helping turn the "impossible" into a reality!

Join us on Friday, July 31st at 12pm ET to watch our mini-documentary "A Faith Driven Mission: Forming Future Mental Health and Spiritual Leaders." Register today: http://ow.ly/GPSW50AKy2a

Here's a word from Thomas A. Cronquist, our dedicated Director of Institutional Advancement: "Divine Mercy University ha...
07/28/2020

Here's a word from Thomas A. Cronquist, our dedicated Director of Institutional Advancement:

"Divine Mercy University has an extraordinary mission to prepare mental health professionals who understand the true dignity of the human person created in the image and likeness of God.

"In today's world, there are countless cases of suffering due to illness, trauma, violence, economic hardship, depression and so much more. The counselors and therapists who have graduated from DMU know that to bring hope and healing to those in need they must respect the psychological as well as the spiritual dimension of the person.

"Please consider making a donation to DMU so that we can continue our mission, so urgently needed today. I am happy to announce that a generous donor has recently pledged to match contributions through September 1st, which means your gift would be doubled! Thank you for your prayers and financial support!"

Make a generous contribution today: https://divinemercy.edu/supportdmu/

[Throwback Thursday] In his engaging presentation, "Aging with Grace: How to Take the ‘Crisis’ Out of Mid-Life," Profess...
07/23/2020
Aging with Grace: How to Take the 'Crisis' Out of Mid-Life | Mind & Spirit

[Throwback Thursday] In his engaging presentation, "Aging with Grace: How to Take the ‘Crisis’ Out of Mid-Life," Professor Philip Scrofani, Ph.D., ABPP, explains why so many Americans perceive aging in a negative light, and how a Catholic Christian vision of the human person adds a positive, transcendent dimension to the aging process.

Watch the full video (via Mind&Spirit): http://ow.ly/92iB50AGkrC

Dr. Philip Scrofani, ABPP, explains why so many Americans perceive aging in a negative light, and counters with a Christian model that adds a positive, transcendent dimension to the aging process.

[Free event for students - Use your school email address to register] On Friday, July 24, the DC Psychological Associati...
07/22/2020

[Free event for students - Use your school email address to register]

On Friday, July 24, the DC Psychological Association will be offering a workshop entitled, "Psychotherapy in Black & White: Anti-Black Racism in Black Client/White Therapist and Black Therapist/White Client Dyads," which will review the research on black-white interpersonal dynamics and how they relate to therapeutic work.

The presenter Dr. Laurie Paul has dedicated her research to understanding how clients and therapists negotiate racial, ethnic, and cultural differences in psychotherapy.

Workshop attendees will be eligible for APA approved CE Credits. Learn more: http://www.dcpsychology.org/event-3881103

Did you miss our virtual graduation ceremony? Watch the full recording to hear encouraging words from our president and ...
07/21/2020

Did you miss our virtual graduation ceremony? Watch the full recording to hear encouraging words from our president and guest speakers. http://ow.ly/2hiL50AE7pr

Submit your application for the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health  Counseling program by Wednesday, July 22 to...
07/20/2020

Submit your application for the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program by Wednesday, July 22 to be considered for the Fall 2020 cohort. Scholarships are available!

Apply now: http://ow.ly/2oDy50ADp5u

Learn more: http://ow.ly/xWuL50ADp5w

Jessie Tappel and her colleagues have noticed a set of common symptoms reported by their patients since the onset of the...
07/17/2020

Jessie Tappel and her colleagues have noticed a set of common symptoms reported by their patients since the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: Among them are increased rates of depression and anxiety, high levels of stress, the resurgence of addictive behavior, and symptoms usually associated with grief.

“Many patients have lost weddings, funerals, graduations, jobs, and health” she noted. “They are making huge sacrifices during a time of crisis and general instability.”

Tappel, a licensed professional counselor for the Alpha Omega Clinic in Bethesda, Maryland, and a member of the clinical faculty at Divine Mercy University in Sterling, Virginia, has also seen an uptick in what she terms “compassion fatigue,” or exhaustion that results from failing to care for oneself in order to meet the needs of others.

Read more (via Angelus News): http://ow.ly/WWNw50ABt9O

In this video, editors of the volume Catholic Christian Meta-Model of the Person (Divine Mercy University Press, 2020) t...
07/16/2020

In this video, editors of the volume Catholic Christian Meta-Model of the Person (Divine Mercy University Press, 2020) talk about the three main elements of the meta-model -- theology, philosophy and psychology. They also explain how it is different from existing models because of its emphasis on virtues and vocations. Additionally, they share how the meta-model can help improve clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health clients.

Watch the full video: https://youtu.be/wQWEYPjKosY

Editors: Paul C. Vitz, William J. Nordling, and Craig Steven Titus

We’re excited to announce that the Master’s in Psychology (MSP) degree can now be completed in as little as 16 or 20 mon...
07/13/2020

We’re excited to announce that the Master’s in Psychology (MSP) degree can now be completed in as little as 16 or 20 months, versus the original 28 months. This means you can earn your degree 8 to 12 months sooner! You can also save nearly $3000 on the total cost of tuition by enrolling in the 16-month MSP Fast-Track!

The MSP Fast-Track study options are available to students with a strong academic background with the ability to devote considerable time each week to the program. This track will allow you to double up courses four to five times during the program. When students take two classes during the same term, the second course will receive a 25% discount!

For more information, visit the appropriate web page:
- Program Information: https://divinemercy.edu/m-s-psychology-online/?frm=DMUFacebook
- Application: https://enroll.divinemercy.edu/m-s-in-psychology/apply-now/?frm=DMUFacebook

The sun is out and summer is here! ☀️ Are you taking advantage of it? There are numerous physical and psychological bene...
07/10/2020

The sun is out and summer is here! ☀️ Are you taking advantage of it? There are numerous physical and psychological benefits of exercise 🏋️, yet it is sometimes easier to stay indoors. 🏠 Why is that? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention answers that question in their tips on "Overcoming Barriers to Physical Activity." Read more: http://ow.ly/rTJd50Av5gk

Parish leaders are encouraged to pursue an online Master’s Degree in Psychology to:- Gain leadership skills to effective...
07/07/2020

Parish leaders are encouraged to pursue an online Master’s Degree in Psychology to:
- Gain leadership skills to effectively shepherd your flock
- Foster a deeper understanding of your parishioners
- Learn how to guide others who are suffering from anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges

Learn more about the program: http://ow.ly/yjLH50ArRsw [Repost to share with parish leaders]

07/06/2020
The Secret to Happiness: Living for Others

Happy Monday! 🤗 To kick off our week, here's a short video from Fr. Spitzer on the secret to happiness: https://youtu.be/iwTgi0FvRC8 (via The Magis Center)

In this clip*, Fr. Spitzer describes level 3 happiness, the happiness of living for others. Level 3 happiness enabled Viktor Frankl, author of "Man's Search ...

Are you passionate about helping others? Do you desire to learn about the truth of the human person from the perspective...
07/02/2020

Are you passionate about helping others? Do you desire to learn about the truth of the human person from the perspective of science-based psychology with a Catholic-Christian approach? Learn about our online Master's in Psychology program to effectively help others and to tap into a new realm of understanding the human person: http://ow.ly/JhMB50AiZQL

Apply before July 17th to qualify for our $1500 Early Admission Scholarship! http://ow.ly/JhP650AiZQM

The purpose of this event (hosted by the DC Psychological Association) will be for black therapists to process and share...
07/01/2020

The purpose of this event (hosted by the DC Psychological Association) will be for black therapists to process and share experiences, while also reminding and recentering on resilience and community. Register here: http://ow.ly/nzHT50AmZVG

Earning a college degree is never easy, whether you pursue it while on active duty, in the reserves, or after you have l...
06/30/2020

Earning a college degree is never easy, whether you pursue it while on active duty, in the reserves, or after you have left military service. But two service members who attended Divine Mercy University (DMU) explain why the same skills you worked so hard to master in the military, also lead to student success in the classroom.

"I think there’s been a lot of support from the [DMU] administration, professors and also fellow students," said Army Reserve
First Lieutenant Kristen Long. "And knowing there are other veterans, being able to just have a shared understanding or ethics."

“College or graduate school is an investment of your time and intellect," said Coast Guard Lt. Noelle Kitenko, "but you will reap the benefits not only on your resume and post-military career, but also as a wife, husband, or parent.”

Read the full article via Military Families Magazine: http://ow.ly/wtM850AlTYO

Your desire to become a clinical mental health counselor can make a major impact on the world! This degree could help he...
06/29/2020

Your desire to become a clinical mental health counselor can make a major impact on the world! This degree could help heal the wounds of those suffering from trauma, depression, marital conflict, drug abuse and more!

Apply for the Master's in Counseling program before midnight on June 30th to qualify for one of many $2500 scholarships! http://ow.ly/UZq950Al6ql

In an interview with Max Bonilla, SSL, STD, International Director of the Open Reason Institute at the Universidad Franc...
06/23/2020

In an interview with Max Bonilla, SSL, STD, International Director of the Open Reason Institute at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid, Dr. Vitz shares his thoughts on the consequences that COVID-19's social distancing has on the health and well-being of people. He encourages viewers to practice forgiveness and discusses how the psychology of interpersonal-hatred relates to the current pandemic. Watch the full interview: https://youtu.be/wmdIqriwXyY [via Expanded Reason Awards]

Today marks the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Director of the Spiritual Direction Certificate, Fr. Robert ...
06/19/2020

Today marks the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Director of the Spiritual Direction Certificate, Fr. Robert Presutti, reminds us of the significance of this great devotion:

"Scripture gives us glimpses and insights into the unfathomable depth of love that resides in the heart of our God. In Christ, God-become-man, these glimpses and insights of divine love are given wondrous human expression. For this reason, Christians throughout the generations have honored the heart of Jesus, His Sacred Heart, as a fountainhead of inexhaustible Divine Love, the source of our salvation and well-being."

Read the rest of his reflection: http://ow.ly/OKSt50AcIIE

06/19/2020
Throwback: Dr. Paul Vitz, Sr. Patrice Ahearn, RSM and Dr. Gladys Sweeney

We're excited to have 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, Sr. Mary Patrice Ahearn, RSM, join us for tomorrow's Virtual Graduation Ceremony. Here's a throwback picture of her (center) with Senior Scholar Dr. Paul Vitz (left) and DMU's founder Dr. Gladys Sweeney (right).

We recently received this encouraging message from Courtney Minerd: "Many prayers for the graduating class and praise to God for their dedication to service!

"I had the great privilege of interviewing for an internship alongside Sr. Mary Patrice Ahearn, RSM in Nebraska in 2012. Her affable nature, charity and poise made a lasting impression. Such a joy to run across her name again! May her and all of her colleagues from DMU be blessed in their good work!"

RSVP for the Virtual Graduation Ceremony: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/2115919090371/WN_QDcBUixSTP-zzyoKEkxZig

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