Divine Mercy University

Divine Mercy University Divine Mercy University is a Catholic graduate school of psychology and counseling located in Arlington, VA.
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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. 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.

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01/09/2020

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In response to the death of Bryce Gowdy, the teenager who jumped in front of a train to a tragic death before going to G...
01/08/2020

In response to the death of Bryce Gowdy, the teenager who jumped in front of a train to a tragic death before going to Georgia Tech with a football scholarship, Fireflies Unite: Healthy Minds shared these tips for helping a suicidal person. Please remember these tips, share them, and keep this young boy's family in prayer. 🙏

Fun Fact: Our Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology students complete a minimum of 1,800 hours of clinica...
01/07/2020

Fun Fact: Our Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology students complete a minimum of 1,800 hours of clinical externship (with the initial year of practicum training occurring in the IPS Center for the Psychological Services and additional training occurring in both secular and nonsecular off-site clinical settings)

This is ample experience that prepares students to become professional psychologists or mental health experts!

Join us to learn about the newly relocated outpatient mental health clinic known as the IPS Center for Psychological Ser...
01/06/2020

Join us to learn about the newly relocated outpatient mental health clinic known as the IPS Center for Psychological Services, located on Divine Mercy University’s campus.

Send an email to [email protected] to RSVP! (Please include the time you would like to attend -- 9am or 5:30pm) We look forward to seeing you then!

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In September of 2018, Fr. Steven Costello ended his term as Divine Mercy University’s chaplain in order to focus on comp...
01/03/2020

In September of 2018, Fr. Steven Costello ended his term as Divine Mercy University’s chaplain in order to focus on completing his studies at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies in Washington, D.C.

His absence was noticeable but short-lived, as he returned to DMU the following summer. But, in addition to returning to his role as university chaplain, Fr. Steven has taken on a new role: serving as a member of the faculty.

As he nears the halfway point to his first year as a professor, we sat down with Fr. Steven to talk about his return and his new role at the university. Read more: http://ow.ly/mBQ750xMpKN

Spirituality and therapy don't have to be mutually exclusive. Learn how you can become a counselor or psychologist with ...
01/02/2020

Spirituality and therapy don't have to be mutually exclusive. Learn how you can become a counselor or psychologist with a Catholic-Christian understanding of the human person. http://ow.ly/zzSX50xDNRw #SLS20 #DMUatSLS20

Last year, we gave away over $1 million worth of scholarships. Join a university that cares about your financial freedom...
12/31/2019

Last year, we gave away over $1 million worth of scholarships. Join a university that cares about your financial freedom. Visit booth 933!

View full list of scholarships: divinemercy.edu/scholarships

#SLS20 #DMUatSLS20

Faith, Reason, and Action are combined in the academic excellence of our graduate degree programs. Find out how you can ...
12/30/2019

Faith, Reason, and Action are combined in the academic excellence of our graduate degree programs. Find out how you can gain an integrated degree. Visit booth 933! #SLS20 #DMUatSLS20

We wish you and your family a very happy and blessed Christmas! We pray that the celebration of the birth of Jesus Chris...
12/25/2019

We wish you and your family a very happy and blessed Christmas! We pray that the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ today fills your heart with peace, love, and happiness!

🎵 Come, let us adore Him!

As we find ourselves preparing for holiday celebrations, we may need a moment to sit down and reflect on WHY we celebrat...
12/22/2019

As we find ourselves preparing for holiday celebrations, we may need a moment to sit down and reflect on WHY we celebrate. Here's that moment: http://ow.ly/EtuY50xCiKz

In this on-demand webinar, Fr. Robert Presutti, L.C., director of the Spiritual Direction Certificate Program, discusses...
12/20/2019

In this on-demand webinar, Fr. Robert Presutti, L.C., director of the Spiritual Direction Certificate Program, discusses the unique benefits of incorporating the psychological sciences into spiritual direction. Watch now: http://ow.ly/kv1f50xEgwi

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our community project for LINC (Linking Individuals and Navigating Care). Similar ...
12/20/2019

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our community project for LINC (Linking Individuals and Navigating Care). Similar to our mission, LINC is a non-profit organization that helps people living with serious mental health issues.

According to the Loudoun County Health Department website, "LINC's goal is to help young people and their families understand and manage symptoms of mental illness, while also building skills and supports that allow them to be successful in work, school, and life in general." The program is funded through a grant from the Virginia Dept. of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS).

Learn more: https://www.loudoun.gov/3662/LINC-Linking-Individuals-Navigating-Care

Positive psychology is a field that explores how ordinary people can become happier and more fulfilled. Despite this, Ma...
12/19/2019

Positive psychology is a field that explores how ordinary people can become happier and more fulfilled. Despite this, Martin Seligman, the godfather of positive psychology, knows that being a happy-go-lucky individual is largely a matter of genetics.

Read more: http://ow.ly/Uivb50xChuk

12/17/2019

Psychodynamic therapy, created by Sigmund Freud, is a useful method in the mental health field for anxiety, depression, and trauma. The theory is based on his belief that childhood events have major influence on adult lives, such as our personality.

The iceberg analogy describes three levels of the mind: conscious, preconscious, and unconscious.

Learn more: http://ow.ly/dj0350xCcWL

As we approach the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, remember to prioritize your mental health during this Adven...
12/15/2019

As we approach the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, remember to prioritize your mental health during this Advent season! 🧠👩🏻‍⚕️🙏

When Depression Meets OCD: Understanding Rumination, “a style of thought rather than just negative content … defined by ...
12/13/2019
When Depression Meets OCD: Understanding Rumination

When Depression Meets OCD: Understanding Rumination, “a style of thought rather than just negative content … defined by the process of recurring thoughts and ideas often described as a ‘recycling’ of thoughts”

Read more: http://ow.ly/rx6s50xzGNp

Persistent OCD can lead to despair; so can depressive thoughts produce anxiety.

Our online Master's in Psychology program allows students to live flexible lives, while still getting steady support fro...
12/11/2019

Our online Master's in Psychology program allows students to live flexible lives, while still getting steady support from faculty and staff. Here's what a student recently shared with her Admissions Advisor:

"I have truly been enjoying the program and I have been blessed to have found this pathway to further my education through DMU. Since starting in May, it has been a new challenge, but a wonderful journey.

"I remember during my interview process for admission that [my Admissions Advisor] encouraged me to start a new chapter after I had suffered a miscarriage as a way to continue healing. I am happy to share that I am 23 weeks along with a baby boy that we hope to welcome in April 2020. While that may bring on a new challenge, I have been blessed with such compassionate professors and an advisor who are all understanding and are helping me along the way to accommodate classes along my journey. With God anything is possible and I won’t be the first person to have a baby while in grad school so I know I can still reach my goal!"

🎶 It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas 🎶 Stopping by the library to study will bring you good cheer!
12/06/2019

🎶 It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas 🎶 Stopping by the library to study will bring you good cheer!

As we focus on caring for ourselves this holiday season, taking time out of our busy lives to volunteer and help complet...
12/06/2019

As we focus on caring for ourselves this holiday season, taking time out of our busy lives to volunteer and help complete strangers may seem like less of a priority -- with little to no return.

However, according to a poll conducted by the Mental Health Foundation, 80% of people agreed that being kind has a positive influence on their own health, and 87% said that they felt good after being kind and adopting a positive self-identity as a ‘good’ person.

Read more: http://ow.ly/SoNV50xtHTl

Does Media Induce Individuals with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) To Have Plastic Surgery? Comment below before reading ...
12/05/2019

Does Media Induce Individuals with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) To Have Plastic Surgery?

Comment below before reading the article:
http://ow.ly/T00u50xqNXU

Have you seen our 2019 Annual Report? Check it out to learn about our university's growth, historic milestones, faculty ...
12/04/2019

Have you seen our 2019 Annual Report? Check it out to learn about our university's growth, historic milestones, faculty interviews and more!

Here's a quote (shared on page 6) from Daniel A. D’Aniello, the 2019 commencement speaker.

Read the report: http://ow.ly/DQjm50xrXwH

According to a study by HerCampus.com, 51% of college students have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Despite the...
12/03/2019
Anxiety on Campus: Feeling Seen & Speaking Out

According to a study by HerCampus.com, 51% of college students have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Despite their diagnosis, they find it difficult to get the proper treatment due to "time constraints" (54%), financial reasons (46%), and difficult appointment processes (45%). Read more to learn about the study:
http://ow.ly/TDlu50xqM5O

Anxiety on Campus: Feeling Seen & Speaking Out — stories from college students and advice from experts.

As you prepare for Thanksgiving festivities later this week, take a moment to learn practical ways you can overcome the ...
11/25/2019

As you prepare for Thanksgiving festivities later this week, take a moment to learn practical ways you can overcome the holiday blues. http://ow.ly/KQxz50x2sAY

Miscarriage is a tragedy that 1 in 4 mothers experience. Despite this frequency, it bears a stigma that obscures the phy...
11/20/2019

Miscarriage is a tragedy that 1 in 4 mothers experience. Despite this frequency, it bears a stigma that obscures the physical and mental trauma that mothers endure, including depression, anxiety and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. http://ow.ly/HSxG50xg8y7

Do you think a faith-based therapist can effectively restrict their religious and moral beliefs from being imposed on a ...
11/18/2019

Do you think a faith-based therapist can effectively restrict their religious and moral beliefs from being imposed on a client? Based on the professional practice of "value bracketing," proposed in a recent study published by Dr. Matthew McWhorter, assistant professor for the Department of Integrative Studies, this can be achieved. Read the abstract and summary as presented in The Linacre Quarterly, a journal published by the Catholic Medical Association: http://ow.ly/iTbf50xe42R

"Bipolar Disorder. Type One. That’s what I was diagnosed with months before my 18th birthday. That’s the disease that la...
11/18/2019
God Never Leaves: What Mental Illness Taught Me About My Faith

"Bipolar Disorder. Type One. That’s what I was diagnosed with months before my 18th birthday. That’s the disease that landed me in the hospital off and on for most of a year. The one that brought me to my knees with depression, the one that shot me to the moon with mania. That’s the one God used to say, 'Hope, I love you.'” http://ow.ly/muwk50xdgoH

He is with us when we are crippled and when we are learning to walk again. He is with us even when we can’t see him. He is there. He is right there. But blind eyes cannot see unless healed. Sometimes God cures the sick. But more often, he carries us. That is its own kind of healing. And it is beau...

11/12/2019
Full Interview with Fr. Charles Sikorsky from Divine Mercy University

"So many people are seeking [mental health] treatment that's open to the faith," said Fr. Charles Sikorsky, L.C., president of Divine Mercy University, during an interview with Catholic Faith Network.

"Sometimes we forget or we feel that the culture is encroaching on the faith; we want to defend it. But what a powerful healing that we can bring when you bring hope, faith, a sense of meaning, and transcendence to people's lives. That's the good news that we have. Really the joy of the Gospel, according to each circumstance, it can be worked into therapy."

We are honored to teach men and women who have or currently serve in the military. Our faculty and students understand t...
11/11/2019

We are honored to teach men and women who have or currently serve in the military. Our faculty and students understand the importance of providing mental health care to members of the military and their loved ones.

"As mental health professionals working in the military," said Specialist Garrett Boyer, a student in the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program, "we have an obligation to serve not only those who wear the uniform but also their families. I believe that service members who are happy, who can cope with the stress of their work, and who have a strong support system at home will be more effective in serving their country, and as a military psychologist, my hope is that I can equip servicemen and women with the tools to carry out their missions with resiliency and psychological strength." Read his full statement: http://ow.ly/4Nep50x7S57

#YellowRibbonSchool #VeteransDay

Over the centuries, saints have offered spiritual direction either in person or in writing, many of whom accompanied fut...
11/10/2019

Over the centuries, saints have offered spiritual direction either in person or in writing, many of whom accompanied future saints. Learn how five leaders guided others during their spiritual journey. http://ow.ly/Z8MD50x2Aek

Throwback Thursday: The very first reception held at our new campus! Our clinic, classrooms and offices are fully functi...
11/07/2019

Throwback Thursday: The very first reception held at our new campus! Our clinic, classrooms and offices are fully functional. We're now looking to build our chapel ⛪, which will be at the heart of our campus. Contribute to the cause (every little bit helps): https://divinemercy.edu/supportdmu/
#DMUis20

On February 18, Divine Mercy University held a reception at its new Loudoun campus in Sterling. The facility will have 1st floor clinic (with construction shown here), 2nd floor academic facilities including classrooms and library with 3rd floor housing administrative offices. This is an exciting additional higher educational institution in Loudoun.

DMU is a Catholic graduate school of 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 person, marriage and the family. The University offers Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctoral (Psy.D.) degrees in Clinical Psychology, a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Psychology and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling.

Did you know that stress has varying effects on particular parts of the body, such as the immune system, digestive syste...
11/06/2019

Did you know that stress has varying effects on particular parts of the body, such as the immune system, digestive system, and the central nervous system? Here's how you can reduce stress on a day-to-day basis. #StressAwarenessDay

Learn more: https://www.stress.org/daily-life

Can a to-do list actually increase your productivity? According to a study conducted by psychologists EJ Masicampo and R...
11/05/2019
The psychology of list-makers

Can a to-do list actually increase your productivity? According to a study conducted by psychologists EJ Masicampo and RF Baumeister, “committing to a specific plan for a goal may therefore not only facilitate attainment of the goal, but may also free cognitive resources for other pursuits. Once a plan is made, the drive to attain a goal is suspended – allowing goal-related cognitive activity to cease – and is resumed at the specified later time.” http://ow.ly/h9Ro50x2rJl

Some people really love a list. Is there a psychological reason why people find them so satisfying? And do they really make you more productive?

Today, on the eve of All Saints' Day, we paid tribute to martyrs, patron saints and other saints who contibuted to the f...
10/31/2019

Today, on the eve of All Saints' Day, we paid tribute to martyrs, patron saints and other saints who contibuted to the faith community. (We even had a special appearance from a lioness cat, a sheepish dog and Scooby Doo!) Studying at DMU aligns with other schools through our appreciation of the scientific teaching of psychology and counseling, but what sets us apart is our integrated Catholic-Christian understanding of the human person. Today's celebration exemplified this unique dynamic!

Testimonial from Rita Taylor (Master of Science in Psychology program):"When I first started my program, people would of...
10/26/2019

Testimonial from Rita Taylor (Master of Science in Psychology program):

"When I first started my program, people would often ask me, but what If you get pregnant? I am so grateful that I did not base my decision to take a masters program on “what if’s.” Life is SO unpredictable ... Who would have known that, even though I’ve desperately wanted to, I wouldn’t be pregnant after 3 1/2 years of trying ... Who would have known that I would have had such an intense first year of marriage that I needed to take time off of school ... Who could have known that I would take another 10-month break because my mom would be diagnosed with cancer and pass away? Life happens. It’s messy. All we can do is make the best decision for right now, and adjust as we go ... And here’s another one I didn’t predict: l have accomplished it with an overall GPA of 3.7, which translates to an A- or 92% in my case. About 1% shy of a 4.0! Now we’re off to the Kananaskis Nordic Spa tomorrow to celebrate surviving what has probably been the wildest 3 1/2 years of my life. Thank you Divine Mercy University for supporting me and for allowing me to place my marriage and family first. This program has been incredible and has already blessed me in ways that cannot be measured. #divinemercyuniversity #studentlife #studentforlife #done #yay"

Dr. Harvey Payne, dean for the School of Counseling, speaking with students during the on-campus residency. Though the M...
10/25/2019

Dr. Harvey Payne, dean for the School of Counseling, speaking with students during the on-campus residency. Though the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is taught online, training is offered on campus three times over the course of the program (2 years and 8 months).

According to BestCounselingDegrees.net, "a residency is to help professionals who will eventually earn a clinical license gain the hands-on experience that they need to build the experience and professional network that they need to apply what they have learned in class." Read more: https://www.bestcounselingdegrees.net/faq/what-are-the-residency-requirements-for-online-masters-in-counseling-degrees/

You can also learn more about our program at enroll.divinemercy.edu.

Throwback Thursday: In 2016, Fr. Charles Sikorsky, president of Divine Mercy University, was a guest speaker on EWTN whe...
10/24/2019

Throwback Thursday: In 2016, Fr. Charles Sikorsky, president of Divine Mercy University, was a guest speaker on EWTN where he spoke about the need for mental health to be integrated with the Catholic-Christian understanding of the human person. Watch the interview: http://ow.ly/NB6Z50wTiFC

Matthew Johansen, product development media producer, gives a walkthrough of the studio where online courses are recorde...
10/23/2019

Matthew Johansen, product development media producer, gives a walkthrough of the studio where online courses are recorded. Comment below to share your favorite course video and what you liked about it.

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45154 Underwood Lane
Sterling, VA
20166

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(703) 416-1441

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