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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02/26/2020

Divine Mercy University's cover photo

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day off Lent. Christians  understand the importance of fasting and prayer during this ...
02/26/2020

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day off Lent. Christians understand the importance of fasting and prayer during this season. We hope that you are able to experience the holiness of God and grow closer in relationship with Him. We send you all our love and prayers.

New Research Highlights the Expanding and Valuable Role Telepsychiatry is Playing in Improving Mental Health Care http:/...
02/24/2020

New Research Highlights the Expanding and Valuable Role Telepsychiatry is Playing in Improving Mental Health Care http://ow.ly/nz4w50yuKk9

Dr. Robert Enright, a licensed psychologist and a professor of educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Mad...
02/21/2020

Dr. Robert Enright, a licensed psychologist and a professor of educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will present at the upcoming Newman Lecture. The theme is on forgiveness in the healing of communities.

The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It is co-sponsored by Divine Mercy University and the Institute for Human Ecology (CUA). The event will be held at Della Ratta Auditorium at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

RSVP for the event: http://ow.ly/m9eW50yrYJ6

A new study in Scientific Reports "found that depressed people seem to enjoy memes with depression-related themes more t...
02/20/2020

A new study in Scientific Reports "found that depressed people seem to enjoy memes with depression-related themes more than non-depressed individuals — a finding that points at differences in how people with mental health difficulties use humour as a coping mechanism." Read more: http://ow.ly/91kb50yrxc2

"Our mission as a program and a clinic states explicitly that faith and spirituality are a component," said Dr. Kristi S...
02/18/2020

"Our mission as a program and a clinic states explicitly that faith and spirituality are a component," said Dr. Kristi Stefani, a postdoctoral fellow and resident for the university's therapy clinic, "we know that is attractive to people. Research shows this is important to people, but it’s not always highlighted as something that would be attended to in one’s therapeutic work.

There’s also been this stigma or even a divide over the questions of faith’s compatibility with psychology, which can lead people to avoid reaching out to mental health services. Instead, they may be more inclined to reach out to their pastor or their church community. But often, the people they reach out to are not prepared or equipped to meet their needs. With that in mind, the IPS Center can provide a great value and serve people in need."

Read the full interview: http://ow.ly/tzK450ypyDw

02/12/2020

Behind the scenes capture of Fr. Charles Sikorsky, president of Divine Mercy University, for the 20th anniversary video!

02/11/2020

Behind the scenes footage for upcoming educational videos: Dr. Harvey Payne, dean for the School of Counseling, talks about the effectiveness of interactive play between parents and children.

As we capture more footage, what would you like to learn about psychology, counseling and our university's history? Comment below👇🏻

02/10/2020
Should I get a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in psychology?

Have you been trying to figure out if you should pursue our Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program? Take a look at this video to learn how a Psy.D. degree differs from a Ph.D. http://ow.ly/PUKf50yfxNu

If you want to get a doctorate in psychology, here’s what you need to know about Ph.D versus Psy.D., practice versus research, accreditation, cost and debt, ...

02/08/2020
Meta-model Overview, Part 3: Personal Unity

What makes DMU special and unique is the integrative approach our professors and students take when learning psychology. Our classes look at the scientific knowledge of psychology through a Catholic-Christian integrative lens of the person. Our students complete numerous classes that emphasize the integrative approach, while also completing a dissertation that includes an integrative piece that incorporates psychology and our understanding of the human person. We are very excited about the leading-edge work our students are producing here at DMU. http://ow.ly/x21y50yfwYz

Divine Mercy University has partnered with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA to provide reduced tuition for...
02/06/2020

Divine Mercy University has partnered with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA to provide reduced tuition for chaplains and laity who desire to give mental health services to military personnel and their families.

Read the full press release: http://ow.ly/BhUX50ycu8D

02/06/2020
Taraji P. Henson on Living with Depression and Anxiety | SELF

In recognition of Black History Month, watch this interview to hear actress Taraji P. Henson share her perspective on the African American's experience with mental health. http://ow.ly/6tB150yfr6r

Actress and activist Taraji P. Henson sits down with us to talk about her struggles with depression and anxiety while dealing with the pay gap in Hollywood, ...

Divine Mercy University has partnered with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA to provide reduced tuition for...
02/04/2020
DMU Offers Tuition Reduction to the Archdiocese for the Military Services

Divine Mercy University has partnered with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA to provide reduced tuition for chaplains and laity who desire to give mental health services to military personnel and their families.

Read the full press release: http://ow.ly/BhUX50ycu8D

The Institute for the Psychological Sciences is a Catholic graduate school of psychology offering master's and doctoral degrees.

This past Saturday, Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology students presented lectures and posters during ...
01/29/2020

This past Saturday, Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology students presented lectures and posters during the Institute for the Psychological Sciences' Third Annual Student Symposium. Over 85 people registered and attended the various sessions. The focus of the symposium was to disseminate research on the Catholic Christian Meta Model of the human person and best practices in psychology. Joel Turner's poster (pictured) was selected as the best in overall poster presentation and research. (Note: The ink blot shown is an artistic rendition of a Rorschach test, by Andy Warhol. This is not a real Rorschach test image.)

We just wrapped up the morning session of our open house for our on-site therapy clinic, the IPS Center! If you weren't ...
01/23/2020

We just wrapped up the morning session of our open house for our on-site therapy clinic, the IPS Center! If you weren't able to stop by, there's still an afternoon session at 5:30pm. Email [email protected] to secure your registration.

The newly relocated outpatient mental health clinic known as the IPS Center for Psychological Services will host two one...
01/21/2020
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 [email protected] to RSVP. (Members of the press are welcome.)

“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 Institute for the Psychological Sciences is a Catholic graduate school of psychology offering master's and doctoral degrees.

Little Known Fact: "Despite being one of the most widely researched leaders of modern times, very little is ever written...
01/20/2020

Little Known Fact: "Despite being one of the most widely researched leaders of modern times, very little is ever written about Martin Luther King Jr’s experience with depression. As a 1968 Time Magazine profile of him notes, he twice attempted to commit suicide before the age of 13, following the death of his grandmother." [Source: World Economic Forum]

Read more: http://ow.ly/SdtW50xMwJD

Flashback Friday:"The February wind stung my nose as I reached for the cold door handle. I felt dazed and I hesitated.  ...
01/17/2020

Flashback Friday:
"The February wind stung my nose as I reached for the cold door handle.

I felt dazed and I hesitated.

I was in Virginia walking up to the door of Divine Mercy University for my entrance interview for the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program. Questions raced through my mind. Will I be accepted? Is psychology right for me? Is Catholic psychology right for me? Is Catholic psychology actually even Catholic? Am I too religious to be a scientist? Can a country boy from Kentucky, like me, survive in a city? Do I have what it takes to start a doctorate degree? I blinked against the cold.

I knew what faith and science meant to me. I desperately wanted to be part of a community that could finally understand that. I wanted to be part of a community that wanted to probe the deepest truths about what it means to be human.

The warm air enveloped me as I opened the door. I was not disappointed.”

Sunday marked the passing of Sir Roger Scruton, a dear friend to DMU. He served as a research professor for the Institut...
01/14/2020
Roger Scruton, British philosopher and conservative lightning rod, dies at 75

Sunday marked the passing of Sir Roger Scruton, a dear friend to DMU. He served as a research professor for the Institute for the Psychological Sciences from 2005 to 2008 and provided professional development to our faculty. We're honored to have his endorsement on the soon-to-be-published textbook volume entitled "A Catholic Christian Meta-Model of the Person for Psychology and Mental Health Practice."

Scruton was a writer and philosopher who published more than forty books in philosophy, aesthetics and politics. He was a fellow of The British Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Prior to his death, he taught in both England and America and served as a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington D.C. His most recent teaching was for an MA in Philosophy for the University of Buckingham.

Scruton had been fighting cancer for 6 months. He leaves behind his wife and two children.

Learn more about his work: http://ow.ly/50rp50xVdTv

He also worked with Czech dissidents during the Cold War, smuggling blacklisted books and teaching secret philosophy seminars.

The Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies is hosting its first two workshops of the year on this upcoming Friday and ...
01/13/2020

The Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies is hosting its first two workshops of the year on this upcoming Friday and Saturday! Learn how to minimize stress with trainings on Compassion Stress Management and Compassion Fatigue Therapy. Register now: http://ow.ly/v6OJ50xU6ZD

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01/09/2020

Divine Mercy University's cover photo

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!

[Share with your family and friends in the area]

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!"

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Sterling, VA
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Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
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Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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We are a Catholic graduate university of psychology and counseling dedicated to the integration of the psychological sciences with over 2000 years of Catholic tradition. For more information about the programs we offer, visit us on our website at divinemercy.edu.

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