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.

Please join us today! At 2pm CT/ 3pm ET on Thursday afternoon (5/28), with our very own Dr. Suzanne Hollman, Dean of the...
05/28/2020

Please join us today! At 2pm CT/ 3pm ET on Thursday afternoon (5/28), with our very own Dr. Suzanne Hollman, Dean of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, who will be a subject matter expert for Relevant Radio: http://ow.ly/brdK50zSBOP

You are invited to connect with the DMU community through our LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/school/divine-merc...
05/21/2020

You are invited to connect with the DMU community through our LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/school/divine-mercy-university/.

There are two ways you can stay connected:
1) Follow the DMU page
2) Add DMU as a place of study or employment (this applies to students, alumni, faculty and staff)

Since 2016, when we embraced our new name, Divine Mercy University, this LinkedIn account was created so that we can create an online network that will allow everyone (students, alumni, faculty and staff) to stay connected.

Please link your personal page to the official DMU LinkedIn page. This way, we can all stay connected virtually!

In honor of Saint's Feast Day, we remember St. Dymphna, the patron saint of mental illness. Learn more about her story: ...
05/15/2020

In honor of Saint's Feast Day, we remember St. Dymphna, the patron saint of mental illness. Learn more about her story: blog.divinemercy.edu/2018/11/01/saints-who-struggled-with-mental-illness

Psychologist and DMU alumnus Michael Horne uses his differentiator -- the integration of psychology and Catholicism -- t...
05/15/2020

Psychologist and DMU alumnus Michael Horne uses his differentiator -- the integration of psychology and Catholicism -- to help guide mental health treatment for clients seen by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. His advice for maintaining equilibrium during a stressful time (like the COVID-19 pandemic)? “Find one thing every day that gives you hope, that makes you smile and feel happy or grateful. That’s what’s going to sustain you.” http://ow.ly/hyFN50zHo8h (via Arlington Catholic Herald)

Graduate degree holders are starting new jobs (during the COVID-19 pandemic) at higher rates than all other Americans, b...
05/14/2020

Graduate degree holders are starting new jobs (during the COVID-19 pandemic) at higher rates than all other Americans, based on a survey by Strada Education Network. Read more: https://ihenow.com/3byTqcq

Today is DMU's original commencement date, before it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and instead of letting ...
05/09/2020

Today is DMU's original commencement date, before it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and instead of letting the day go by as usual we'd like to help all 2020 graduates virtually celebrate their success. In the spirit of keeping #DMUtogetherwithdistance, we encourage you to pick one of the five forms of celebration and share it with us using our official hashtag!

The virtual conference started today! Sign up before it's too late.
05/08/2020

The virtual conference started today! Sign up before it's too late.

Comment below, who are you most excited to see speak at the Theology of the Body Virtual Conference?

If you haven't registered already for the free conference that starts today you can do so here - http://tobvirtualconference.com/

#TOBVC

Mark your calendar for May 21st at 12pm ET to attend our next webinar "Stages of Spiritual Growth and Freedom." Register...
05/07/2020

Mark your calendar for May 21st at 12pm ET to attend our next webinar "Stages of Spiritual Growth and Freedom." Register today: http://ow.ly/AEh050zA4uX

Theology of the Body Institute
05/07/2020

Theology of the Body Institute

The Free Theology of the Body Virtual Conference starts Tomorrow!

We need your help! Tag your friends below that should come to the conference!

Register for free here - https://www.tobvirtualconference.com/

#TOBVC

05/07/2020
COVID-19 and Beyond: Part I

Dr. Mallory Wines, an assistant professor for the School of Counseling at Divine Mercy University, defines what a pandemic is, outlines the stay-at-home orders, and explains what U.S. residents are being asked to do, such as teleworking, using telemedicine and practicing social distancing.

She also provides tips on how to effectively respond to stress and serve your local community during this time.

Watch the full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NCb0Mtjxl4

Part 1: Pandemic Defined and Precautions Needed to Be Safe This is the first part of a webinar series hosted jointly by faculty members at Divine Mercy Unive...

The ability to control your emotions is key nowadays. We encourage you to put these tips into practice and share them wi...
05/05/2020

The ability to control your emotions is key nowadays. We encourage you to put these tips into practice and share them with a friend who could benefit.

Are you subscribed to receive our e-newsletters? If so, you would have already seen this Alumni Spotlight of James Herna...
04/29/2020

Are you subscribed to receive our e-newsletters? If so, you would have already seen this Alumni Spotlight of James Hernandez, Psy.D.!

“I am currently in private practice in Covington, LA. I work primarily with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and personality disorders. I work with our two local seminaries. Also, one day a week I go to the Catholic student center on Louisiana State University’s campus to work with students.

It has been a great experience for me and I plan to continue to work there as long as they will have me.

I also do assessments for seminarians and religious life, as well as assessments for the VA.”

Our Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program is not for the faint of heart, but it's worth the journey. Learn more about the program at divinemercy.edu/psy-d-in-clinical-psychology or click the link in our bio. You can also subscribe to our e-newsletter by submitting your email on our homepage at divinemercy.edu.

Miscarriages are more common than one would think. Approximately one in four women will lose their baby to miscarriage. ...
04/28/2020

Miscarriages are more common than one would think. Approximately one in four women will lose their baby to miscarriage. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, it’s the most common cause of pregnancy loss, with 80 percent of all miscarriages happening within the first trimester.

Sadly, that one-in-four statistic drives a stigma of commonhood that overshadows the true devastation of miscarriage, allowing friends and family on the outside looking in to feel compelled to offer words of encouragement rather than words of compassion: It’s God’s will; There was probably something wrong; You’ll be pregnant again before you know it.

This stigma makes it incredibly difficult for parents, especially those who miscarry within the first trimester, as their grief may be less socially acceptable or acknowledged than the anguish of someone who miscarried beyond twelve weeks gestation, leaving the grieving mother feeling that her loss is not valid.

Read more: https://blog.divinemercy.edu/2019/11/15/miscarriage-trauma-involves-mental-health-need/

Register for Reproduction Grief Care Training on May 2: https://divinemercy.edu/training-general-public/

We're always jumping with joy when we learn that a student is nearing the end of their studies. Fr. Craig Vasek just sub...
04/27/2020

We're always jumping with joy when we learn that a student is nearing the end of their studies. Fr. Craig Vasek just submitted his capstone! Hats off to you and to all of the students in the Master of Science in Psychology program!

If you'd like to pursue this degree, apply before the May 6 deadline. Application: enroll.divinemercy.edu/m-s-in-psychology/apply-now/

We're excited to have a student in the Spiritual Direction Certificate Program DMU RC as a guest speaker for this wonder...
04/27/2020

We're excited to have a student in the Spiritual Direction Certificate Program DMU RC as a guest speaker for this wonderful event!

Thank you to everyone who has already registered for our Free Virtual Conference on May 8-10!

We have received over 6,500 registrations in the first day of launching! 😲🤗

We are all so excited to bring this conference to you! If you haven't registered yet you can do that here - https://www.tobvirtualconference.com/

#tobvc

The Green Cross Academy of Traumatology (GCAT) is collaborating with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress...
04/24/2020

The Green Cross Academy of Traumatology (GCAT) is collaborating with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AAETS) to help in their efforts to create online support and education groups for physicians, nurses, healthcare workers, and others on the frontlines dealing with COVID-19.

Members and friends of Green Cross Academy are asked to donate one and a half hours a week to create a Support Group that will allow doctors, nurses, medical staff, and all first responders (police, firefighters, EMT’s, dispatchers, etc.) to have a place to drop in once a week to vent, air out, share supportive activities, debrief, and to learn about stress reduction techniques and compassion fatigue.

Learn more: http://ow.ly/SFv650znSiN

Did you know that we're hosting a virtual event next month? Registration for our Reproductive Grief Care Training, in pa...
04/22/2020

Did you know that we're hosting a virtual event next month? Registration for our Reproductive Grief Care Training, in partnership with Life Perspectives, is open. If you would like to learn how to help moms and families grieve from a pregnancy loss, this training is for you. Learn more: https://divinemercy.edu/training-general-public/

Take one of our NEW professional development courses. Learn how to promote mental and spiritual flourishing. Register to...
04/15/2020

Take one of our NEW professional development courses. Learn how to promote mental and spiritual flourishing. Register today! http://ow.ly/908450zf8Ve

04/15/2020
Catholic psychologist: Protecting mental health during coronavirus pandemic | EWTN News Nightly

In last night's segment of EWTN News Nightly, Dr. Suzanne Hollman, dean for the Institute for the Psychological Sciences at DMU, offered advice for handling mental health challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her helpful tips include being self aware, making time for yourself, and creating a calm environment for children. Watch the full segment: https://youtu.be/lx3p9GHVDeo

The coronavirus appears to be impacting the lives of everyone either directly or indirectly through job loss, economic uncertainty and other situations that ...

Tune in to EWTN News Nightly tonight at 6pm ET or 9pm ET to hear Dr. Suzanne Hollman's response to mental health concern...
04/14/2020

Tune in to EWTN News Nightly tonight at 6pm ET or 9pm ET to hear Dr. Suzanne Hollman's response to mental health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch it live here: https://www.ewtn.com/tv/watch-live

Dr. Hollman serves as the dean for the Institute for the Psychological Sciences at Divine Mercy University.

How to hold on to happiness during social isolation (based on psychological research) http://ow.ly/8SjD50zdSDe
04/14/2020

How to hold on to happiness during social isolation (based on psychological research) http://ow.ly/8SjD50zdSDe

Around this time throughout the week, our faculty, students and staff would normally be gathered together in our lower c...
04/07/2020

Around this time throughout the week, our faculty, students and staff would normally be gathered together in our lower chapel for Mass. Despite the change in times, our chaplain Fr. Steven Costello shares a prayer for you:

Our good Father in heaven, many times you told us to fear not. When things are well, this is not very hard to do. But, in these past weeks, when so much has been uncertain, fear has often come knocking on the doors of our hearts, even to the innermost chamber.

Now, today, at the foot of the Cross, we recall your comforting words spoken through your prophet, Isaiah: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you … Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you” (Is 43:1-2, 4).

Enfold us in this truth, confident that, through the mystery of the cross, you will bring us to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Use hashtag #DMUtogetherwithdistance to share how you're spending your hour of prayer.

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began, it is likely that someone you know has been silently dealing with anxiety or has...
04/06/2020

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began, it is likely that someone you know has been silently dealing with anxiety or has experienced a panic attack. However, do they feel comfortable enough to share this information with you? Do they feel that you are educated enough about mental health?

If you didn’t answer “yes” to these questions, get the tools you need. Read more: http://ow.ly/FAaE50z6SEn

Do these unprecedented times leave you needing a little spiritual lift?  We have an event that will give you just that! ...
04/03/2020

Do these unprecedented times leave you needing a little spiritual lift? We have an event that will give you just that!

Divine Mercy University is a proud sponsor of the FREE Virtual Catholic Conference taking place this weekend, April 3-5. The conference features DMU alumni Dr. Gregory Bottaro (Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology) and Samantha Kelley, M.S., (Master of Science in Psychology) among many other renowned speakers.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to join nearly 40K of your friends online! Sign up now: www.virtualcatholicconference.com

04/03/2020

Shout out to our Master's in Psychology alumna, Samantha Kelley with Fierce Athlete, for being apart of this dynamic event!

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Meet Samantha Kelley from @fierceathlete ! She will be presenting this weekend:

The Female Body and Staying Fit

Talk Description:
Why is the body important? Aren’t we attending a “spiritual conference”? Well the reality is, is that God created us as human beings, body and soul. So what we do to our bodies affects our souls and what we do to our souls affects our bodies! The human body, according to St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, reveals something about God! In this talk, Samantha dives into the beauty and significance of the female body and what that reveals about our self worth, our femininity, our call to communion, and our responsibility to take care of our bodies and Stay Fit! She offers tips on staying fit and motivated in this time, developing a good routine, offering workouts up as a prayer, and setting goals. Know you are beautiful and this talk is about celebrating YOU!

As we approach the end of Women’s History Month, we take a moment to salute a female pioneer in the field of psychology....
03/30/2020

As we approach the end of Women’s History Month, we take a moment to salute a female pioneer in the field of psychology. You likely have seen countless images of Sigmund Freud with his daughter Anna Freud and didn't know that she was a psychoanalyst who made a major impact on child analysis and ego psychology. Anna was among the first researchers to show that children could be psychoanalyzed. The defenses described in her book The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defense (1936) are frequently used today.

Her child treatment center, formerly established in 1952 and named the Hampstead Child Therapy Course and Clinic, is now the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. It is located in London, United Kingdom.

We applaud Anna for her dedication to the mental health of children.

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45154 Underwood Lane
Sterling, VA
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Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
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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