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Divine Mercy University

Announcing New University, School of Counseling

IPS Expands To A University, Including New Online School of Counseling

Arlington, VA – December 29, 2015

Fr. Charles Sikorsky, L.C., President of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, along with IPS’s Board of Directors announced today that it has changed its official name to Divine Mercy University.

Divine Mercy University is launching a new School of Counseling, with an online graduate degree in counseling. The University will now house two schools: The School of Counseling and the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS), which includes the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D), the Master’s in Clinical Psychology (M.S), and the online M.S. in Psychology. Harvey Payne, Psy.D. has been appointed as the new Dean of the School of Counseling and William J. Nordling, Ph.D. will continue to serve as IPS’s dean.

The School of Counseling is now accepting applicants for the Master’s (M.S.) in Counseling beginning Fall 2016. The goal of the counseling program is to form mental health counselors who have a solid foundation in the field of clinical mental health counseling, and embody a Catholic-Christian understanding of the human person. The program will be offered online with on-site clinical training and practicum.

Divine Mercy University is excited about its expanding potential to prepare students to go out into the world and bring hope and healing through knowledge of psychology, counseling, and an authentic vision of the human person. Fr. Sikorsky explains, “Christ asks us to be His instruments of mercy and healing in the world. Divine Mercy University’s programs not only prepare graduates to excel in their fields, they also provide a foundation in understanding the totality of the human person, their value and dignity.”

The Institute for the Psychological Sciences, now to be known as Divine Mercy University, was founded in 1999 by a group of mental health professionals, academicians, and clinicians who recognized a need for a proper understanding of the interrelationship between faith and psychology. Since that time, over 150 graduates have made a substantial impact in psychology and related fields.

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