The Institute of Psychological Sciences (IPS) in Arlington, Virginia, announced that it is expanding its offerings this year with a new School of Counseling, which will offer doctorate and master’s degrees, and that the broader organization will be called Divine Mercy University. According to Catholic News Agency, the new school name is a celebration of the Holy Year of Mercy.
Jessie Tappel, director of communications for IPS, explained that Divine Mercy University is a “mission-centric name” because the school will have an outward focus on mercy.
“This has been a long-term project for the institute,” Tappel said. “It’s been really exciting to see the expansion that we have been able to have, based on demand, the needs in the field, and on the positive response we have received in our degree programs.”
The university is unique in that it grounds its psychological and mental health training in Catholic-Christian values and emphasizes the importance of coming up with holistic solutions for clients. Students spend their time learning psychology through the lenses of philosophy and theology, in addition to their rigorous academic and clinical work in order to become mental health professionals who can bring a strong sense of faith to those they serve.