Research at IPS

The IPS Model: Faculty Integration Project

Clinical psychology promotes the mental health and well-being of the human person. It therefore should be guided by a sound understanding of the complete reality of the person. In order to articulate such an integrated vision, the IPS faculty meet regularly in a research group called the “Faculty Integration Project.” Because these meetings involve not only psychologists–both clinicians and theoreticians– but also statisticians, sociologists, philosophers and theologians, they are inherently multidisciplinary. Moreover, they are collegial in the best sense of the word.

The Faculty Integration Project builds upon a decade of integrative training and research, including Edification: A Journal of the Society of Christian Psychology. After elaborating a basic training approach for integrating a Catholic understanding of the human person and psychology, the IPS faculty has articulated a series of basic principles about the human person, which serve integrative reasoning and clinical practice. This endeavor has resulted in “The IPS Model” of integration, which includes a working definition of a Catholic approach to psychotherapy, a set of anthropological principles, as well as a growing number of articles and other publications. A major book on the IPS Model’s theoretical foundations and clinical applications is forthcoming.

The Faculty Integration Project has also given rise to ideas for new research paradigms; integrated psychological assessment tools; new therapeutic modalities; and helpful ways of relating theology, philosophy and psychology.

The IPS faculty have planned collaborative research initiatives, to be carried out by the Faculty Integration Project over the next several years, which will embody an integrated understanding of the human person, and which it is hoped will yield further evidence of the value of the IPS Model in integrating psychology and a Catholic understanding of the human person.

Craig Steven Titus, S.T.D., Ph.D.