Patrick Graveline, Psy.D., Class of 2007
“The faculty challenged me and my fellow classmates to think deeply about the dignity of the human person, suffering, and health. Through this ongoing discussion, the program assisted me to develop a philosophical and clinical framework based upon respect for the human person.”
Licensed in the state of Maryland, Dr. Graveline is currently the Director of Programs at Community Support Services, a facility in Maryland which serves adolescents and adults with severe developmental disabilities. He is in charge of all the psychological services provided by this facility which runs both outpatient programs as well as approximately 40 assisted living units. Dr. Graveline assists clients in their efforts to successfully become part of the fabric of society, living, working, and recreating as part of the local community.
Why did you choose IPS for your graduate degrees in clinical psychology?
When I was looking at prospective graduate programs in clinical psychology, I was interested in finding a program in which I would receive rigorous clinical training and respect for my Catholic faith.
I found IPS was not only a program where my Catholic faith would be respected, but where the students were encouraged to live their faith in a dynamic fashion – not only personally but professionally.
While working on my graduate degrees at IPS, I was able to gain clinical experience working in a variety of settings and serving a wide range of clients in my clinical placements.
I had the opportunity to work in community-based programs serving adults with severe and persistent mental illness; a group practice seeing children, couples and individual adults for psychotherapy; in private practice, completing assessments, and running educational and psychotherapy groups for individuals struggling with substance abuse; and in an institutional setting serving adolescents with developmental disabilities.
Has your academic experience at IPS helped you in what you are doing now?
I am currently the Director of Programs at a community-based program serving adults with autism, mental retardation, and other developmental disabilities.
The program supports these adults to live, work, and recreate in the community. As part of this organization, I oversee the psychology services provided to the individuals to ensure that the best practices are employed and implemented on an accurate and consistent basis.
Throughout my years at IPS, the faculty challenged me and my fellow classmates to question and think deeply about the dignity of the human person, suffering, and health. Through this ongoing discussion, the program assisted me to develop a philosophical and clinical framework based upon respect for the human person.
Thus, my clinical work often centers on encouraging clients to acknowledge their dignity and worth, to find meaning in their suffering, and to build a life worth living with both the comfortable and uncomfortable aspects.
I truly believe IPS is a unique program where intellectual pursuit is enlivened by an open discussion about the role of faith in the social sciences. It was through this dynamic discussion of faith and reason that I was encouraged to examine my opinions and search for what is true, good, and beautiful.
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