Dear IPS Community,

I would like to share with you the exciting developments taking place at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences: the launch of a new School of Counseling and the consequent elevation of IPS to university status with the official name, Divine Mercy University.

IPS has been continually challenged by its mission to be outward focused in response to healing a wounded culture. Feedback received from students, alum, and faculty over the last several years, along with inquiries from numerous prospective students and market research, have convinced us of the need and opportunity to begin a School of Counseling. By reaching students online and expanding into new fields, the new university is a direct response to the great human and spiritual need for mental health and helping professionals.

Divine Mercy University will house two schools: the School of Counseling and the existing Institute for the Psychological Sciences. While both will be part of the larger university, each school will have its own leadership and name. 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 IPS name, which has built up tremendous good will over the years, will continue to be used for all of our psychology programs.

This new phase of our institutional development only enhances the quality of and importance placed on our current programs and our commitment to the educational and career success of our current students. Indeed, we believe that it is a significant step forward, which over time will strengthen our institution as a whole and provide more resources and stability to our all of our programs.

The School of Counseling will offer an online Master’s in Counseling, beginning in the fall of 2016. The mission of the program is to form mental health counselors who have a foundation in the Catholic-Christian understanding of the human person, along with the national and state qualifications for licensing and accreditation.

Since the foundation of IPS in 1999, we have striven to be a groundbreaking Catholic institution. The transformational education that the graduates of IPS have received is something very unique. As Divine Mercy University, we will have a greater impact in both the extension of our mission and the influence of our graduates around the globe. We are called to heal a wounded world; to be instrument’s of God’s mercy. It is our mission to make God’s mercy present to the world and to communicate our identity as a Catholic institution, now in both the fields of psychology and counseling.

We are grateful for the many blessings we have received during this time and for the faculty, staff and students of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. We ask for your continued support and prayers during this exciting time.

In Christ,

Fr. Charles Sikorsky, L.C., J.D., J.C.L.

President, Divine Mercy University

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