“As an undergrad I quickly became disillusioned because what I was learning in my psychology classes was markedly different than what I was learning about my faith.”
“I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me…” -John 17:21
Pursuing a career in clinical psychology was never in my plan. Throughout my youth, I was highly involved in a number of activities. I was a competitive athlete and dancer, took lessons in piano and art, and did outdoor adventure sports. Although I loved the arts and sports, I was uncertain about developing a career in either field. When applying to college and selecting a major, I was undecided.
After taking numerous courses in psychology that treated religion and truth as something that is purely a personal experience, I began to see where the secular schools are lacking. I decided that I wanted to go to a school where religion is not taboo, and where the students and faculty are focused on the whole person.
Psy.D. student Conrad Burbank draws on his experience as a student-athlete in undergrad to manage the rigors of IPS.
The son of immigrant parents, doctoral student Gabriel Somarriba, M.S., welcomes the opportunity to use his training at the service of the Church.