Catholic Philosophy | Modern Psychology

IPS is the first and only graduate school that integrates the science of psychology and proven therapeutic methods with the Catholic-Christian understanding of the person, marriage and the family.


The IPS Model: A Catholic Perspective on Psychology 

IPS is forming professionals in the mental health field and other psychology-related careers to meet the growing demand for men and women who respect the dignity and uniqueness of every client.

As a result of our clinical programs, IPS clinicians go beyond simple symptom relief to facilitate true healing and growth for clients and their families.  Every one of our programs educate students so that they will help clients develop virtues and flourish as human beings.

To assist in articulating this integrated understanding of each client’s complete reality (spiritual, emotional, temporal), the IPS faculty – clinicians and theoreticians, sociologists, philosophers and theologians – meet regularly in a research group call the Faculty Integration Project.

A decade of this multidisciplinary work has resulted in “The IPS Model” of integration.

This IPS Model brings together scientific psychology’s theoretical and empirically-based knowledge with philosophical and theological insights about the person from the Catholic faith.

This training model also emphasizes the particular vocations of both the alumnus and the people he or she serves.  It views IPS graduates as having a vocation to heal, and believes that the many elements of each person’s specific state in life – single, married, raising a family, professional, member of the clergy – will play an integral role in the way in which they are treated or ministered to.

To learn more about the IPS Model and how it applies to the clinical programs, see the answer to What Does it Mean to Practice Psychology from a Catholic Perspective? in our Admissions FAQs.

Patrick Graveline, Psy.D.“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. Today, 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.” Patrick Graveline, Psy.D., Class of 2007, Germantown, MD

Kate Ebler, M.S.“My IPS education has been invaluable in my day-to-day experience of therapy with college students.  At IPS I learned to look at the whole person: spiritually, intellectually, physically, and psychologically; to both distinguish issues in each area as well as identify the overlap that exists between the categories in any given person.  IPS gave me the tools necessary to continue the integration of faith and psychology in my career as a therapist.” Kate Ebeler, LGPC, M.S.-Plus graduate 2010, St. Louis, MO

“The IPS professors provide an invaluable perspective on the compassion crucial in addressing mental health issues.  Moreover, the focus on psychology in terms of man’s physical and spiritual existence equips each student with a full understanding of what it means to be psychologically healthy.” Anna Adams, M.S. student, South Bend, IN

Peter Martin, Psy.D. (2009) copy“After struggling to integrate psychology and theology on my own, I was relieved to land at IPS where professors had been wrestling with the same things…My current practice is truly indebted to the formation I received there, which continues to help me better understand and serve my clients.” Peter Martin, Psy.D, Class of 2009, Wichita, KS