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Courageously Catholic Mission

The first and only graduate school of psychology integrating the authentic Catholic understanding of the person, marriage and the family with the best in psychological practice.

Do you want to be on the forefront of this new wave in psychology?

IPS is forming mental health professionals to meet our culture’s growing demand for therapists who respect the dignity and uniqueness of every client.  As an IPS-trained clinician, you’ll learn to go beyond simple symptom relief to facilitate true healing and growth for your clients and their families.  Our training emphasizes not only how to assess and treat psychological disorders, but also how to help your clients develop virtues and flourish as human beings.

Our faculty developed “The IPS Model” to articulate this integrated understanding of each client’s complete reality (spiritual, emotional, biological). This model brings together psychology’s theoretical and empirically-based knowledge with philosophical and theological insights about the person from the Catholic faith – giving you a foundation for the study and practice of psychology. (To read more about the IPS Model, click here.)

The model also helps you comprehend the particular vocations of both the therapist and the client.  It views the mental health professional as having a vocation to heal, and believes that the many elements of each client’s specific state in life – single, married, raising a family, professional, member of the clergy – play an integral role in the therapeutic process.  As a clinician capable of understanding the whole person, you’ll be able to provide more effective treatment.

“Only a Christian anthropology, enriched by the contribution of indisputable scientific data, including that of modern psychology and psychiatry, can offer a complete and thus realistic view of humans.” Pope John Paul II address to the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, 1995.