“I often find myself asking how it is possible that all of these incredible professionals are in one place? The mission and vision of IPS so clearly attract quality clinicians and researchers who wish to shape this field for the good.” Read more testimonials like Katy’s.
Until fairly recently, my decision to pursue psychology in my undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois (UIUC) seemed in many ways to be a haphazardly made choice that fortunately bore some fruit.
Throughout my four years there, I was enthralled with my major courses, but my search for a concrete career goal within the subfields proved rather unproductive.
Following graduation, I spent a few years working in primarily administrative positions for wonderful organizations, but I realized that I wanted to engage in work that allowed me to enter more deeply and intimately into the lives of others who are in need.
I accepted an opportunity to provide informal counseling to college students in the Philippines and immediately found work that corresponded to my desire.
Fortunately, I had learned of IPS as an undergraduate; thus when I began to consider continuing my education, it was the clear frontrunner.
After receiving a heavily theoretical and research oriented foundation, I was drawn to both the practical and theological nature of the program, one that is human but not secular, religious but not abstract.
Since it is a Catholic program, I was confident that the curriculum and the training would be consistent with my understanding of the person, but I did not anticipate the overall quality of what is still a relatively new school.
Every single day I am reminded of how incredibly wise, experienced, and humble our faculty is. What we are learning in theory and dialogue becomes concrete through personal examples, hands-on practice, modeling videos, and case studies.
Not only are faculty members a wealth of knowledge regarding clinical work, but they are also models of living one’s vocation well.
I often find myself asking how it is possible that all of these incredible professionals are in one place? The mission and vision of IPS so clearly attract quality clinicians and researchers who wish to shape this field for the good.
Equally encouraging is the diversity of backgrounds, strengths, and interests among my classmates, which enhances the perspectives and insights offered within and outside the classroom.
Approaching a case study with the contributions of 20 other intelligent and gifted clinicians-in-training is a tremendously helpful learning experience.
There is also a real spirit of friendship and collaboration that is totally opposed to the “your success is my failure” mentality that is often found within academia.
I am not yet certain of how exactly I will practice once I complete my degree, but I am confident that my courses and placement for next year will be a great help in discerning that.
If you are a prospective student, I’d encourage you to come for a campus visit and see IPS for yourself.