Exciting Year Ahead for IPS

Arlington, VA, August 29, 2013 – Now in its fourteenth year, the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) welcomed 59 returning students and 21 new graduate students to its urban campus.

The first-year master’s students represent 10 states and the country of Nigeria. This diverse group comes from a variety of backgrounds and stages in their lives. Among them are 1 priest and 4 religious, 2 retired military officers, 8 students returning to school after working in the professional field, and several students coming directly from their undergraduate studies.

As a testament to the caliber of students IPS attracts, here are a few examples of what this class was doing prior to coming to the Institute:

• worked as a Tissue Recovery Specialist for the Organ Procurement Organization in Minnesota;
• worked in NYC for a group home and provided one-on-one assistance for an autistic young boy;
• spent the year studying in Italy;
• worked for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago;
• conducted research for the University of Notre Dame

First-year students will be paired with returning students as part of the Mentoring Program sponsored by Student Services. The program is designed to help ease the transition into graduate school and to address the demands unique to pursuing an advanced degree in psychology.

New to IPS this year is the First-Year Student Ambassadors Program created by the Student Life Concerns Committee (SLCC). This program offers leadership opportunities for new students to assist with SLCC-sponsored events and to help facilitate communication among their peers.

The Institute also invited Assistant Professor and IPS alumnus Roman Lokhmotov, Psy.D., to join its distinguished faculty. Prof. Lokhmotov will serve as the Director of the M.S. in Clinical Psychology program. 

In his remarks welcoming new and returning students, IPS President Fr. Charles Sikorsky stressed the need for well-trained, passionate and committed Catholic therapists. 

“Our culture is in need of healing and hope. By answering your vocation to heal, you have the unique opportunity to change the course of people’s lives for the better. See this as a gift from God and embrace this calling,” said Fr. Sikorsky.