Overview

The IPS Mission and Vision

IPS is a Catholic graduate school of psychology founded in 1999 with the mission of basing the scientific study of psychology on a Catholic understanding of the person, marriage and the family.  IPS offers Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctoral (Psy.D.) degrees in Clinical Psychology, and a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Psychology (also available as an online degree), and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC).

The Institute for the Psychological Sciences is governed by its Board of Directors, which has complete and final governing authority over the Institute.  The Board consists of the Bishop of Arlington, Virginia, seven lay Catholic leaders and three members of the Legion of Christ.  The Legion sponsors the Institute by providing a President and a Chaplain and helping to maintain the Catholic identity of the Institute.

Vision

The Institute for the Psychological Sciences will be an international center for scholarship and professional training dedicated to the development of a psychology grounded in an integral Catholic-Christian view of the human person. Maintaining the highest academic standards, it will educate new generations of psychologists as well as professionals in psychology-related fields and open new areas of research for psychological theories that explore the relationship of psychology and the Catholic-Christian understanding of the human person.

Mission

The Institute for the Psychological Sciences is an institution of higher education offering Master’s and Doctoral degrees. It is affiliated with the Legionaries of Christ. The Institute is dedicated to the renewal of the Catholic Christian intellectual tradition and the integration of the theoretical and empirical bases of psychology and a Catholic-Christian view of the human person.

The Institute seeks to provide students an effective academic and educational environment that supports the integration of the psychological sciences and a Catholic-Christian understanding of the person through teaching and learning both knowledge and critical skills. It assists students intellectually and professionally as they prepare themselves to respond to their vocation as mental health professionals or as men and women in helping professions. The Institute’s mission also involves dialogue about its integrative approach with practitioners and scholars, nationally and internationally.

Objectives 

1) Through its Master of Science (M.S.) Program in Clinical Psychology, the Institute provides its students with basic education in the theoretical and empirical bases of psychology, as well as foundational training in clinical skills and their application in a manner consistent with a Catholic understanding of the person.  Such education and training prepares students for further graduate training in clinical psychology and allied fields or for career choices appropriate for master’s- level practitioners.

2) Through its Master of Science (M.S.) Program in Psychology, the Institute provides its students with a solid background in the theoretical and empirical bases of psychology and prepares them for further graduate studies in psychology and career choices where graduate training in psychology would be an important asset.

3) Through its Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) Program, the Institute provides its students with both basic and advanced education in the theoretical and empirical bases of psychology as well as both foundational and advanced-level clinical training and experiences.  Such a comprehensive, formative experience is aimed at producing practitioner-scholars, psychologists who can provide effective services in an ethical manner that is sensitive to human diversity and consistent with a Catholic understanding of the person.  The program also seeks to provide its students with knowledge and skill sets which allow for future development and participation in the wide variety of professional roles, leadership opportunities, and career choices available to psychologists trained at the doctoral level.