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Letter from Dean Emeritus

A Message from Dr. Sweeney

So you’re wondering what makes IPS unique? Allow me to explain.

Being a psychologist is a vocation, a calling, to heal and significantly impact the well-being of individuals, marriages and families.

Most clients have been wounded and betrayed, and some have wounded and betrayed others. A psychologist that understands the profession as a vocation does not simply see the addict, the alcoholic, the spouse abuser, the struggling marriage in need of behavior
modification, anger control, cognitive restructuring or communication skills training. Rather, the psychologist is called to see the client in terms of their inherent dignity, created out of love and redeemed by love, as God himself sees the person.

A therapist who follows this call sees all of this, even if he or she never mentions God to the client. They see the therapeutic encounter with the client as providential and not random, and themselves as instruments of healing for the person. Healing includes helping the client understand his inherent self-worth, and the need to come out of themselves and give to others. They see that freeing people from depression, addiction, obsession, and so on serves as the means to the larger goal of freedom for the flourishing life, the virtuous life. They move people from unhappiness to hope.

The Institute’s comprehensive curriculum brings together the study of the empirically-proven psychotherapeutic techniques and the study of philosophical and theological sources. This enables our graduates to grasp all the complexities of the human person, including the transcendent and spiritual dimension. We are training our students to be leaders in the field and to practice as psychologists answering this vocation.

Are you called to join us?  To request more information, click here.

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Gladys M. Sweeney, Ph.D.
Dean Emeritus and Senior Scholar