Divine Mercy University

Introduction

Divine Mercy University

Divine Mercy University (DMU) is a Catholic graduate school of psychology and counseling, founded in 1999 as the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. The University is dedicated to the scientific study of psychology with a Catholic understanding of the person, marriage and the family. The University offers a Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctoral (Psy.D.) degrees in Clinical Psychology, a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Psychology and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Divine Mercy University (DMU) is governed by its Board of Directors, which has complete and final governing authority over the University. 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 University by providing a President and a Chaplain and helping to maintain the Catholic identity of the institution.

Vision

Divine Mercy University (DMU) 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

Divine Mercy University (DMU) is an institution of higher education offering Master and Doctoral degrees. It is affiliated with the Legionaries of Christ. The University 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.

Divine Mercy University (DMU) 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 University’s mission also involves dialogue about its integrative approach with practitioners and scholars, nationally and internationally.

The DMU Model

Divine Mercy University (DMU) is forming professionals in the mental health field and other psychology-related careers to meet the growing demand for men and women who respect the dignity and uniqueness of every client.

As a result of our clinical programs, DMU clinicians go beyond simple symptom relief to facilitate true healing and growth for clients and their families. Every one of our programs educate students so that they will help clients develop virtues and flourish as human beings.

To assist in articulating this integrated understanding of each client’s complete reality (spiritual, emotional, temporal), the DMU faculty – clinicians and theoreticians, sociologists, philosophers and theologians – meet regularly in a research group call the Faculty Integration Project.

A decade of this multidisciplinary work has resulted in “The DMU Model” of integration.

This DMU Model brings together scientific psychology’s theoretical and empirically-based knowledge with philosophical and theological insights about the person from the Catholic faith.

Student Testimonials

“The professors provide an invaluable perspective on the compassion crucial in addressing mental health issues. Moreover, the focus on psychology in terms of man’s physical and spiritual existence equips each student with a full understanding of what it means to be psychologically healthy.” Anna Adams, USA

“My education has been invaluable in my day-to-day experience of therapy with college students. I learned to look at the whole person: spiritually, intellectually, physically, and psychologically; to both distinguish issues in each area as well as identify the overlap that exists between the categories in any given person. IPS gave me the tools necessary to continue the integration of faith and psychology in my career as a therapist.” Kate Ebeler, USA

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Master of Science in Counseling (Online)

Online Part time 3 - 7 years September 2017 USA Arlington

The M.S. in Counseling in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) is a online counseling degree program that embraces the Catholic-Christian vision and educates in the core dispositions established by industry standards. Students acquire the necessary counseling knowledge and skills to engage in communities as effective community leaders and social justice advocates. [+]

The Master of Science in Counseling in Clinical Mental Health Counseling The Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) is an online counseling degree program that embraces the Catholic-Christian vision and educates in the core dispositions established by industry standards. Students acquire the necessary counseling knowledge and skills to engage in communities as effective community leaders and social justice advocates. Graduates are compassionate and ethical in their work as trained professionals that honor and respect the innate dignity of every person in a global, diverse population. The online counseling degree program requires 66 semester credit hours of coursework, a practicum experience of 100 hours with a minimum of 40 hours of direct services and an internship of 600 hours with a minimum of 240 hours of direct service. Students are also required to travel to complete three extended weekend residencies in the duration of the program. State of the art technology is used for both asynchronous (traditional online learning) with significant use of video taping of various clinical and professional skills to be reviewed by peers and faculty, and synchronous learning where students will have virtual face-to-face interactions in their learning process. The SOC counseling program is an entry-level, online counselor education program. Curriculum is designed to meet the educational requirements for certification and licensure in the State of Virginia. The American Counseling Association (ACA) (2016) provides license information for each state. What can I do with an M.S. in Counseling? Master level professional counselors are employed by clinical mental health agencies, counseling centers, private practices, church/mission settings, hospitals, in-patient facilities, school support services, military facilities, and in overseas settings. Is the program offered in my state? Divine Mercy University (DMU) is both obligated and committed to compliance with states laws regulating distance education. For purposes of this summary, distance education includes 100% online programs, online programs that require some on-the-ground experience, certificate programs, and non-credit programs and/or courses that will be delivered to students residing outside the state of Virginia. State laws regarding distance education vary state-by-state, and even program-by-program within a state. Accreditation Divine Mercy University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award masters and doctorate degrees. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program curricula is aligned with premier industry programmatic standards established by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The DMU-SOC CMHC program is not yet accredited by CACREP. DMU cannot hold any promise or guarantee of becoming CACREP accredited; however, DMU is committed to applying for CACREP accreditation in the design, preparation and deployment of the program. Program Requirements The Master of Science in Counseling program requires 66 credit hours for graduation. A practicum experience of 100 hours with a minimum of 40 hours of direct services and an internship of 600 hours with a minimum of 240 hours of direct service are required as part of the 66 course credits. Graduates of the DMU School of Counseling Clinical Mental Health Counseling program will be able to: Exhibit a vibrant professional counselor identity with the foundational knowledge and skills of the profession. Enter the client’s life narrative with compassion and respect. Develop person-centered, comprehensive case conceptualization for effective treatment planning. Employ basic social and behavioral sciences, a habit of evidential reasoning, and the multiple roles of professional counseling to promote human flourishing. Embody a vision of the flourishing person that inspires them, as professional counselors, and their clients to have courage to trust, hope and love. Completion Requirements Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to graduate: Complete all candidacy, practicum and internship requirements Complete all required hours of specified coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and no grade lower than a “B” Fulfill the course requirements of COUN 500 Counseling Advisement each semester Receive a satisfactory faculty recommendation based upon the bi-annual Professional Performance Review process. Time Limitation Students typically complete the program over a three-year period The time limit for completion of all requirements is seven (7) years, measured from the date a student begins coursework in the Master of Science in Counseling program Curriculum The M.S. in Counseling Degree requirements are designed to be completed in two-three years of full-time study. The curriculum is conveyed primarily asynchronous with synchronous requirements. Asynchronous learning is what is typically thought of with online learning: students can access the information and work on learning activities in any location and at any time. Synchronous learning is when students interact in-real time with other students and faculty through various technologies such as video conferencing and with extended weekend residencies. Online video conferencing will include students doing role plays or demonstrating skills based on student schedules (synchronous) and then uploading the video for faculty and/or student reviews (asynchronous). Skills will cover basic interpersonal skills to advanced counseling techniques, presentation skills, and other skills necessary for the counseling profession. The CMHC program includes 22 credit bearing courses for a total of 66 credit hours. DMU operates using a Fall, Spring, and Summer semester model, with two 8-week terms in the Fall and Spring semesters, and one 8-week term during the Summer. DMU courses satisfy requirements for 3 semester credits provided for each course with a few exceptions. The following courses differ: COUN 500, Advisement 16-week course (1 full semester, or 2 terms, every semester enrolled in any other SOC course, and zero cost/zero credit). COUN 690, Practicum and Advanced Counseling Skills: 10-week course (3 credit hours). COUN 691, Internship 1: 16-week course (1 full semester, or 2 terms and 3 credit hours). COUN 692, Internship 2: 16-week course (1 full semester, or 2 terms and 3 credit hours). COUN 500 Counseling Advisement (0) COUN 510 Foundation and Ethics of Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3) COUN 520 Theories and Models of Counseling and Personality (3) COUN 530 Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan (3) COUN 540 Career Development (3) COUN 550 Research and Program Evaluation (3) COUN 560 Social and Cultural Diversity (3) COUN 570 Marriage and Family Systems Theory (3) COUN 580 Counseling Skills and Helping Relationships (3) COUN 600 Developmental Psychopathology – Risk and Resilience (3) COUN 610 Group Counseling and Group Work (3) COUN 620 Assessment and Testing Across the Lifespan (3) COUN 630 Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (3) COUN 640 Crisis & Trauma-Prevention and Treatment (3) COUN 650 Addictions Counseling (3) COUN 660 Child and Adolescent Counseling (3) COUN 670 Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling (3) COUN 690 Counseling Practicum/Advanced Clinical Intervention Skills (3) COUN 691 & 692 Counseling Internship I (3) & 2 (3) PHT 513 The Flourishing Person (3) PHT 523 Moral Character and Spiritual Flourishing (3) PHT 533 Flourishing in Relationships (3) [-]

Master of Science in Psychology (Online)

Online Full time Part time 2 years September 2017 USA Arlington + 1 more

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology is a 36- credit hour, 100% online graduate program that is designed to be completed in two years of enrolled study. The online masters in psychology program provides professional competency in psychology while developing an integrative understanding of the human person in application to service delivery. [+]

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology The Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology is a 36- credit hour, 100% online graduate program that is designed to be completed in two years of enrolled study. The online masters in psychology program provides professional competency in psychology while developing an integrative understanding of the human person in application to service delivery. This online masters in psychology program seeks to exhibit advanced professional skills such as communication, interpersonal, leadership skills, budgeting, program evaluation, and cultural awareness in order to enable growth as a transformational leader in a service-delivery setting. Through DMU’s unique curriculum, you will become a transformational leader, strengthened by Catholic-Christian teachings on human dignity and informed by foundations in modern psychology. DMU specializes in a Psychology curriculum that roots every course in a Catholic-Christian understanding of the human person. How will this online masters in psychology program impact your career or vocation? By understanding the whole person and not just their behaviors, you will be prepared to: - Help people to flourish in their personal vocations and daily life. - Build and maintain relationships with clients, manage cases, and facilitate groups. - Act effectively in situations where de-escalation, negotiation, and crisis intervention are needed. - Examine in-depth theory and research associated with the diagnosis and treatment of common psychological problems. - Recognize the integrity and dignity of each person you encounter. - Recruit and lead a volunteer team. - Integrate research and program evaluation data to improve your practice and the delivery of services. Degree Requirements 36 credit hours as outlined in the curriculum, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Length 5 Terms per year/approximately 2 years. Start dates in January, May and August. Full-time and Part-time enrollment available. Format Fully online coursework Licensure Eligibility This program does not lead to licensure. Program Philosophy, Goals, and Objectives The University has identified nine core program outcomes embodying the competencies that are the foundation of the M.S. in Psychology Program curriculum. 1. Analyze the major concepts, theories, and methodologies in psychology. 2. Develop a thorough understanding of the Catholic/Christian vision of the person. 3. Synthesize the Catholic/Christian vision with contemporary psychological theories, research, and interventions. 4. Synthesize findings from research to develop relevant interventions and direct services in a variety of workplace settings. 5. Appraise the impact of diversity factors on the administration of teams and the delivery of services to various populations. 6. Evaluate ethical, legal, and administrative decisions and practices in the design and delivery of services. 7. Evaluate critically one’s own biases, assumptions, attitudes, etc., and their effect on decision-making, planning, interpersonal communication, and working in teams. 8. Exhibit effective communication and other interpersonal skills, necessary for client relationships and workplace leadership. 9. Evaluate the attitudes, skill sets, and strategies for being a transformational leader in a service-delivery setting. Curriculum DMU’s Unique Model – which roots every course in a Catholic understanding of the human person — is forming students to meet the growing demand in today’s culture for professionals who recognize the dignity and uniqueness of each man, woman and child. DMU students learn to look beyond demonstrated behaviors and see the whole person, helping them to grow spiritually, emotionally, and biologically. An DMU education not only provides a firm foundation in psychology, but also the knowledge and skills necessary to help people develop virtues and flourish as human beings. The Institute for the Psychological Sciences’ M.S. in Psychology is an online program prepared specifically to help students to grow in their careers, both after the degree’s completion as well as throughout the coursework. Students will be able to apply acquired practical skills to their workplace or ministry as they learn them. A non-therapeutic degree, this M.S. in Psychology enables students to increase their competencies as professionals in psychology-related fields, while, at the same time, to make an impact on those they serve, strengthened by knowledge of a rich body of Catholic teachings on the human person. - PSY 550 Helping People Flourish: A Catholic-Christian Approach to Psychology - PSY 555 Relationship and Intervention Skills Theory and Application - PHT 507 The Catholic-Christian Vision of the Person - PSY 560 Human Growth & Development Across the Lifespan - PSY 565 Common Psychological Problems and Their Treatment - PHT 508 The Catholic-Christian Vision of Flourishing: Vocations & Virtues - PSY 570 Statistical Analysis for Psychology and the Social Sciences - PSY 575 Social Psychology, Groups, and Diversity - PSY 580 Personality, Individual Differences, and Intelligence - PSY 585 Evidence-based Practice and Program Evaluation - PSY 590 Leading People and Programs - PSY 595 Capstone: The Transformational Leader in the Helping Professions [-]

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