Our Mission Statement
The Institute for the Psychological Sciences, an institution of higher education offering Masters and Doctoral degrees, affiliated with the Legionaries of Christ, is dedicated to the renewal of the Christian intellectual tradition and the development of a psychology consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church and in constructive dialogue with the modern world.
The Institute seeks to provide an effective academic and educational environment for assisting students intellectually and professionally as they prepare themselves to respond to their calling as mental health professionals.
Integral to the Institute's mission is the development of Catholic approaches to psychology within the broader professional community, both nationally and internationally.
The Institute for the Psychological Sciences was founded by a group of mental health professionals, academicians and clinicians, under the leadership of Dr. Gladys Sweeney, who perceived a need for a proper understanding of the interrelationship between psychology and faith life. Their experiences in sponsoring workshops for licensed mental health professionals convinced them of the need for a new degree-granting institution. The Institute for the Psychological Sciences was established in September 1999, offering instruction leading to the Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. The following year, it initiated and enrolled its first class in its Doctor of Psychology degree program in Clinical Psychology.
Commitment to Academic Excellence
The Board of Directors and the Faculty of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences are committed to maintaining the highest academic standards in teaching and clinical training. In pursuit of academic excellence, the Institute for the Psychological Sciences commits itself to:
Continually strengthening the quality of its teaching by supporting innovative programs, and through an ongoing process of evaluation by its students, faculty, and consultants.
Providing instruction in accordance with the teaching of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
Encouraging and fostering the spiritual formation of its students through opportunities to participate in spiritual direction, retreats, conferences, and religious services.
The Institute for the Psychological Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award masters and doctoral degrees.
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1866 Southern Lane, Decatur GA. 30033 (404) 679-4500