|Dr. Gladys Sweeney|
Following is a statement from Dr. Gladys Sweeney, founder and
dean of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences.
my retirement from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences approaches,
I have been asked to give my reflections on the
Institute and its mission. After 13 years of operation, it
has become manifestly clear to me that the Institute has
been the work of God from its inception.
inspiration took shape in 1997, I did not appreciate the
tremendous impact on today’s society of the mission of IPS
in forming Catholic psychologists. Psychologists who are not afraid to
practice their vocation to heal in correspondence with the truth
about the human person. Catholic psychologists who understand the transcendent
nature of their clients -- clients who are searching and thirsting
for the love of God and others because they have not
experienced it in their lives.
I think the most important
task of the Institute is to take seriously the formation
of clinical psychologists who are called to free the wounded
clients who consult them from addictions, obsessions, compulsions, and various disorders
so they can live their lives grounded in the truth
about themselves. This truth is that no matter what they
have done, or have suffered, they were created out of
love and redeemed by love, and there is nothing that
will take that away. Their very existence has been willed
by a loving God and He awaits them to spend
eternity with them.
Viewing therapy this way, the therapeutic encounter
could not possibly be considered as random, but providential, and
the therapist is seen as an instrument of healing who
helps polish the beautiful diamond inside the person who comes
to them for healing. This diamond is the Imago Dei,
that needs to be transformed from carbon to its shining
state. When treated with such dignity, patients begin to flourish,
and not just rid themselves of the symptoms. They learn
that the past does not determine them, and they are
given their humanity and freedom.
|In the classroom at IPS|
Even if they are agnostic or
atheist, the natural law is written in their hearts and
they desire to seek the good and avoid evil. The
Catholic psychologist understands this need and helps them recognize, accept
and eventually give genuine love, which many have not known
in their lives.
God has blessed IPS with many gifts.
Among them an outstanding faculty, bright, faithful and committed students,
a dedicated staff and regional accreditation for the next ten
years. God will continue to bless it abundantly under the
direction of the Legionaries of Christ. I’m grateful that God
has given me the opportunity to serve Him in this
wonderful mission and to see already the fruits of this
apostolic endeavor. IPS alumni and students are bringing hope to
many, including Holy Mother Church.
May God grant IPS continued graces
and blessings for many centuries to come!
Thank you, Dr. Sweeney,
for your wonderful service.