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IPS Student Research Highlighted at Conferences

5/1/2012 - 11:29 AM PST

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Arlington, VA (May 1, 2012) - Three students from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS), a 12-year-old, ground-breaking Catholic graduate school of psychology, have been recognized by professional organizations for their research findings in the field of psychology.

The research contributions by doctoral student Marie Claire Roderick, M.S., will be presented at an international conference in June, while master's students Joanna Schmitz and Sr. Rejoice Hoedoafia, S.O.L.T., recently presented papers at a state mental health workshop for counselors.

Ms. Roderick is currently an extern with the HSC Pediatric Center at Children's Medical Center in Washington, DC, and with the Neurobehavioral Group at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes for Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD.

She assisted in the research for "Attitudes About Internet Support Groups Among Adolescents and Young Adults with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 and their Parents." The findings will be presented at the Children's Tumor Foundation 2012 NF (Neurofibromatosis) Conference in New Orleans, LA.

"This is a great pleasure and honor because I have always considered the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to be the leaders in the field," said Ms. Roderick. "I never imagined that I would have an opportunity to participate in their research, let alone be included on a poster presentation."

Master's students Mrs. Schmitz and Sr. Hoedoafia, both externs at a counseling facility in Silver Spring, MD, were invited to present at a workshop entitled, Working With Resistant Clients, sponsored by the Maryland Association for Counseling and Development (MACD), on Friday, April 20, 2012.

Mrs. Schmitz co-presented "Using the Transtheoretical Model with Resistant Clients," while Sr. Hoedoafia presented on "Challenges of Africans Accessing Mental Health."

"It was a privilege to be asked to share with counselors my knowledge about multicultural competencies in working with African immigrants in America," said Sr. Hoedoafia, a native of Ghana.

She added that one of the counselors in attendance cited a study that was a compliment to the work being done at IPS: "Counselors will help people develop competency in coping with a wide range of personal problems. Religious issues, however, are frequently viewed with apprehension."

For Mrs. Schmitz, the opportunity to present to mental health professionals provided excellent training for future speaking engagements as a clinician.

"The workshop went well, and my supervisor received positive feedback from many of the participants. I'm thankful for having had this tremendous opportunity!"

Both master's students are nearing completion of their current M.S.-Plus Practicum which provides additional classes and clinical training for students seeking master's-level licensure. (Recent changes in this program have been compressed it into two years and two summers, rather than adding a third year.).

"I am very proud of our IPS students who continue to amaze me with their scholarship and contributions to the field of psychology, and their ability to present in both secular and Christian psychology venues," noted Dr. William Nordling, Ph.D., chairman of the IPS psychology department.

Information About IPS

Founded in 1999 in Arlington, VA, IPS is a Catholic graduate school of psychology offering master's and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, and a master's degree in general psychology.

The Institute's distinctive curriculum integrates the science of psychology with insights about the human person from theology and philosophy. At IPS, students are trained to use this integrated approach along with empirical methods for comprehensive assessment and therapeutic intervention.


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