Counseling

The Department of Counseling at Loyola University New Orleans offers advanced courses leading to the Master of Science in Counseling degree. There are two tracks within the program, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling. Upon completion of the program, graduates will meet the course and education requirements to pursue their license as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Louisiana. The delivery methods of courses in the Counseling Department are primarily taught in a traditional, in-person format. However, several electives, two required courses, and clinical courses have online synchronous options.

Department of Counseling Faculty & Staff

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Academic Programs

The Department of Counseling offers the following degree programs at the graduate level. Detailed curriculum requirements are listed for each program below.

MS in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Science (MS) in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 60 credit hour, graduate-level degree program. Course delivery includes: In Person (IP) and/or Online Synchronous (OS). All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

  • Required Courses - students complete the following courses for 48 crs: 
    • CNSL A702 Research & Statistical Methods in Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A704 Research Writing Lab (1 cr) (IP) & (OS)
    • CNSL A706 Philosophy & Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A725 Lifespan Development (IP) & (OS)
    • CNSL A776 Clinical Assessment & Psychometrics (IP)
    • CNSL A830 Counseling Theories (IP)
    • CNSL A835 Introduction to Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A836 Individual Counseling Skills Lab (1 cr) (IP)
    • CNSL A840 Group Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A841 Career Counseling (OS)
    • CNSL A842 Multicultural Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A843 Group Counseling Skills Lab (1 cr) (IP) & (OS)
    • CNSL A855 Diagnostics in Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A863 Fundamentals of Practicum & Internship  (IP)
    • CNSL A864 Ethics in Individual, Marriage, & Family Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A865 Counseling Practicum (IP) & (OS)
    • CNSL A866 Counseling Internship  (IP) & (OS)
    • CNSL A866 Internship 2 (IP) & (OS)
       
  • Elective Courses - students complete 12 crs from the following list of courses, selected in consultation with an advisor (Note: faculty have the authority to change the delivery method of electives they are teaching. The notations listed below are typical delivery formats, but it is important to check the course listing when courses are posted for any adjustments to the delivery format that may differ.): 
    • CNSL A825 Human Sexuality Counseling (OS)
    • CNSL A837 Child Counseling: Play Therapy (IP)
    • CNSL A845 Addiction Counseling (OS)
    • CNSL A848 Play Therapy Theories (OS)
    • CNSL A849 Activity Group Therapy (IP)
    • CNSL A850 Introduction to Family Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A851 School Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A852 Marriage & Couples Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A853 Child/Parent Relationship Therapy (IP)
    • CNSL A856 Clinical Thanatology: Death & Dying (OS)
    • CNSL A857 Psychopathology in Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A858 Scholarship in Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A862 Family Systems (IP)
    • CNSL A868 Crisis Intervention (IP)

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MS in Counseling - Marriage, Couples, & Family Counseling

The Master of Science (MS) in Counseling - Marriage, Couples, & Family Counseling is a 60 credit hour, graduate-level degree program.

  • Required Courses - students complete the following courses for 48 crs: 
    • CNSL A702 Research & Statistical Methods in Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A704 Research Writing Lab (1 cr)  (IP) & (OS)
    • CNSL A706 Philosophy & Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A725 Lifespan Development (IP) & (OS)
    • CNSL A776 Clinical Assessment & Psychometrics (IP)
    • CNSL A830 Counseling Theories (IP)
    • CNSL A835 Introduction to Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A836 Individual Counseling Skills Lab (1 cr) (IP)
    • CNSL A840 Group Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A841 Career Counseling (OS)
    • CNSL A842 Multicultural Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A843 Group Counseling Skills Lab (1 cr) (IP)
    • CNSL A855 Diagnostics in Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A863 Fundamentals of Practicum & Internship  (IP)
    • CNSL A864 Ethics in Individual, Marriage, & Family Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A865 Counseling Practicum (IP) & (OS)
    • CNSL A866 Counseling Internship  (IP) & (OS)
    • CNSL A866 Internship 2 (IP) & (OS)
  • Marriage, Couples, & Family Counseling Requirements - students complete the following courses for 9 crs: 
    • CNSL A850 Introduction to Family Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A852 Marriage & Couples Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A862 Family Systems (IP)
  • Elective Courses - students complete 3 crs from the following list of courses, selected in consultation with an advisor: 
    • CNSL A825 Human Sexuality Counseling (OS)
    • CNSL A837 Child Counseling: Play Therapy (IP)
    • CNSL A845 Addiction Counseling (OS)
    • CNSL A848 Play Therapy Theories (OS)
    • CNSL A849 Activity Group Therapy (IP)
    • CNSL A851 School Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A853 Child/Parent Relationship Therapy (IP)
    • CNSL A856 Clinical Thanatology: Death & Dying (OS)
    • CNSL A857 Psychopathology in Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A858 Scholarship in Counseling (IP)
    • CNSL A868 Crisis Intervention (IP)

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Dual Degrees

The Department of Counseling participates in dual degree programs in collaboration with the Department of Criminology & Justice, the School of Music & Theatre Arts, and the Loyola Institute for Ministry. Detailed information can be found in the Dual Degrees entry of the Graduate Bulletin

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Accreditation

The Counseling program at Loyola University New Orleans is dually accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in both Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Marriage Couple, and Family Counseling. The current accreditation cycle runs through March 31, 2028.

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Admission to Counseling Programs

Admission to the degree program requires a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Acceptance is based on a combination of: 

  1. GPA
  2. Results of Graduate Record Examination (can be waived if applicant maintained a 3.0 or above during the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, or if the applicant completed a graduate-level degree)
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Written objective statement (1-3 pages)
  5. Admission interview
  6. Writing sample

Details about the admission process can be found on the Counseling Program's website.

Conditional Acceptance

Students who are accepted on a conditional basis are required to receive a grade no lower than a “B” (this includes a B-) in the first 18 hours of their counseling department required coursework. Students accepted conditionally who receive a grade lower than a “B” in any of the first 18 hours of coursework will be dismissed from the program.  In order to facilitate conditionally admitted students’ success, the Counseling Department may suggest that students conditionally admitted enroll in a maximum of 8 credit hours each semester for their first 18 hours of coursework.

Leave of Absence

If a student takes a leave of absence of longer than 1 year, they will need to reapply to the Department of Counseling and follow the procedures outlined in the University Bulletin.

If a student wishes to return within one year or before their leave of absence expires, re-application is not necessary. Please reach out to the Chair of the Department and the Department Assistant for approval, then proceed to contact Student Records to update your enrollment status. If the leave was a medical leave, please also reach out to Student Health Services.

To initiate a leave of absence/withdrawal, please follow the following steps:

  1. Notify the Chair of the Department, your assigned advisor, the Department Assistant, and the Admissions and Clinical Coordinator.
  2. Please review the University Bulletin regarding the process to request a leave of absence, medical withdrawal, etc. Information about the maximum length of a leave of absence before having to reapply is also included in the link.
  3. Locate the appropriate form for your request, fill it out and circulate it according to the instructions provided on the page. Please keep in mind that there is a return process also (through Student Records). If applicable, please follow that process to avoid any delays. Please note that if you are currently enrolled in courses and prefer to withdraw before the end of the semester, you are required to submit two forms (course withdrawal form and university withdrawal form).
  4. Provide copies of the completed form that you will submit to Student Records to the Department Assistant.

Readmission

If a student is withdrawn from the program due to academic or disposition concerns, and is seeking readmission, they are required to formally re-apply directly to the department of counseling. Students who are withdrawn for academic or disposition concerns are rarely readmitted, and the admissions coordinator and or department faculty may require them to submit more documentation than first-time applicants. For example, they may be required to submit extra letters of recommendation and/or letters of support from licensed professionals. Any extra documentation required is at the discretion of the faculty and admissions coordinator. Refusal or inability to attain this documentation will disqualify the candidate. The faculty have the right to refuse any candidate for admission or readmission despite their academic record, based on quantitative or qualitative data including personality traits and dispositions.

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Progression & Graduation Requirements

All candidates are required to complete at least 60 credit hours of graduate work to receive the degree. A course in which the student has earned a grade of D or F cannot be counted toward the completion of graduation requirements, but is used in determining the grade point average.

It is important to note here, however, that there are several courses for which students are not allowed to receive less than a “B”, even if they are able to maintain the 3.0 GPA. The courses listed as a “Core Requirement” are considered by the counseling faculty to be so important that if a student receives lower than a “B” (including B-), the student will be required to retake the course. The student will not be allowed to take further courses which require the core requirement class as a prerequisite, until they have received a “B” or higher in the core requirement course. If the student who retakes a core requirement course is still unable to receive a “B” or higher, he or she will be dismissed from the program.

Courses, including those taken in the Department of Counseling at Loyola University, must be completed within seven years. Students wanting to take independent study courses must petition the department faculty at least one month before registration. Please consult with your program advisor for details.

In addition to all information provided in the bulletin, there is a more detailed description of the program’s policies in the Counseling Student Handbook. A hard copy can be requested through the Counseling Department (504) 864-7840 or through the departmental website. There is a worksheet outlining all of the courses, including prerequisites, primary, and required in the Counseling Student Handbook.

Grade Point Average Requirements

All students in the counseling program must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their counseling coursework throughout their tenure in the counseling program as outlined in the Counseling Student Handbook. Students who are in a dual degree program may not count the courses from the other degree towards their Counseling GPA. 

Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below the 3.0 GPA requirement (who are not under the conditional requirements outlined in the previous section), will be notified in writing that they are on Academic Probation. The Graduate Counseling Committee of the Department of Counseling will meet to review the student's status and make recommendations (including possible academic dismissal from the program).

Comprehensive Exam

All counseling students are required to pass a Comprehensive Examination before they are permitted to graduate. The Comprehensive Examination is designed to cover all course work completed in the counseling program. Questions will pertain to information offered in the Core Courses, and Required Courses. Students who fail to achieve a satisfactory level of performance on the Comprehensive Examination will not be permitted to graduate.  Students must apply for Comprehensive Examinations by the deadline outlined in the Student Handbook.

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Transfer of Academic Credits

Students who have taken graduate courses prior to entering the program may request transfer credit according to the university graduate transfer credit policy, with the following conditions.

Students may not obtain transfer credit for the following courses: 

  • CNSL A830 Counseling Theories
  • CNSL A835 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • CNSL A840 Group Counseling
  • CNSL A864 Ethics in Individual, Marriage, and Family Counseling
  • CNSL A855 Diagnostics in Counseling
  • CNSL A863 Fundamentals of Practicum and Internship
  • CNSL A865 Counseling Practicum
  • CNSL A866 Counseling Internship 

Students wishing to obtain graduate transfer credit for any other classes taken at another university must petition the Graduate Counseling Committee of the Counseling Department.

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