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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2009

August 26-30 Wolfpack Welcome
August 31 Classes begin
September 4
Add deadline
October 30 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 11 Last day of classes
December 12-18 Final Exams

Spring Term 2010

January 8 New Student Orientation
January 11 Classes begin
January 15 Add deadline
March 12 Last day to withdraw & last day to apply for graduation
April 28 Last day of classes
April 30 - May 6 Final Exams
May 8 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin


PROFESSOR: Justin E. Levitov
INSTRUCTOR: Christine Ebrahim, Ph.D.
ADJUNCT: Ellen Levitov, MRC

The Department of Counseling offers advanced courses leading to the Master of Science degree in counseling. Upon completion of the program, graduates will meet the course and education requirements to pursue their license as a Licensed Professional counselor (LPC). Courses are available for state certification in school counseling as well.


The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the Department of Counseling’s Community Counseling (M.S. degree) program.

Admission to the Graduate Program

Admission to the degree program requires a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Acceptance is based on a combination of criteria: 1) GPA accumulated during the last 60 hours of undergraduate work; 2) standardized test results (the Miller Analogy Test or Graduate Record Examination); 3) written recommendations; 4) admission interview; and 5) writing sample.

Conditional Acceptance:

Students who are accepted on a conditional basis are expected to receive a grade no lower than 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.

Degree Requirements

All candidates are required to complete at least 54 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.

A degree candidate whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 will automatically be placed on probation, and his or her status will be reviewed by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Counseling.

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 student handbook and the Graduate Bulletin (which is published online through the Loyola webpage). Students who are in a dual degree program may not count the courses from the other degree towards their Counseling GPA. Students who fall under 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 Committee of the Department of Counseling will meet to review the students status and make recommendations (including possible dismissal from the program).
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 “Primary Requirement” are considered by the counseling faculty to be so important, that if a student receives a “C” or lower, the student will be asked to retake the course and will not be allowed to take further courses which require the primary requirement class as a prerequisite, until they have received a “B” or higher in the primary requirement course. The student who retakes a primary requirement course and is still unable to receive a “B” or higher will be dismissed from the program. There is a worksheet outlining all of the courses, prerequisites, and primary requirements in the following section of the student manual.

A comprehensive written examination covering the student’s major area and graduate core courses must be passed upon completion of coursework. The examinations are scheduled in November, April, and July. Within the first four weeks of the semester in which the degree candidate is to graduate, he or she must file an application to take the comprehensive examination. (This is usually the last semester in which he or she is enrolled in courses.) If performance on the comprehensive examination is not satisfactory, the candidate will be required to reschedule an examination no sooner than the time regularly scheduled for the next comprehensive examination. The Graduate Committee of the Department of Counseling may elect to require an oral examination in addition to or in lieu of a second written examination.

Transfer of Academic Credit

Students who have earned academic credit at another accredited college or university may be allowed to transfer a maximum of six credit hours, with the approval of the departmental chair and/or dean of the college. Transfer of credits earned more than five years prior to enrollment will ordinarily not be considered.

Students are not normally allowed to transfer core courses or required courses into their programs of study. The Counseling Department will not accept transfer credit for Practicum or Internship courses. Students wishing to obtain graduate transfer credit for any other classes taken at another university must petition the Graduate Committee of the Counseling Department.
Transfer students will be informed of the amount of credit which will transfer prior to their enrollment, if possible, but at the latest, prior to the end of the first academic term in which they are enrolled.

Course Program

The student’s course of study is planned in collaboration with the major area adviser.

All students must take the following graduate core courses in the beginning of their programs:
• CNSL A702 Methods of Educational Research
• CNSL A703 Statistics in Education
• CNSL A706 Philosophy and Counseling

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

Counseling Program Philosophy and Mission Statement

Loyola’s Counseling Program offers eligible counseling graduate students a carefully designed curriculum that will prepare them personally, academically, and professionally to become skilled mental health counselors. One of the program’s core beliefs is that effective professional counselor preparation requires a continuous blend of three types of learning: academic learning, experiential learning, and learning about self. Thus this program, consistent with the Jesuit philosophy of educating the whole person, is designed to help students gain knowledge, understanding, and skills in a planned sequence that builds toward more advanced concepts and more sophisticated clinical interventions, all the while emphasizing ethical, social, and cultural concerns.

Academic Learning

Completion of prerequisite coursework ensures that beginning students have fundamental knowledge of the range of normal and abnormal human growth and development and possess basic computer utilization skills. The professional education core extends knowledge to include an understanding of the range of exceptionalities among young people and/or adults and a sensitive understanding of the nature of our pluralistic society. Within the professional education core, students also learn to conduct and evaluate research and become informed consumers of the research in their professional field. In the counseling core, students are introduced to the counseling profession in CNSL 830—Counseling Theories, CNSL 835—Counseling Practice, and CNSL 864—Ethics in Counseling. Subsequent core coursework will provide students with specialized knowledge, skills, and understanding about career development and counseling, diagnosis, appraisal and assessment techniques, group process in counseling, counseling theory, and legal, ethical, and professional issues in counseling.

Experiential Learning

Laboratory or experiential learning is provided early in the student’s program, and opportunities to advance and refine counseling skills continue throughout the program. CNSL 830—counseling Theories, the introductory counseling core course, systematically teaches theory and basic clinical applications. CNSL 835—Counseling Practice builds upon this foundation and presents an opportunity for basic counseling skills and provides students an opportunity to assess their comfort with the role of counselor. CNSL 836—Individual Counseling Skills Lab is completed in conjunction with CNSL—Counseling Practice. Students are assigned client actors to practice their individual counseling skills. CNSL 840—Group Counseling, also taught by laboratory method, enables students to learn group leadership and facilitation skills. CNSL 843 Group Counseling Skills Lab is completed simultaneously with CNSL 840—Group Counseling. Students have the opportunity to gain hands on experience facilitating counseling groups with client actors. Other courses in the counseling core and elective courses contain experiential components to ensure the continuous blend of the three types of learning. The laboratory learning sequence culminates in the Practicum and Internship. The entire sequence provides opportunities for students to observe counseling activities, develop counseling skills, and interact with clients. Students can expect constant feedback and supervision as they develop a unique and effective personal counseling style.

Learning About Self

The faculty believes that counselors are more effective when they are able to examine their own values, personal characteristics, motivations, and relationships with others. Students are therefore expected to extend their personal philosophies and become sensitive to their outlooks and ways of dealing with others. Opportunities are provided throughout the program for students to maximize their self-awareness and self-understanding. The faculty believe that self-understanding contributes to personal and professional maturity as well as to the capacity for good judgment.
Finally, the faculty believe that personal and professional development are enhanced when close, cooperative relationships exist among students, between student and professor, and among professors. A close working relationship must exist between student and adviser to facilitate the selection of a sequence of studies that provides optimal preparation to meet the student’s specific career goals. Class size and program size are limited to the number of students that can be adequately served to meet the goals of maintaining close relationships, providing quality clinical or lab training, and enhancing self-understanding.

Program Objectives

In accordance with the program’s mission to incorporate academic, experiential, and intrapersonal learning, Loyola University New Orleans offers a carefully chosen curriculum that blends these three components of learning. The overarching goal of the counseling program is to educate and train students to be ethical, competent, effective, and thoughtful mental health practitioners. The program’s objectives include the following:
1. To educate students to be clinically and theoretically competent in the practice of
2. To insure that all counseling students are exposed to and that they understand the
ethical principles that govern counseling.
3. To insure that all students practice in an effective and ethical way.
4. To provide a diverse and enriched collection of training experiences during the
course of the student’s academic preparation.
5. To integrate course offerings so that students realize how each area of specialization is integrated into practice.
6. To encourage students to pursue additional training and advanced certification
throughout their professional careers.
7. To pursue creative training methods that enhance student learning while honoring
ethical concerns.

Master of Science in Counseling

The Department of Counseling offers a 54-hour master of science degree in counseling. Students pursuing this master’s degree may select degree plans leading to Louisiana Elementary or Secondary School Counselor Certification and licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.) in Louisiana. Graduates of the program who qualify for school counselor certification work in public, private, and parochial schools. Graduates obtain the L.P.C. only after successfully completing 3,000 hours of supervised post-master’s clinical experience and passing the state licensing examination. These counseling professionals work in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, hospitals, substance abuse centers, and private practice.

Applicants and students can obtain more detailed information from the Student Handbook available in the education department office, Mercy Hall Room 210. The counseling curriculum which follows contains required and elective courses offered in the counseling program. Students should consult with their adviser regarding course selection and requirements.

Required Core Courses (10 Hrs.)
Course                                                               Cr. Hrs.
CNSL A702 Methods of Educational Research    3
CNSL A703 Statistics in Education                      3
CNSL A704 Research Writing Lab                       1
CNSL A706 Philosophy and Counseling              3

Required Counseling Courses (38 Hrs.)
Course                                                              Cr. Hrs.
CNSL A725 Developmental Psychology             3
CNSL A776 Measurement and Assessment       3
CNSL A830 Counseling Theories                       3
CNSL A835 Counseling Practice                        3
CNSL A836 Individual Counseling Skills Lab     1
CNSL A840 Group Counseling                          3
CNSL A842 Multicultural Counseling                 3
CNSL A843 Group Counseling Skills Lab           1
CNSL A841 Vocational Counseling                    3
CNSL A846 Ethics and Counseling                    3
CNSL A855 Diagnosis and Treatment               3
CNSL A865 Practicum                                        3
CNSL A866 Internship I                                    3
CNSL A866 Internship II                                   3

Elective Courses (6 Hrs.)
Course                                                                                  Cr. Hrs.
CNSL A722 Advanced Child Psychology                                 3
CNSL A837 Counseling Children: Play Therapy                      3
CNSL A845 Substance Abuse                                                 3
CNSL A850 Introduction to Family Counseling                       3
CNSL A851 School Counseling                                               3
CNSL A894 Experimental Courses(with adviser’s approval)   3

*In addition to all information provided in the bulletin, there is a more detailed description of the program’s policies in the student handbook. A hard copy can be requested through the Counseling Department (504)864-7848 or through the departmental website.