Counseling Overview

Counseling

CHAIR/ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: LeAnne Steen, Ph.D.
OFFICE: 210 Mercy Hall
PROFESSOR: Justin E. Levitov, Ph.D.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR: Timothy Dwyer, Ph.D.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: Thomas Foster, Ph.D.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR/SCHOOL COUNSELOR DIRECTOR: Christine Ebrahim, Ph.D.
ADJUNCT: Rachel Cupit, Ph.D.& Ellen Levitov, MRC
WEB PAGE: css.loyno.edu/counseling

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, license in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) and certification in Play Therapy (RPT) as well.

Accreditation

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Loyola University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The accreditation cycle runs through 2012 at which time the program will seek to renew the accreditation. (Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is currently accredited under the 2001 Standards for Community Counseling Programs as a Community Counseling program. The 2009 Standards combine the Standards for Community Counseling Programs and Standards for Mental Health Counseling Programs into Standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs. The counseling program intends to seek accreditation for this program when it comes up for reaccreditation, per CACREP guidelines.)

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 (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 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.

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 student's 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 “Core 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 core requirement class as a prerequisite, until they have received a “B” or higher in the core requirement course. The student who retakes a core 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 core 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 and April. 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 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.

For a complete Transfer of Academic Credit policy, please view - http://2011bulletin.loyno.edu/graduate/graduate-academic-regulations#transfer_of_credit