Master of Science in Counseling Program

Course Program

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

All students must take the following graduate primary courses in the beginning of their programs:

  • CNSL A702 Research and Statistical Methods in Counseling 
  • CNSL A704 Research Writing Lab
  • 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 counseling.
  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 60-hour master of science degree in counseling. Upon Graduation, students pursuing this master’s degree are eligible to pursue 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. In addition, students may select degree plans leading to Louisiana Elementary or Secondary School Counselor Certification, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and/or Registered Play Therapist (RPT).

Applicants and students can obtain more detailed information from the Student Handbook available in the counseling 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 Primary Courses (7 Hrs.)

 Course  Cr. Hrs.
CNSL A702 Research and Statistical Methods in Counseling
CNSL A704 Research Writing Lab
CNSL A706 Philosophy and Counseling
3
1
3

Required Counseling Courses (44 Hrs.)

 Course  Cr. Hrs.
CNSL A725 Developmental Psychology
CNSL A776 Measurement and Assessment
CNSL A830 Counseling Theories
CNSL A835 Counseling Practice
CNSL A836 Individual Counseling Skills Lab
CNSL A840 Group Counseling
CNSL A842 Multicultural Counseling
CNSL A843 Group Counseling Skills Lab
CNSL A841 Vocational Counseling
CNSL A846 Ethics and Counseling
CNSL A855 Adult Diagnosis and Treatment
CNSL A854 Child Diagnosis and Treatment
CNSL A363 Fundamentals of Practicum and Internship
CNSL A865 Practicum
CNSL A866 Internship I
CNSL A866 Internship II
3
3
3
3
1
3
3
1
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
 

Recommended Elective Courses (9 Hrs.)

Course Cr. Hrs.

CNSL A722 Advanced Child Psychology 

CNSL A837 Counseling Children: Play Therapy 

CNSL A845 Systematic Substance Abuse Counseling
CNSL A846 Ethics in Individual, Marriage and Family Counseling

CNSL A848 Play Therapy Theories
CNSL A849 Activity Group Therapy
CNSL A850 Introduction to Family Counseling

CNSL A851 School Counseling
CNSL A852 Marriage and Couples Counseling

CNSL A853 Child/Parent Relationship Therapy
CNSL A862 Family Systems
CNSL A894 Experimental Courses (with adviser’s approval)
CNSL A866 Internship III

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
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.

Counseling Graduate Courses