2015-2016 Graduate Academic Catalogue 
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2015-2016 Graduate Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pastoral Counseling

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Office: Columbia Campus
Telephone: 410‑617‑7620 or 800‑221‑9107, x7620
Website: www.loyola.edu/academic/pastoralcounseling

Chair: L. Mickey Fenzel, Professor

Founding Director: Barry K. Estadt
Director, M.A. Program: Thomas E. Rodgerson
Director, M.S. Program: Lawrence M. LeNoir
Director, C.A.S. Program: Gina Maygar-Russell
Director, Ph.D. Program: Joseph Stewart-Sicking
Director, Clinical Education: Danielle LaSure-Bryant
Director, Program Operations: Betsy Davis Church

Professors: Sharon E. Cheston; Barry K. Estadt (emeritus); L. Mickey Fenzel; Joanne Marie Greer (emerita); Ralph L. Piedmont; Robert J. Wicks (emeritus)
Associate Professor: Hannah Barnhill Bayne; Gina Magyar-Russell; Joseph Stewart-Sicking
Assistant Professors: Cheryl Y. Fisher (visiting); Jesse D. Fox; Lawrence M. LeNoir; Ajita M. Robinson (visiting); Kari A. O'Grady; Jill L. Snodgrass; Teresa Ann Wilkins (visiting)
Affiliate Faculty: Ruth P. Dennison-Tedesco; Beverly E. Eanes; Karyn M. Felder Moore; Geraldine M. Fialkowski; Kathy Glyshaw; John S. Jeffreys; Anthony F. Krisak; Danielle LaSure-Bryant; Catherine Remey McCarthy; Carol Z. A. McGinnis; Janet R. Merkel; John D. Mojzisek; Patricia A. Parachini, SNJM; Bernard M. Raiche; Mary M. Raphel; Frank J. Richardson, Jr.; Thomas E. Rodgerson; Deborah G. Rollison; Donna K. Shannon; William J. Sneck, S.J.; Anne Ross Stewart; Allan Tsai; Anne Marie Wheeler; Adona Wimberly

The pastoral counseling program is holistic in scope. It seeks to understand the human search for meaning and purpose in all its complexity. The program's vision espouses a growth-oriented, interactional approach which attempts to interpret human behavior and human experience as an integration of the physiological, the intellectual, the emotional, the social, and the spiritual. Further, the program addresses the individual search for meaning within and beyond the concrete circumstances of daily life and the reaching out for spiritual understanding. It encourages a transcendent faith in which participants explore the richness of the human person and of their own individuality.

In alignment with the mission of Loyola University Maryland, the overall purpose of the Department of Pastoral Counseling is to educate its students in counseling and caregiving techniques which integrate the pastoral/spiritual, clinical, and scientific dimensions. The department creates a collaborative culture that encourages students to flourish in a rapidly changing and diverse global society and helps them develop deeply and broadly into competent caregivers and counselors. Members of the department seek to be a reflective presence to students, embodying the Jesuit values of discernment, social justice, and cura personalis. The department implements this mission through inspired teaching, service to others, and rigorous scholarship that addresses contemporary clinical, research, and pastoral concerns. The department aspires to be a leader in the pastoral, counseling, and psychological professions.

The master's, certificate of advanced study, and doctoral degree programs in pastoral counseling and the master's program in spiritual and pastoral care allow for both full- and part-time participation. The department recognizes that candidates vary widely in prior theoretical background, counseling experience, and experience in ministry. Candidates who believe they possess experience or background that could alter their program of study will need to discuss their situation with the program director.

Graduates make a point of stressing that the training had a profound impact on their style of ministering in areas other than counseling and individual pastoral care, pointing to an increased person-centeredness in their teaching, preaching, organizing, and celebrating.


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 conferred clinical mental health counseling accreditation to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Pastoral Counseling. CACREP has accredited the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pastoral Counseling under the Counselor Education and Supervision standards.

Admission Criteria

An interview is required of all applicants. An online, video interview is permitted for international students and those who live over two hours from campus.

Detailed admission information (application procedures, required documents, deadlines, etc.) can be found under Admission.


Housing possibilities for out-of-the area students are diverse depending upon personal interest, budget, and special needs. Most courses are held at the Columbia Graduate Center, about 25 minutes by automobile from the center of Baltimore, Maryland or Washington, D.C. Most clinical practicum opportunities are located in the Baltimore-Columbia-Washington area; however, more opportunities are available to students who reside in Baltimore or Columbia. For further information about housing, contact the Pastoral Counseling Office or the Graduate Student Organization, 410‑617‑2353 or gso@loyola.edu.

Payment Options

The Pastoral Counseling Department follows the University's policies on Mail-In, Walk-In, and Web Registration; for more information, see Payment Options under Fees  .

Third Party Billing

All third party billing requests must have a third party letter of authorization attached to the Registration Request or Remittance Forms. A new letter must be presented at the beginning of each school year.

Credits Required

The M.S. in Pastoral Counseling requires 66 credits; however, waivers for prior graduate-level theology/spirituality coursework may reduce this requirement to 60 or 63 credits. The M.A. in Spiritual and Pastoral Care requires 45 credits. The C.A.S. in Pastoral Counseling requires 30 credit hours beyond the counseling master's degree. To assure competency in several areas of study, the Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling requires a minimum of four academic years of graduate-level preparation, defined as eight semesters with a minimum of 96 total graduate-level credit hours.

Therapy Requirement

All M.S. and clinical C.A.S. pastoral counseling students are required to engage in a minimum of 20 sessions of professional mental health counseling or psychotherap. At least the first 10 sessions must be completed by the end of PC675 Helping Relationship. The final 10 sessions can be completed by the end of the first clinical year. To receive a waiver of the therapy requirement, the 20 sessions must have occurred within the previous five years.

Professional Assessment Review (PAR)

If concerns are raised about a student's professional development, a faculty member may request a Professional Assessment Review (PAR) Committee to meet with the student to discuss those concerns and provide recommendations for remediation. For full details regarding the PAR process, refer to the student handbook.

Language Requirement

A high proficiency in oral and written English is expected of all applicants. International students are required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to the department as a part of their application package. To enter any of the three programs of study, applicants must have a minimal TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-version of the test or a minimum score of 213 on the version administered through computer adaptive testing. In addition, because of the verbal requirements of the clinical portion of the Ph.D. program, all international students must demonstrate an excellent command of the English language, including nuances of every day speech that will occur during the counseling experience.

Supervisory Process

Supervision of the ongoing counseling or pastoral care experience is regarded as the primary catalyst for professional and personal integration. Supervision is a special kind of tutorial relationship in which people with less experience present their work for the scrutiny and critique to people with more experience. The focus of the supervisory session is the work-sample presented along with the variety of issues which the work-sample generates.




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