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Congratulations to our recent graduating class of 2024! Four students passed their comprehensive exam with distinction and those are: Madison Bates, Maddy Kolker, Shanique Harrison, and Hope Walls. In addition, multiple students were honored with awards. The Regina Matthews Oehmig Award went to Ivy Kate Fitzgerald. The Counseling Clinical Excellence Award went to Aidan A. Morda and Madison Marie Bates. The Counseling Excellence in Scholarship Award went to Lindy A. Disman. The Mimi Heebe Excellence in Play Therapy Award went to Hope Walls.

The Loyola University Play Therapy Center proudly hosted this year's Louisiana Association for Play Therapy Conference in March.

The Loyola University Play Therapy Center proudly hosted this year's Louisiana Association for Play Therapy Conference in March.

Dr. Mary Hermann was a Keynote Speaker for this year's ninth annual Law and Ethics in Counseling Conference 2024. Dr. Hermann met with the co-author of the expansive Lifespan Development textbook, Dr. Kelly Coker.

Ivy Fitzgerald and Lindy Disman both presented at the Louisiana Counseling Association’s (LCA) conference this year in Baton Rouge. Lindy and Ivy are both inter third year in the master’s program. Lindy placed 3rd in the masters level poster board contest. Congratulations to Lindy and Ivy!

Dr. Christine Ebrahim (Associate Professor) and Dr. Joey Pistorius (Adjunct Professor) from the counseling department, along with other board members of the Louisiana Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (LACES), presented on the topic of LPC supervision. Dr. Ebrahim is the past President of LACES and Dr. Pistosius is the President Elect. 


Dr. Sarah Stillwell, our newest professor, is being honored with the Solomonson Social Justice Leadership award in November. This award recognizes social justice advocates in the state of Texas and within TxCSJ who exhibit leadership skills. She has demonstrated social justice action which is aimed at making the lives of others and/or communities better. She is engaged in the empowerment of marginalized individuals and/or communities. She has show leadership in community organizing and systems change that promote human rights and social justice action.

Dr. Gilstrap has been an admired and dedicated professor at the department since 2020. Recently she has attained various achievements in the counseling profession. Gilstrap, LCCE clinical supervisor, published an article "Treating Mood Disorders and Suicidality in Children: Enhancing Protective Factors Through Play"  in the Sept 22 issue of Play Therapy Magazine.

She was selected as Board Member for Wellness Project New Orleans, a mental health and wellness worker-directed nonprofit and collective in New Orleans.

Loyola Center for Counseling and Education (LCCE) will be the recipient of a 2.5 million dollar grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of HRSA.


With support from this grant, the LCCE aims to improve outcomes for children from birth to 12 years of age by developing, maintaining, and enhancing infant and early childhood mental health promotion, intervention, and treatment services. Providing services to this target population will be addressing a significant need in the community. 


Dr. LeAnne Steen recently held a continuing education (CE) entitled “Expressive Play Therapy for Mental Health Professionals: Drama, Movement, Art” on June 9th, 2023. 


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