Loyola’s Counseling Program in the Department of Counseling, College of Social Sciences, offers a master’s level curriculum that leads to counselor licensure and certification. Our students are trained according to a scientist-practitioner model; we emphasize academic preparation and clinical training, in equal amounts. Counselors must be carefully trained because the task of helping others entails a wide range of responsibilities, which requires a thorough understanding of mental health issues, and demands a deep personal commitment. While faculty members represent various counseling traditions and theoretical orientations, they rigorously support the idea that counseling interventions, regardless of the approach taken, must foster client independence, freedom, sound decision-making, responsibility, and accountability. The faculty predictably embraces these same goals for its counseling graduate students. Your careful review of this student handbook will clarify your responsibilities, familiarize you with the curriculum, and identify what tasks need to be completed at particular points in your training. Your familiarity with this handbook, along with regular student-faculty advising and academic conversations, will help to foster the important goals that we embrace for ourselves, our students, and our clients.
-The Counseling Program Faculty