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Pastoral Counseling


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Marymount’s Pastoral Counseling program trains competent clinicians and counselors to provide counseling services from a faith-based and/or spiritual perspective.
The programs provide academic and clinical opportunities for students to integrate the religious and spiritual competencies as outlined by the Association for the Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, 2009 (ASERVIC), a division of the American Counseling Association, in order to provide a holistic approach to treating an individual.
Students are expected to continue exploring their faith-based and/or spiritual connections while having a diverse understanding of others religious practices and beliefs and the impact on the counseling process.
Last year, there were 45 graduates of Marymount University’s Counseling programs; Clinical Mental Health Counseling (29), School Counseling (13), and Pastoral Counseling (3). Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on licensing examinations. The pass rate for all of our graduates taking the NCE examination in 2013 was 98% (98% CMHC; 95% SC; 100% PC). Of the admitted students, 67% from CMHC; 87% from SC; and 71% from PC graduate from their programs in the expected time period and 83% (CMHC); 100% (SC); and 100% (PC) of program graduates responding to surveys have confirmed employment.

Approximately 130 students are enrolled in the program and the Department accepts a maximum of 45 students each year. This number varies depending on the total number of graduates in the year preceding the admission year and ratio of part time and full time student status.  Courses accommodate both part-time and full-time students. 
Licensure and Nonlicensure Options
Marymount offers two degrees in the area of Pastoral Counseling:
  • Pastoral Counseling (licensure program)
    A 60-credit program accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) as a second Community Counseling program with an emphasis in pastoral counseling and integration.

    By providing students with the knowledge and skills recognized as important for counselors by CACREP and the Board of Professional Counselors of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the program seeks to prepare graduates for success in the clinical, consultative, and supervisory tasks they will encounter as future licensed professional counselors.

  • Pastoral and Spiritual Care (nonlicensure program)
    This program seeks to train competent counselors who will provide counseling services and support to individuals and groups from a faith-based and spiritual perspective in a variety of settings. This degree is not intended for those seeking licensure as an LPC.

Contact Information

Counseling Department
Marymount University
2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207

Questions? Call:
(800) 548-7638 or (703) 284-5901

E-mail: grad.admissions@marymount.edu

Faculty Spotlight

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                      Photo Of Lisa Jackson-Cherry
Dr. Lisa Jackson-Cherry
Chair, Department of Counseling; Program Director; Professor of Psychology

Dr. Lisa Jackson-Cherry works with children and families on the Eastern Shore and provides group counseling during National Police Week for children who lost a parent in the line of duty.