Loyola University Maryland

Department of Pastoral Counseling

Pastoral Counseling 40th Anniversary Celebration

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40th Anniversary of the Pastoral Counseling Program - Vision, Formation, Service

Loyola University Maryland’s pastoral counseling graduate program will celebrate 40 years of vision, formation, and service on September 24, 2016.

The day’s events begin at 9 a.m. with a prayer service at the Loyola Alumni Memorial Chapel. A presentation by renowned psychologist Kenneth I. Pargament, Ph.D., author of Spirituality Integrated Psychotherapy, will follow at 10 a.m. in McGuire Hall and is free of charge to all attendees. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and  Q&A, and for those who would like to continue the conversation following the Q&A, a limited number of tickets for a luncheon will be made available.

Pargament, professor emeritus of psychology at Bowling Green State University, is known for his research addressing religious beliefs and health. He also studies the process by which people create perceptions about the sanctity of aspects of their life activities and the beneficial effects of “sanctification” for individual and interpersonal well-being. Pargament won the 2000 Virginia Staudt Sexton Mentoring Award from the American Psychological Association.

The Pastoral Counseling Program started in 1976-77 by part-time director Barry Estadt, Ph.D., and seven adjunct faculty. The first class included 10 students, and within the year enrollment had increased to 38 students. At the time, the program was a two-year degree.

In 1978-79, the program became a full-time intensive program and was approved as a Clinical Patronal Education Program by the United Sates Catholic Conference (USCC) Office of Chaplaincy Service for the training of chaplains.

Today, the program has grown into a department that offers a fully CACREP accredited Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, as well as a Master's in Spiritual and Pastoral Care.

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For questions, please call Brenda Helsing at 410-617-7680.

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