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Loyola’s graduate program in pastoral counseling celebrates 40th anniversary

August 1, 2016 | By Stephanie Weaver

Pastoral Counseling 40th Anniversary

Loyola University Maryland’s graduate program in pastoral counseling and spiritual care will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an event on Sept. 24, 2016 at the Evergreen campus.

The day will begin with a prayer service at 9 a.m. in the chapel, followed by a presentation by Kenneth I. Pargament, Ph.D., author of Spiritually-integrated Psychotherapy, at 10 a.m. His talk, “From Research to Practice: Advances Toward an Applied Psychology of Religion and Spirituality,” will focus on an appreciation of the psychology of religion and spirituality, as well as the need for the mainstream social sciences to embrace the theory, research, and practice of the field. A panel discussion and lunch will follow the presentation.

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.

The prayer service and presentation are free and open to the public, however registration is required. A limited number of tickets for lunch are available for purchase. To register or for more information, go to

Loyola’s pastoral counseling program was founded 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 Office of Chaplaincy Service for the training of chaplains.

The program has grown into a department that offers a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs fully accredited Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision. The program also offers a Master of Arts in Spiritual and Pastoral Care. 

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