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Master's in Clinical Professional Counseling Learning Aims

The Master of Science in Clinical Professional Counseling program prepares students to begin employment in psychology under the supervision of a doctoral-level licensed psychologist, or to continue their education leading to the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).

Learning Aims for Master’s Programs

Aim 1: Ethical Conduct - Students will conduct themselves in accordance with the applicable ethics codes in all interactions and activities in their roles as graduate students and will demonstrate the effective application of ethical decision-making processes when confronted with ethical dilemmas.

Aim 2: Cultural Diversity - Students will demonstrate sensitivity to cultural diversity by behaving inclusively, demonstrating receptivity to feedback, and fostering collaboration based on awareness of privilege in all roles (e.g., peer, clinician, supervisee, assessor, researcher) and in all settings (e.g., classroom, externship site, lab) in which students represent Loyola University Maryland.

Aim 3: Professional and Personal Demeanor - Students will display professional conduct to include written and verbal communications, attire, and interactions appropriate to all settings where students represent Loyola University Maryland aligned with departmental and agency policy.

Aim 4: Research and Scholarship - Students will apply the scientific approach to evaluate psychological information and to use this information in professional settings.

Aim 5: Appraisal and Assessment  - Students will act in accordance with professional standards in the selection, use, scoring, and interpretation of appraisal and assessment measures appropriate to each client’s referral question. Students will use this information to inform case conceptualization and diagnosis and effectively communicate these findings to clients and referral sources.

Aim 6: Treatment and Intervention - Students will demonstrate the ability to develop and implement evidence–based treatment and intervention plans with groups and individuals from a diverse society.

Aim 7: Supervision - Students will actively participate in and effectively utilize supervision while engaged in professional activities. Students will seek out additional supervision when warranted and will be receptive to feedback from supervisors. Students will be aware of and receive supervision in accordance with applicable ethics codes and with sensitivity to individual differences.