Counseling Continuing Education Courses

EDGC822: Lauryn's Law: School Counselor's Response to Indicators of Mental Illness and Behavioral Distress (1.0 Graduate Credit)

This course meets the educational requirements outlined in Lauryn’s Law. Specifically this course enhances the school counseling practitioners knowledge and skills to understand and respond to the social, emotional, and personal development of students, including knowledge and skills relating to: (1) the recognition of indicators of mental illness and behavioral distress, including depression, trauma, violence, youth suicide, and substance abuse; and (2) the identification of professional resources to help students in crisis. This course for school counselors provides a current, interactive overview of these skills and supports participants’ development/acquisition of a resource bank for distribution to parents or guardians, school staff, and students, as appropriate.

Summer 2021: June 7 - July 12, 2021

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EDGC823: CBT Approach to Bibliotherapy (1.0 Graduate Credit)

Practitioners learn to incorporate literature—including books, poetry, song lyrics, etc.—into their work with children and adolescents to address personal growth and/or help students deal with concerns that impact their mental health. 

Throughout this self-paced course, practitioners learn how to apply bibliotherapy as a creative counseling approach grounded in cognitive behavioral theory. Through the use of literature, children and adolescents analyze and interpret the actions of book characters to gain insight into their own issues. Utilizing a CBT framework, practitioners learn how to create a safe distance for young people to deal with issues related to self-regulation, anxiety, or chronic stress by attending to the cognitive processes that maintain a maladaptive behavior. Additionally, practitioners explore diverse literature that addresses a variety of issues often faced by young people. 

Summer 2021: June 14 - July 19 

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EDGC845: A Systemic Approach to Social and Emotional Issues in Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (1.0 Graduate Credit)

Students with diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder are a growing part of school counselors' caseloads. This course will examine the experience and needs of this diverse population through a multidisciplinary ecological systems perspective. With this understanding, it will describe effective counseling practices across educational career, and social-emotional domains as well as school counselors' role in the team supporting these students and their families.

Summer 2021: May 17 - June 21

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Clinical Supervision I (EDGC840), II (EDGC841), III (EDGC841) (1.0 Graduate Credit)

Students seeking supervision hours toward a LCPC may participate in this group supervision experience. Students are expected to be working with clients, and to bring cases to the supervision class for supervision, discussion, and problem solving. Students will utilize the required forms for supervision as outlined in state requirements for supervision experience. The focus of this supervision experience as case conceptualization and the development of treatment plans. A final written evaluation will be provided to each student to maintain in their records as required to document supervision. Student must complete the three courses to have the required clinical supervision hours. Each course is 1 graduate credit. 

Participants must have Maryland LGPC to enroll. 

Fall 2021 dates will be announced soon.

Cost: $650

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GC823: Mindfulness Approach to Wellness (3.0 Graduate Credits)

Students must apply as a non-degree special student and follow the policies and registration for graduate programs. 

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Mindfulness practices enhances social emotional, development and improvement self-regulation, health and wellness, and academic performance of K-12 students. Loyola University Maryland School Counseling Program's practitioner track on Mindfulness includes  3, three-credit classes on a related topic, technique or treatment. With the increased focus on the mental health needs of K-12 students, school counselors need to be prepared to have the knowledge and skills to think strategically about their counseling interventions and treatment planning in order to help students with mental health concerns meet academic expectations. We have prepared a practitioner track series on mindfulness, introducing yoga as a mindfulness practice and strategic intervention to aid in the social emotional development of children and adolescents. There is growing research that mindfulness practices can enhance social emotional development and improve self-regulation, health and wellness, and academic performance (Butzer, Bury, Telles & Khalsa, 2016). These series of courses are focused on promoting wellness practices within school counselors, mindfulness classroom instruction, and creative mindfulness interventions for counseling.

Summer 2021: July 16- July 31st 

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Promoting Social-Emotional Competence (3.0 Graduate Credits) 

Students must apply as a non-degree special student and follow the policies and registration for graduate programs. 

Students explore the major components of social emotional competence and the relation of social-emotional competence to behavior and academic performance in school. Case-study-, activity-, and exercise-based approaches are used to support the understanding of social-emotional competence development in the preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school learner. The key skill areas of empathy, personal message, cooperative problem solving, descriptive reinforcement, and inductive discipline are discussed. Major theory and research are reviewed.

No offerings this summer. 

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GC810: School Counselor as Leader (3.0 Graduate Credits)

Students must apply as a non-degree special student and follow the policies and registration for graduate programs. 
A variety of leadership styles are discussed as they apply to the role of the school counselor. One focus is on understanding how the counseling program supports school improvement. Particular attention is given to understanding the change process and how the counselor can be a leader in the process. This class uses experiential activities, stories, personal reflection, and discussion circles to explore the exemplary leadership practices that allow you to prioritize what is important. Please wear comfortable clothing for active learning.

Credits can be used towards a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) or Master's Plus in School Counseling.

Summer 2021: May 11-May 27th. 

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GC624: Stress and Stress Management (3.0 Graduate Credits)

Student must apply as a non-degree special student.
Emphasizes the basic theories, causes, and prevention and intervention practices related to stress. Careful consideration is given to evaluating sources of stress and the acquisition of management skills for dealing with stress. 

Summer 2021: July 31- August 21, 2021 

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