Post Masters Options for the Practicing School Counselor

Practitioner Track Series: Mindfulness

Loyola University Maryland School Counseling Program is developing a series of practitioner track courses for the working school counselor. We define practitioner track courses as 3, two-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 2018:

GC823.601 Mindfulness Approach to Wellness (2 credits)

Self-care is an ethical responsibility for all practicing counselors. Strategies addressed in this course guide learners in a process of self-examination to manage stress and avoid burnout. Specifically, learners study how to incorporate mindfulness practices and/or principles of yoga to enhance self-care and wellness. This course is experiential and learners participate in mindfulness practices and explore a variety of strategies to create a path towards a balanced and healthy life.

Meeting Dates:  
Monday-Friday: July 16th-July 20th
10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Loyola Timonium Graduate Center

Cost: $1,220 ($610 per credit) plus the $25 registration fee. 

Fall 2018:

GC824.601 Integrating Mindfulness into K-12 Classrooms to Promote Academic Success (2 credits)

This course will introduce learners to practical techniques and strategies by which school counselors can incorporate yoga and mindfulness in the classroom setting. Current research and literature is examined and applied to developing classroom lessons that engage youth in the learning process. Emphasis is placed on classroom instructional methods, as well as developing resources and interventions to support classroom teachers, which may include yoga. This course is appropriate for school counselors at any level.

Meeting Dates:
Saturdays: November 3, 10, 17 and December 1st

Loyola Timonium Graduate Center

Cost: $1,220 ($610 per credit) plus the $25 registration fee. 

How To apply:

  1. Complete the online application form. Participants should apply to either the Master's Plus program (18 credits) or the Certificate of Advance Study (30 credits)
  2. Nonrefundable $60 application fee.
  3. Essay/personal statement
  4. Official transcripts from all postsecondary colleges or universities attended. This includes transcripts from part-time study, study abroad, coursework taken in high school, and from institutions that have awarded the applicant a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree or an advanced certificate. Admitted students who fail to submit a final degree-posted transcript will not be permitted to register. Applicants who hold degrees or have earned credits from non-U.S. institutions (excluding study abroad programs) must have a course-by-course evaluation and translation of their academic records done by a NACES approved evaluation services agency before they can be considered for admission to a degree program. The evaluation must establish that the applicant has earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Loyola recommends the WES:ICAP from World Education Services, Inc. (


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