School Counselor Response to Indicators of Mental Illness and Behavioral Distress

Counselors: Satisfy your Lauryn’s Law requirement for professional development for MSDE certification renewal

Course Details:

EDGC 822 Lauryn’s Law: School Counselor Response to Indicators of Mental Illness and Behavioral Distress
Credit Hours: 1.0 graduate credit 
Fully Online Course 

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.

Please note: This course is for non-matriculating students only. This course can not be transferred into Loyola's Certificate of Advance Study or Master's Plus programs. Participants are not eligible for federal financial aid. 

Loyola University Maryland can not confirm whether this course meets requirements for professional Licensure (LCPC). Participants within the state of Maryland should contact The Board of Professional Counselors and Therapist through the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  This course can be used for certification renewal in the State of Maryland by MSDE. Out-of-state student participants should contact their state's department of education and possibly other school counseling licensing agencies to determine if this course leads to certification renewal or licensure. The American School Counselor Association provides a list to assist in identifying the relevant state agencies, but it is not an official publication. The best approach is to check with state education departments for current requirements.

Session Dates:

Spring 2021: Feb. 15 - March 22, 2021

Summer 2021: June 7 - July 12, 2021

Benefits of our program:

  • Learners engage in an interactive and completely online 5 week course led by a skilled instructor 
  • Learners new to online instruction will love the convenience of online learning where instructor guides and mentors you through the course materials. 
  • The instructor provides clear instructions for accessing and completing all course assignments and is regularly available to address questions 


The tuition cost for this course is $350.
Tuition must be paid in full at the time of registration. 

Withdrawal/Refund Policy:

  • Refund and Withdrawal request must be submitted in writing to 
  • Deadline dates will be emailed at the time of registration. After the deadline students will be ineligible for refund. 

How to Enroll:

Step 1: Complete the online application. Please note, registration closes one week prior to the start of class. 

 Complete the form below. Applicants must provide a copy of your MSDE Educator Credentials.



Step 2: Registration and Pay

The registration directions link will be emailed directly to you after completing the online application. Please note, we must have a copy of your MSDE Educator Credentials to process your registration. 


Contact Us:

For more information, please email or call 410-617-1545.