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Pastoral Counseling


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Marymount’s Pastoral Counseling program trains competent clinicians and counselors to provide counseling services from a faith-based and/or spiritual perspective.
The programs provide academic and clinical opportunities for students to integrate the religious and spiritual competencies as outlined by the Association for the Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, 2009 (ASERVIC), a division of the American Counseling Association, in order to provide a holistic approach to treating an individual.
Students are expected to continue exploring their faith-based and/or spiritual connections while having a diverse understanding of others religious practices and beliefs and the impact on the counseling process.
Licensure and Nonlicensure Options
Marymount offers two degrees in the area of Pastoral Counseling:
  • Pastoral Counseling (licensure program)
    A 60-credit program accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) as a second Community Counseling program with an emphasis in pastoral counseling and integration.

    By providing students with the knowledge and skills recognized as important for counselors by CACREP and the Board of Professional Counselors of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the program seeks to prepare graduates for success in the clinical, consultative, and supervisory tasks they will encounter as future licensed professional counselors.

  • Pastoral and Spiritual Care (nonlicensure program)
    This program seeks to train competent counselors who will provide counseling services and support to individuals and groups from a faith-based and spiritual perspective in a variety of settings. This degree is not intended for those seeking licensure as an LPC.

Contact Information

Counseling Department
Marymount University
2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207

Questions? Call:
(800) 548-7638 or (703) 284-5901

E-mail: grad.admissions@marymount.edu

Faculty Spotlight

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                      Photo Of Lisa Jackson-Cherry
Dr. Lisa Jackson-Cherry
Chair, Department of Counseling; Program Director; Professor of Psychology

Dr. Lisa Jackson-Cherry works with children and families on the Eastern Shore and provides group counseling during National Police Week for children who lost a parent in the line of duty.