Global Experiences in the School of Counseling

At Marymount University, we believe very strongly in developing students’ understanding of their place in the larger global community and of how the global context in which we live and work affects our day-to-day existence at the local level.  All of our departments have created innovative study-abroad programs in a variety of formats that allow students to explore the world, develop cultural awareness, learn more about themselves, and apply their course content in a very different environment.  Additionally, through the Center for Global Education, students can apply for study-abroad programs that are run through other institutions; the opportunities are endless!  Click here for more information about our global initiatives.

A Sample of our Offerings Abroad for Counseling

Counseling students have the opportunity to expand their learning in a global community in various countries. These faculty-led study abroad programs are typically seven to ten days in duration, with classroom meetings held before and after the international experience. Clinical Mental Health and Pastoral CMHC students learn about multicultural influences and comparative mental health counseling issues in various countries. For school counseling, site visits included a comparative of educational systems. Some recent study abroad courses include:

  • Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland (2019). Attended the International Convention of Suicide Prevention hosted by the University of Ulster, Derry. Site visits focused on current suicide and prevention efforts, rehabilitation programs for substance use, and speakers on the cultural influences of the Troubles on suicide (including meetings with the trauma response team responding to the Bombings of Omagh and survivors)
  • Athens, Greece Netherlands(2018). Students attended and presented at the Mediterranean Counselor Association Conference. Site visits focused on current mental health of refugees.
  • Rome, Italy (2018) (for School Counseling students): Students attended site visits that focused on similarities and differences between U.S. and Italian (international) educational systems and counseling support for students.
  • Budapest, Hungary(2017). Students attended and presented at the Mediterranean Counselor Association Conference. Site visits focused on current refugee concerns, adolescent suicide, and eating disorders.
  • Geneva, Switzerland (2016). Students attended and presented at the European Branch of the American Counseling Association Conference. Site visits included attending visits to the WHO, ICRC, UNHCR.
  • Rome and Milan, Italy (2015). Students attended and presented at the European Branch of the American Counseling Association Conference. Focus focused on integrating spiritual and faith into counseling with talks by the Lay Center.
  • Lanstuhl, Ramstein, Heidelberg, Wiesbaden, Germany (2012-2014). Students attended and presented at the European Branch of the American Counseling Association Conference. Focus of all site visits focus on deployed military and dependents mental health.