Pastoral Counseling

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.


The goal of Marymount’s Community Counseling program is to prepare you for a job as a counsellor in a community agency. Marymount graduates have gone on to roles such as

  • Hospital chaplain
  • Family, group, and individual counsellor
  • Counselors working with emotionally disturbed/learning disabled youth
  • Private practice counsellor
  • Couples counsellor
  • Prison Fellowship

Some MU students go on to doctoral work, and Marymount's program offers an excellent foundation and preparation for advanced study.

Pastoral Counseling Degree Requirements

60 credits

  • CE 500 Research and Evaluation
  • CE 501 Bases of Psychopathology
  • CE 502 Foundations, Ethics, and Professional Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • CE 503 Advanced Human Growth and Development
  • CE 508 Crisis Intervention
  • CE 509 Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention
  • CE 510 Survey of Testing and Assessment
  • CE 520 Theories of Counseling
  • CE 522C Counseling for Individuals
  • CE 523C or CE 523P Group Counseling Techniques
  • CE 524 Theories and Techniques of Family Counseling
  • CE 530C Career Development Counseling
  • CE 540 Contemporary and Historical Religious Perspectives
  • CE 541 Pastoral Counseling Integration
  • CE 542 Grief and Loss
  • CE 549 Moral and Spiritual Development and Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • CE 551 Multicultural Counseling
  • CE 597C Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum or CE 597P Pastoral Counseling Practicum
  • CE 599C Internship: Clinical Mental Health Counseling or CE 599P Internship: Pastoral Counseling
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