Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Adjunct Faculty and Emeritae

Alison R. Toback, LCPC

Title/s: Adjunct Instructor


External Webpage: http://www.alisontoback.com/


Alison Toback is a licensed clinical professional counselor, operating a psychotherapy practice in downtown Evanston where she specializes in transitions, identity and relationship issues. She has also worked as a therapist at the Claret Center, a non-profit dedicated to the integration of psychotherapy and spirituality. She earned her first master's degree in Adult & Continuing Education from Columbia University in New York, and also holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from the Institute of Pastoral Studies.

At IPS, Alison has taught Pastoral Practicum I & II, which prepare students for clinical counseling internships through discernment, reflection, research and placement in agencies where they can find practical application for their clinical skills. Counseling students have appreciated her “guidance and excellent instruction” as they “apply knowledge to the field for the first time”. Alison is a member of the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association, and the American Counseling Association. She has completed training with the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Board and is a Certified Facilitator for Rainbows for All Children, an international grief organization. She has taught workshops on self-care for activists, students and ministers at Chicago Theological Seminary, McCormick Theological Seminary and 4th Presbyterian Church in Chicago. For her work at Loyola, she was awarded membership in the Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society in 2013.

Learn more about Alison at alisontoback.com and linkedin.com/in/alisontobacklcpc