Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MAPC)

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Needed

  • Pastoral Practicum
    • A 1-credit and a 2-credit IPS course (IPS 521 & 522)
    • Six- to eight-month/100-hour placement
    • Pastoral supervisor
  • Clinical Internship:
    • Two 3-credit IPS courses (IPS 511 & 513)
    • 9-12 month/600-hour placement
    • Licensed Clinical Supervisor (LCPC, LCSW, LMFT or PsyD.)

What is involved during the years of Practicum and Internship?

During their Practicum year, MAPC students secure a pastoral or clinical role in a parish, school, retreat center, hospital, social service agency, or other placement selected for the student’s professional development.

  • The student is typically involved at the site for six to eight months, from October until mid-May.
  • The student’s typical time involvement is five hours per week for 20-25 weeks, totaling 100 hours of on-site experience that includes at least 40 hours of direct individual or group contact hours or two to three hours per week.
  • An experienced ministry supervisor or licensed professional is an essential component at the placement site. The supervisor will meet regularly (roughly one hour for every 5 client contact hours) with the student and ultimately complete a formal evaluation.

During their Internship year, MAPC students secure a clinical counseling role in a parish, school, retreat center, hospital, social service agency, or other placement selected for the student’s professional development. Contact the CE office for an internship resource packet containing an updated and annotated list of possible internship sites. 

  • The student is typically involved at the site for nine to 12 months, from mid-July until July of the following year.
  • The student’s typical time involvement is 12-20 hours per week for 40-50 weeks, totaling 600 hours of on-site experience that includes at least 240 hours of direct individual or group contact hours or four to eight hours per week.
  • An experienced licensed professional (LCPC, LCSW, LMFT or PsyD) is an essential component at the placement site and is mandatory for students seeking licensure. The supervisor will meet weekly with the student and ultimately complete a formal evaluation.

Course Details

  • Pastoral Practicum
    • During the second year, MAPC students enroll in IPS 521 in fall semester and IPS 522 in the spring.
    • The 1- and 2-credit course meets for a 2½-hour peer reflection seminar, facilitated by a faculty supervisor.
    • The primary text for these two courses is the collection of interpersonal experiences at the placement site.  
  • Clinical Internship:
    • During the internship year, students enroll in IPS 511 in the fall and IPS 513 in the spring.
    • These 3-credit courses meet weekly for a 2½-hour peer reflection seminar, facilitated by a faculty supervisor.
    • The primary text for these two courses is the collection of interpersonal experiences at the placement site. 
    • Students learn through action and reflection that flows from the counseling and administrative demands of the specific context.
    • Full-time students typically take other course requirements concurrent with these Contextual Education courses. The time required in other courses for reading and research is substituted in IPS 511 and IPS 513 with the 16-20 hours per week of direct-contact group and individual counseling and supervision. The written requirements include learning goals, context analysis, case reflections, and self and peer evaluations.  
  • Pastoral Counseling Project Guide