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Marymount University professor Lisa Jackson-Cherry, Ph.D., discusses an altruism project with her pastoral counseling class.

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Teaching Healing Through Altruism

Marymount students learn counseling technique by helping U.S. troops.

A group of counseling students got to experience a therapeutic technique while also helping service men and women serving in Afghanistan. Graduate students in the Pastoral Counseling program at Marymount University in Arlington assembled care packages for U.S. troops as part of a community service requirement. One of the project’s goals was to teach the future therapists how altruism can have long-term mental health benefits.

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