counseling

For the first time in its 96-year history, Our Lady of Holy Cross College will offer a doctoral degree.

The program in counseling will start next fall at the college's campus in Algiers.

The Times-Picayune reports it's designed to prepare students to train other counselors and to become supervisors, researchers and practitioners.

As southeast Louisiana grapples with the lasting impact of hurricanes and the toll of the oil disaster, Options for Independence is helping people in coastal communities cope with the changes and challenges.