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Cumberlands’ School Counseling Program Students to be Published


“It is so neat to showcase the School Counseling Program and to showcase our students,” expressed Dr. Rose gratefully. “It is exciting for me to see how quickly the program has grown! God is good!”

Williamsburg, Ky. - The University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) School Counseling Program has nine candidates who will officially be published authors this month. The Director of School Counseling and Associate Professor in the Education Department, Dr. Susan Rose, will be the editor.

The Association for Specialists in Group Work, or ASGW, is an organization for counselors and other professionals who are interested in and specialize in group work, and who value the creation of the community and the provision of group service to members, their clients, and the profession of counseling. They pride themselves in being dedicated to the promotion of the best practices, research, and training of group workers. Dr. Rose was recently contacted by the ASGW with exciting news that they were going to write a book and were interested in having UC students submit their sessions for review. Dr. Rose took an assignment the students had completed that covered various topics in counseling. After she thoroughly examined over 200 student submissions, she narrowed the central topic down to “Grief” and selected the best ten submissions on that particular topic. She presented the opportunity to the students with phenomenal sessions and, with much excitement, they accepted the honor. The UC students who are included in the publication titled, “Life Changes that Bring about Grief,” are Courtney Benefield (Glasgow, KY), Paula Cathey (Louisville, KY), Erin Cundiff Clouse (Williamsburg, KY), Suzanne Gibbs (Barbourville, KY), Ryan Elizabeth (Liz) Hurley, Rachel Slattery Hymer (Frankfort, KY), Wallace Todd Martin (Elizabethtown, KY), Kathleen Richie (North Bend, OH), Ashley Staggs (Madisonville, KY), and Dr. Susan Rose.

The School Counseling Program began at UC in 2009 with only five students but being a new program is obviously not holding the students and faculty back from making positive and promising changes and challenges. They now enroll around two-hundred and fifty students a semester for this program.

“It is so neat to showcase the School Counseling Program and to showcase our students,” expressed Dr. Rose gratefully. “It is exciting for me to see how quickly the program has grown! God is good!”

The ten authors will receive a small stipend and 1200 copies of the book will be donated to the UC. Although they might not become wealthy from this publication, they have become rich in experience, educational growth, and have raised the bar for the School Counseling students in the future years.

“It is so exciting,” said Dr. Rose. “Newer students are seeing the progress the program has made and the success the students have had. The program is growing and this recognition will help other students see how great our program has become.”

The School Counseling Program at UC is forty-five credit hours and is 100% online. Approximately 95% of students are practicing teachers retrieving their master’s degrees and the rest are mainly mental health workers, social work students, or psychology students.

The students are extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to be under the instruction of UC’s Dr. Rose. She has had exceptional experience in the field of Counseling and in the school systems and is no stranger to publication. She developed a character education curriculum titled, “Building a Champion Character”, which provided lessons in social skills, values, character building, and classroom management. She shared the program in Professional Development seminars at the Kentucky Counseling Association (KCA). Dr. Rose published and distributed the program through Amazon and on her website at The program has a primary and intermediate level version and she received a prestigious award for the primary version in 2007. She is also the author of several graduate programs and has written many test and instructional manuals for the university.

“We are excited and proud of our students in the School Counseling Program who have been chosen for publication,” said University of the Cumberlands’ Vice President of Academic Affairs, Larry Cockrum. “This is a tribute to the program and to Dr. Susan Rose, the director.”

School Counseling has always been an important position as they assist the emotional needs of the kids and young adults and help them cope with life’s struggles and changes. In today’s chaotic society, it is essential that the school counselors are properly trained and educated in order to guide the school aged-children through their issues they might be facing. Dr. Rose and the University of the Cumberlands are continuing to do everything they can to make a difference and provide their students with the best tools and skills possible for this career path.

“One thing that needs attention within the schools is mental health,” explained Dr. Rose. “We provide our school counseling candidates with training on how to deal with students’ mental health, how to do clinical counseling, and behavior difficulties, along with other basic needs.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit