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APSU school counseling program hosts event to thank local school counselors

The Austin Peay State University Department of Psychological Science and Counseling’s School Counseling Program sponsored an evening of dinner, awards and professional development earlier this month to honor and thank school counselors working within the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System.

The Austin Peay State University Department of Psychological Science and Counseling’s School Counseling Program sponsored an evening of dinner, awards and professional development earlier this month to honor and thank school counselors working within the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System.

The event, hosted in recognition of National School Counseling Week, was coordinated by Dr. Deborah Buchanan, APSU’s School Counseling Program coordinator, and Dr. Eva Gibson, school counselor at West Creek Middle School, with the support of Judy Springer, the school system’s lead counselor. Despite the threat of bad weather, 35 school counselors and APSU school counseling students attended the celebration.

Dr. Amanuel Asfaw, assistant professor of Psychological Science and Counseling, presented on Motivational Interviewing, a counseling strategy for working with resistant clients. At the end of the evening, Kim Cherry of Oakland Elementary School was recognized by her peers as the 2016 School Counselor of the Year. 

“Kim Cherry is the model example of a person who thinks of others’ needs while continuously, and selflessly giving back to her school’s children and community,” Cindy Adams, Oakland principal, said.

Margo Riley Sneed, a second year graduate student at APSU, was recognized as the 2016 School Counselor-in-Training of the Year, for her outstanding performance as a graduate student in the school counseling program. 

“Margo embodies the characteristics of an outstanding graduate student in every possible way,” Buchanan said. “Not only is she an outstanding student who has consistently maintained an excellent GPA throughout her studies in the School Counseling Program at APSU, she has proven to be an ambassador for the APSU school counseling program.”

The local school system’s school counselors support K-12 students and play an integral role in training APSU’s students enrolled in the counseling graduate program.

“Much of the success of our school counseling program is a result of the vital role CMCSS school counselors play in providing on-site training and supervision to our students during their practicum and internship experiences,” Buchanan said. “The school counselors out there in our area schools model, support and provide supervision to our students as they implement everything they have learned in the classroom. This is a tremendous responsibility, and they do it selflessly and without any recognition.”