Susan Foster



Susan Foster

Department Faculty

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  • Online
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office Phone
Email [email protected]

I currently serve as an Associate Professor in the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program online. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Louisiana, a National Board Certified Counselor, and a certified School counselor. I received my BA in Psychology and my MA in Counselor Education from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. I received my doctorate from the University of New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana.

My professional experience is in community mental health, partial hospitalization units, private practice and the K-12 school setting. I have taught at the university level in both traditional and online universities. My current research interests are in the areas of technology assisted supervision, consultation and collaboration, collective self-esteem in diverse populations, professional identity of counselors, diagnosis and ethics and law in counseling.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
PhD University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 2010
MEd Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond LA 2006
BA Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond LA 2003
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member ACA
Member ACES
Member ASCA
Member LCA
Member LACES
Licensed Professional Counselor, Louisiana
National Certified Counselor, United States
Certified School Counselor, Louisiana
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Child & Adolescent Development Adolescence
Identity Development
Media Influence
Parenting Styles
Social Development
Clinical Psychology / Mental Health ADD/ADHD
Anxiety Disorders
Mood Affective Disorders / Suicide
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
Personality Disorders
Diversity Cultural Issues
Diversity Issues
Identity Development
Social Justice and Advocacy
Ethical & Legal Issues Code of Conduct for Counselors
Mood Disorders Depression
School Psychology Positive Behavior Supports
Sexuality/Gender Issues Gender Identity
Constructivist/Narrative Theory
Family Systems Theory
Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Humanistic/Existential
Multicultural psychology
Violence Bullying
School Violence
Question and Answer
Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.

My philosophy of psychology and counseling is that people have the ability to heal themselves from within. Counselors merely provide a safe space for clients to engage in the work that is change. How they go about providing this relationship is the art and science of counseling.

Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?

I chose to enter the field of psychology because I have always been interest in the awesome and ever changing power of the mind as it relates to the human condition.

What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?

My best advice for a new student would be to understand the transformative power of this experience. Even when you wonder why you are being asked to do something, embrace the process. When you feel challenged, lean into the change.

Professional Skills
Grief and Loss, Mood disorders, Phobias, Life transitions, Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, Family Counseling