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Campbellsville University hires director of counseling services

Erin Dawn Jarrett
Erin Dawn Jarrett

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Erin Dawn Jarrett, of Louisville, has been hired at Campbellsville University as the new director of counseling services.

“CU counseling services is committed to the mission of the university and is dedicated to academic excellence solidly grounded in the liberal arts that fosters personal growth, integrity and professional preparation within a caring environment,” Jarrett said.

She said some of her goals when working with students is to provide confidential, professional counseling services in a Christian atmosphere to assist students dealing with emotional, psychological, social and/or spiritual needs.

In light of COVID-19, the Office of Student Services is going to begin offering telehealth sessions. These sessions will allow students to stay connected and still receive counseling services without having the stress and worry of not having access to the clinical staff.

While telehealth sessions are available, individuals are still able to make in-person appointments as long as they follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the university and wear a mask.

In July 2019, Jarrett began working in the Jefferson County Public School district as a mental health practitioner. She was a psychotherapist in the school setting, administered counseling and therapy and taught life skills and case management to children, adolescences and adults who have experienced a trauma.

She also provided crisis, grief and trauma counseling, safety plans coordination and wrap around services to children, adolescences and adults in crisis.

Jarrett also worked as a marriage and family therapist for the Counseling Center of Kentucky beginning in November 2017. At the center she was a psychotherapist in private practice, administered counseling, therapy, life skills and case management to children, adolescences and adults. She also managed client caseload, billing and referrals while also working with grant funding projects.

From January to December 2017, Jarrett worked as a substance abuse course facilitator at the Revelation Counseling Center. She administered and facilitated court ordered drug courses, created lesson and treatment plans to meet the individual needs of the client and inspired and supported clients to lead healthier and drug free lives.

Jarrett also worked at AbleTo Inc., from 2018-20, as the senior behavioral coach; Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center, from January to December 2017, as a psychotherapist; and United Behavioral Healthcare, from 2009-18, as the quality of care clinical administrative coordinator/senior auditor.

Jarrett had her first book published in April 2020 titled “Coping Skills with Johnny.” She is the founder and president of Healing Alternatives, a non-profit organization.

She is a member of the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Association of Professional Counselors (AAPC).

Jarrett received her master of arts in school guidance counseling from Spalding University in 2016 and her master of marriage and family therapy from Campbellsville University in 2017.

She also received her bachelor of arts in psychology from Spalding University in 2014 and is a 1998 Central High School graduate.

“Counselors at the Office of Counseling Services maintain client confidentiality to the fullest extent allowed by law, professional ethics and institutional rules,” Jarrett said.

“Students will be informed about the counselor’s commitment to confidentiality and its limits before engaging in counseling. In the event that the counselors want to obtain or request information from another professional staff, the student would be asked to give written permission in order for the information to be shared. The only exception to the written permission would be in the case of life-threatening events and/or the student’s safety,” Jarrett said.

Counseling services are primarily offered to Campbellsville University students, at no cost, but counselors are always available if a university employee needs to talk to someone.