ABOUT SAMANTHA HERRICK,
I am a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University’s Counselor Education and Supervision PhD program, with concentrations in Clinical Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling education. I hold a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Studies from Springfield College. I am a Licensed Associate Counselor in the State of New Jersey, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor.
I have worked and taught in human services and counseling for over 20 years. My first work experience was as an employment specialist and later as a employment program manager serving people with significant disabilities. Post-master’s, I worked with students with disabilities in higher education. Before returning for my doctoral degree, I was an Access Specialist at the State University of New York at New Paltz. As a doctoral candidate, I served as an advisor to the undergraduate program in Rehabilitation and Human Services, and worked as a Disability Counselor in the Office for Disability Services. In addition, I provided one-to-one clinical mental health counseling services with the Penn State University’s CEDAR clinic.
I have been a professor of counselor education with Rutgers University for over a decade, as such my duties have always included teaching the knowledge-based counseling courses, as well as providing both group and individual clinical supervision of master’s level counselors-in-training. I have had the honor of teaching and influencing over 300 counselors-in-training; now working as professional counselors nationwide. My area of research interest and work as a professional continuing education trainer is Autism Spectrum Disorder. As such my passion is helping adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families with the complexities of navigating a society with little understanding of Autism.