Associate Professor of Counselor Education
While teaching second and third grade students, Rochelle Moss realized she was destined to become a counselor.
“I always knew, from the beginning, that I was more interested in the students’ emotional well-being and their emotional development than in their academics,” Moss said. “So I knew my place was as a counselor.”
After teaching for three years, Moss became a public school counselor for 15 years before she pursued her doctorate in counselor education.
“After I received my Ph.D., I really didn’t have any idea that I wanted to teach,” she said. “It was more for my own personal growth.”
Moss was offered a teaching position at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) where she had earned her master’s degree.
“I thought I’ll just try out this teaching gig and see if I like it,” she said. “I can now say that I have really enjoyed it, and it is very rewarding.
“I love to see the students from the time they begin and how they progress. And in the end, they are truly professionals and make great counselors.”
Moss received her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M-Commerce and her Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of Arkansas–Fayetteville.
She taught at Texas A&M-Commerce and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock before joining the counselor education faculty at Henderson in 2008.
“I had been waiting for a position to come open at Henderson,” Moss said. “I had always known the faculty here from going to conferences, and I thought it would be a great place to work.
“I was always impressed with Henderson’s counselor education program. And it definitely has been a great place to work. There’s a good feeling in our program.”
Moss said most counselor education students start the program because they want to work with people.
“They have those strengths. They are, essentially, “people” people.”
Moss advises students to make sure counseling is the program they want to pursue.
“It can be a very stressful job, and you take on a lot,” she said. “We work with some very troubled children and adults.”
For those planning to be school or licensed counselors, there are many factors that must be considered, Moss said.
“Many school counselors are required to do other things besides working with the students,” she said. “And in licensed counseling, you are usually working for an agency and may have to go into prisons and hospitals.”
Moss has been studying the neuroscience aspect of counseling.
“That idea and the ability to see what’s going on in the brain has exploded in the past few years,” she said. “It’s very interesting to see that what we as counselors do can help people literally change the structure of their brain.”
Moss recently presented her findings on how creative arts can help someone recover from trauma.
Degree and School:
Ph.D. in Counselor Education, University of Arkansas
Neuroscience aspect of counseling
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