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Sarah Springer, Ph.D., LPC, ACS

  • Associate Professor

Department: Professional Counseling

Office: Graduate Center 115

Phone: 732-923-4570


A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) in New Jersey, Dr. Springer specializes in counselor development, group counseling, supervision, and counseling in the schools.


Ph.D., Montclair State University


Springer, S.I., Moss, L, Pugliese, A., Manavizadeh, N. (Eds.) (2018) A School Counselor’s Guide to Small Groups: Coordination, Leadership, & Assessment. Alexandria, VA:  Association for Specialists in Group Work.

Scholarly Articles

Select Scholarly Articles:

Merlin, C., Moss, L., Cholewa, B., & Springer, S. (2020).  An exploration of school counselor multicultural education behaviors. Professional School Counselor.

Springer, S.I., Mason, E., Moss, L., Pugliese, A & Colucci, J. (2020). An Intervention to Support Elementary Faculty in Meeting the Needs of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth. Journal for Child and Adolescent Counseling.

Springer, S.I., Hennigan-Paone, C., Colucci, J. & Moss, L.J. (2020).  Preparedness for Suicide Assessment: Examining Pre-Service School Counselors’ Perceptions of their Training Experiences. Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling.

Duffy, J., Springer, S.I., Delaney, M. & Luke, M. (2019). Eco-Education: Integrating nature into the counselor education classroom. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. doi:10.1080/15401383.2019.1640152.

Springer, S.I., Moss, L.J., Cinotti, D, & Land, C. (2018). Examining Pre-Service School Counselors’ Site Supervisory Experiences Specific to Group Work. Journal for Specialists in Group Work. 43(3), 250-273. doi: (Recipient of the 2018 ASGW Research Article of the Year).

Springer, S.I., Land, C., Moss, L., & Cinotti. D. (2018) Collecting school counseling group work data: Initiating consensual qualitative research through practitioner-researcher partnerships. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 43(2), 1-16. doi:

Mason, E.C., Springer, S.I., & Pugliese, A. (2017).  Staff development as a school climate intervention to support transgender and gender nonconforming students:  An integrated research partnership model for school counselors and counselor educators.  Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 11(4), 301-318. doi: 10.1080/15538605.2017.1380552.

Moss, L., Pennamon, R., Springer, S.I., & Singh, A. (2017) Intergroup dialogue social justice group work: A call for increased research attention. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 42(3), 231-242. doi: 10.1080/01933922.2017.1339753.

Springer, S.I., Cinotti, D., Cannella, A., Gordillo, F., Moss, L.J., & Salim, K. (2017). Fostering school counselor self-efficacy through preparation and practice, Vistas 2017. Retrieved from

Cinotti, D., & Springer, S.I. (2016).  Examining the impact of non-counseling supervisors on school counselor self-efficacy. Vistas (71) 2016. Retrieved from

Pennamon, R., Moss, L., & Springer, S.I. (2016). Scholarly writing groups: A source of support for doctoral students and early career counseling faculty. Vistas (72)2016. Retrieved from

Springer, S. I. (2016). Examining predictors of group leader self-efficacy for preservice school counselors. Journal for Specialists in Group Work41(4), 286-311. doi:10.1080/01933922.2016.1228723.

Springer, S.I. (2016) When Values Blur the Lines:  Navigating an Ethical Dilemma in School Counseling. The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 8(2). doi: 10.7729/82.1082.

Springer, S.I. & Schimmel, C.J. (2016): Creative Strategies to Foster Pre-Service School Counselor Group Leader Self-Efficacy, The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 41(1), 2-18. doi: 10.1080/01933922.2015.1111486.

Springer, S.I. & Levitt, D.H. (2016) Eating issues and body image in elementary school:  The school counselor’s response. Journal of School Counseling. 14(2).

Springer, S.I. (2014) Get fit for life: Elementary school group counseling with a twist. Journal of School Counseling, 12(17). Retrieved from

Presentations/Invited Talks

Springer, S.I., Cozzolino, L. & Tortorello, S.(2020, October).  Examining Shame Resilience: Applying Brené Brown’s Theory to Personal and Professional Counselor Development.  Monmouth University Professional Counseling Current Topics in Counseling Conference: West Long Branch, NJ.

Mason, E. & Springer, S.I. (2019, October). Developing Counselor-in-Training Advocacy Skills Using an Intern-Led Staff Training Model. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Conference, Seattle, WA.

Springer, S.I. (2019, Spring) Chi Sigma Iota Keynote Presentation:  New Jersey City University. Moss, L., Springer, S.I., & Mason, E. (2019, March).  Making Meaning of an Elementary School Counseling Intern-Led Staff   Development Presentation on the Needs of Transgender Youth and Gender Non-Conforming Youth.  Evidenced-Based School Counseling (EBSCC) Conference, Columbus, OH. 

Springer, S.I., Wymer, & B., Bayne, H. (2019, February).  Examining the Use of Consensual Qualitative Research in Counselor Education. Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference (EQRC), Las Vegas, NV.


Association for Specialist in Group Work Research Article of the Year (2018)

Faculty Advisor: ACA Student Ethics Competition- First Place Team (2018)                               

NARACES New Professional Award: Presented at ACES Conference, Chicago, IL (2017)

ASGW Group Work Practitioner Award: ASGW Conference, Washington, DC (2016)

Additional Information

Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator-Candidate (CDWF)
The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown.

Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) Credential

New Jersey Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)    License #  37PC00469700        


Recently Taught Classes

2023 Fall

  • Group Counseling – PC 550
  • Mental Health Counseling – PC 505

2022 Summer B

  • Courageous Connections – PC 535
  • Group Counseling – PC 550

2022 Spring

  • Courageous Connections – PC 535
  • Group Counseling – PC 550
  • Mental Health Counseling – PC 505

2021 Fall

  • Group Counseling – PC 550
  • Mental Health Counseling – PC 505

2021 Summer E

  • Mental Health Counseling – PC 505

2021 Summer C

  • Courageous Connections – PC 535

2021 Summer B

2020 Fall

  • Mental Health Counseling – PC 505

2020 Spring

  • Group Counseling – PC 550
  • Mental Health Counseling – PC 505

Frequently Taught Classes

  • Case Conceptualization (PC 526)
  • Courageous Connections (PC 535)
  • Group Counseling (PC 550)
  • Introduction to Counseling Skills (PC 523)
  • Mental Health Counseling (PC 505)