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Cher	Edwards

Cher Edwards

Professor, Counselor Education & Doctoral Programs

Phone: 206-281-2286
Office: Peterson Hall 412

Education: BA, Bowling Green State University, 1994; MS, University of Dayton, 1995; PhD, Ohio University, 2002. At SPU since 2002.

Cher Edwards is a Professor of Counselor Education at Seattle Pacific University. Prior to living in Washington, Cher was a counselor and counselor educator in Ohio where she served on the State Board of Education and as the president of the Ohio Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, the president of the South East Ohio Counselor Association, and president elect of the Ohio Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling. She also served as vice president of Chi Sigma Iota, an honor society for counseling students. Since coming to SPU, Cher has served the national board of Counselors for Social Justice as member-at-large, awards chair, and treasurer, served as the founding president of Washington Counselors for Social Justice and has served as the Ethics Chair and Vice President of Post Secondary Education for the Washington School Counselor Association (WSCA). She currently serves as an advisor for the Sigma Phi Upsilon chapter of Chi Sigma Iota and is the President-Elect of the Washington School Counseling Association. She is the recipient of the O’Hana Award presented at the American Counseling Association national conference in 2006 due to social justice advocacy work.

Dr. Edwards research interests include school counseling, supervision, multicultural competency, and social justice. She has published in the Journal of Professional School Counseling, Virginia Counselors Journal, Journal of the International Community of Christians in Teacher Education, and the Journal of Counseling and Values. In addition to scholarly journals, she has contributed to book chapters, published book reviews, instructors manuals for texts, reviewed test instruments, and most recently co-authored a group counseling textbook titled, Group Counseling in the Schools. Dr. Edwards has served on several editorial boards as a reviewer for Professional School Counseling, the Journal of the International Community of Christians in Teacher Education, and the Journal of Job Placement and Development. She has presented at state conferences including the Ohio Counseling Association and Washington School Counseling Association annual conferences and national conferences such as the American Counseling Association, American School Counselor Association, and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. International presentations include Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Beverley, East Yorkshire, England; Hangzhou, China; and Ariccia, Italy.


School Based Group Counseling, with Christopher Sink and Christie Eppler

Belmont, CA: Cengage, 2012

Selected Publications

  • Edwards, C. N. (2012). “Christian Social Justice Advocate: Contradiction or Legacy?” Counseling and Values, 57, 10-17.
  • Sink, C. & Edwards, C. (2008). “Supportive Learning Communities and the Transformative Role of Professional School Counselors.” Professional School Counseling, 12, 108-114.
  • Steen, S. & Edwards, C. (2008). “Elementary School Counselors’ Perceptions of the American School Counselor Association’s National Model for School Counseling Programs.” Virginia Counselors Journal, 30, 23-29.
  • Edwards, C. & Edwards, S. (2007). “Multicultural Considerations for Building Learning Communities.” Journal of the International Community of Christians in Teacher Education, 2(2). Retrieved February 9, 2007, from

Please view Dr. Edward’s CV (PDF) for additional publications.

Cher Edwards

Why I Teach at SPU

Cher Edwards, Associate Professor of School Counseling; Chair of School Counseling

"SPU is a great place to be a counselor educator, because I have the privilege of mentoring top-notch students who are leaders in the field and will serve as the next generation of the school counseling profession. As a faculty member, I have the opportunity to blend theory and practice by bringing my school-based experience to the classroom and applying my research to my work in the schools."