Challenging Students
Classroom Discipline
Gang Awareness
Truancy Prevention
Grief / Loss
Unmotivated Students
Cultural Diversity
Anger Management
Character Education
Conflict Resolution
Brain Research / Learning Styles
Play Therapy
School Staff Motivation
Creative Counseling
Adolescent Issues
Depression / Suicide Prevention
Mood Disorders
Strategies for Parents
Sexual Abuse
Aspergers Syndrome

Susan Bowman, Ed.S., LPC

Susan received a BA in Sociology and Applied Social Relations from Eastern Connecticut Sate University, M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina. She is a certified school counselor K-12 and a Licensed Professional Counselor and specializes in helping troubled adolescents and their families. Susan is a former social worker for child protective services, and a middle and high school guidance counselor. She has also worked as a Title I counselor for incarcerated youth. Susan has coordinated youth programs such as peer helping, young womenís career club, mentoring and teen parenting. She has conducted seminars throughout the U.S. and abroad for professional educators on creative strategies for working with troubled adolescents. She has also worked annually as a visiting adjunct instructor for a summer graduate course entitled, Counseling Through the Creative Arts at Long Island University, Long Island, NY. She is a member of the Transition Team for Innovation for the State Superintendent of Education in South Carolina. She was also a recipient of the National 2005 Cornelius P. Turner Award from the General Educational Development Testing Service of the American Council on Education.

Susan has authored and co-authored the following nationally recognized books. Her most recent book about self-injury was featured in an article in USA Today.
  • Co-Piloting: A Systematic Mentoring Program for Reaching and Encouraging Young People
  • Meaningful Mentoring: Handbooks of Effective Strategies, Projects and Activities (Child and Adolescent versions)
  • Individual Counseling Activities for Children
  • Individual Counseling Lessons for Adolescents
  • The Chill Out Bag, The Anger Rx
  • The Adventures of Dakota: A Friendly Wolf Who Teaches Children Lessons About Life
  • See My Pain! Creative Strategies and Activities for Helping Young People Who Self-Injure
  • 102 Creative Strategies for Working with Depressed Children and Adolescents

Susanís personal experience started when she dropped out of school in the 8th grade and ran away from home. At the age of nineteen she had three children, was divorced and had to depend on welfare as her only means of financial support. Through perseverance, she later worked to receive her GED at age 20. During her ten years as a single parent she worked her way out of poverty and through college. This experience has given Susan a unique ability to encourage high-risk adolescents to focus on pursuing goals and discovering their personal strengths.

Susan is Vice President of Developmental Resources, Inc. a consulting company that conducts educational workshops across the US and Canada. She also is Vice President and Editor for YouthLight, Inc. an educational publishing company that publishes books on how to work with troubled children and adolescents.

She currently volunteers at the SC State Department of Juvenile Justice where she counsels troubled youth. Through her personal life experiences she encourages these youth to pursue their GED and further their education. She is co-founder and chair of Youth Hope Foundation, a non-profit, faith-based organization created to help incarcerated youth and their families.