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Susan Stuntzner


Director of Accessible Education /Part-time Lecturer

Southwestern Oregon Community College/University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Student Success Center/School of Rehabilitation Services & Counseling

Coos Bay, OR

Email: susan.stuntzner@yahoo.com

Phone: (541) 888 – 1578

Susan Stuntzner PhD, LPC, LMHP, CRC, NCC, BC-TMH is the Director of Accessible Education at Southwestern Oregon Community College and part-time lecturer at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She has 24 years of experience working in the rehabilitation counseling profession. During this time, she has worked as a vocational evaluator, counselor, psychology staff member, and faculty member and has a wide breadth of experience in helping people live with and move past a disability or difficult life event. She has published a number of articles on forgiveness, self-compassion, and resilience within the context of disability and has given over 60 trainings. Dr. Stuntzner is the author of three books, Living with a Disability: Finding Peace Amidst the Storm, Reflections from the Past: Life Lessons for Better Living, and Resiliency and Coping with Disability: The Family After. She is the developer of a 7-module forgiveness intervention and a co-developer of a 10-module resilience intervention for persons with disabilities. She is the creator of an online course, “Resilience and Disability: Enhancing Rehabilitation Professionals’ Understanding and Application of Resilience to Rehabilitation Counseling” offered as a part of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counseling Certification e-university program. For a full review please refer to her CV – Stuntzner Vitae

Susan has been interviewed on a number of occasions on topics related to disability, resilience, forgiveness, and the therapeutic triad of disability. A number of these interviews with access to the articles, podcasts, or interviews are provided below:

April 2019 – Interview by American Counseling Association, Laurie Meyers: “Grieving Everyday Losses” for Counseling Today.


 July 2018 – Stuntzner, S., Dalton, J., & MacDonald, A. (2018, July). The therapeutic triad of disability. Counseling Today, 46-51.


February 21, 2018 – Interview by Mike Shook for International Podcast, The Thoughtful Counselor. “The Therapeutic Triad of Disability” (Part 2) Beijing, China.


February 17, 2018 – Interview by Mike Shook for International Podcast, The Thoughtful Counselor. “The Therapeutic Triad of Disability” (Part 1) Beijing, China.


January 2017 – Interview by American Counseling Association, Lindsey Phillips “The Selfish Act of Forgiving” for May’s Issue of Counseling Today.


August 2015 – Interview by American Counseling Association, Laurie Meyers: Retaining Family Focus” for Counseling Today.


May 2014 – Guest Speaker for Peace Talks Radio: “How Persons with Disabilities can Make Peace with Society and Persons Without Disability.” Radio can be found at the following links:



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