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Dr. Susan Stuntzner PhD, LPC, LMHP, CRC, NCC, DCC, BCPC, DAPA, FAPA, is the Director of Disability Support Services and Retention Specialist/Counselor at Southwestern Oregon Community College. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor in the field of rehabilitation counseling at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the University of Idaho – Coeur d’Alene. Since 1994, she has worked with individuals with disabilities in numerous employment settings. She obtained her doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Psychology at University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her research interests include: adaptation and coping with disability, resiliency, self-compassion and compassion, forgiveness and spirituality, development of intervention techniques and strategies, and mentorship of professionals with disabilities. She has written three books pertaining to coping and adaptation and/or resilience-based skills. Her works are entitled, Living with a Disability: Finding Peace Amidst the Storm, Reflections from the Past: Life Lessons for Better Living, and Resiliency and Coping: The Family After. Dr. Stuntzner has written and published articles on self-compassion, forgiveness, and resilience and their potential relationship to the needs of individuals with disabilities. She has also developed two interventions (i.e., resilience, forgiveness) for persons with disabilities to assist them in their coping process. These works are entitled, “Stuntzner and Hartley’s Life Enhancement Intervention: Developing Resiliency Skills Following Disability” and “Stuntzner’s Forgiveness Intervention: Learning to Forgive Yourself and Others”. On her free time, she enjoys spending time with her black lab and cats, outdoors, friends, sporting events, and traveling.