SC State's Dr. Cherilyn Taylor selected for leadership institute

Monday, July 27, 2009

Dr. TaylorDr. Cherilyn Taylor, Counseling and Student Development Center director at SC State, and 13 other leaders who represent Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) from across the country have been selected to participate in the Partners for Recovery (PFR)/Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Leadership Institute at Harbourtowne Golf Resort in St. Michaels, Md.

The six-month Leadership Institute’s purpose is to enhance the knowledge of a diverse group of promising individuals at the finest point in their career. In August, the Institute will provide a combination of in-depth assessments, traditional training seminars, distance education and field experience. Participants will be immersed in guided personal assessment and skill development activities and provided the conceptual framework for understanding leadership theory and practice. During this time, the selected educators are also matched with a mentor who will offer guidance based on their protégé’s needs and interests. Mentoring is a powerful form of human development and a vital component of the ATTC Leadership Institute. The Institute is designed to help participants prepare for greater responsibility, contribute more to their respective Institution, and ultimately, the addictions treatment and recovery services field.

“It is an honor to have been afforded this opportunity. I believe that the Institute will offer a unique opportunity for new mid-level professionals to engage in preparatory training which will enhance the way that we implement student programming initiatives related to substance abuse and recovery,” said Dr. Cherilyn Taylor. “I’m excited about the personal assessment and skill development activities that will provide me with a conceptual framework for understanding how to better manage as a director and engage students that I train and supervise at SC State University,” she continued.

SC State’s Counseling and Self-Development Center is a host site for graduate practicum and internship students who aspire to pursue careers in addictions treatment and recovery services fields. Through this training institute, Taylor hopes to be able to provide graduate practicum and internship trainees with innovative models of recovery along with tools to support them, foster and develop collaborative relationships among the various local systems and agencies in Orangeburg that impact those with substance use disorders, reduce the stigma associated with addiction, maintain workforce competency to ensure quality care, support recruitment and retention strategies to ensure a viable workforce in addictions treatment, and develop leadership within the field through the counseling center's graduate training initiative.

As a counselor, Taylor has impacted the University with her fondness and enthusiasm for providing assistance to students. “I fully expect to have the opportunity to utilize the expertise of current leaders to guide and assist in the development of my leadership skills. The process should allow me to clarify departmental goals and to build the counseling center's addictions recovery training program,” she continued.

The Leadership Institute is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).

“While participation in the Partners for Recovery (PFR)/Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Leadership Institute is a highly competitive process, Dr. Cherilyn Taylor’s selection speaks volumes regarding her expertise in the field of Counseling and Self Development as well as the proficiency she brings to SC State when providing services to our students,” said Dr. Valerie Fields, interim vice president for Student Affairs.

For more information about the Leadership Institute contact Dr. Cherilyn Taylor, Counseling and Student Development Center director at (803)536-7245.