Cardinal Success Shawnee

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Statement from Eugene Foster, Director of CSP

Eugene FosterThe Cardinal Success Program @ Shawnee is an innovative partnership between the University of Louisville's College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), Department of Counseling and Human Development, the Academy @ Shawnee and the west Louisville community. By design, it brings access to quality counseling psychology services to students from a traditionally underserved area of the community. Services are provided by graduate-level counseling psychology and clinical mental health students working under the direct supervision of a licensed psychologist who is also a faculty member with the CEHD.

The program is fully integrated into the daily activities of The Academy @ Shawnee and employs a collaborative approach to service delivery by creating a team comprised of teacher, parent, and counselor to support the social-emotional development of each student referred. Services offered include consultation, individual, group, and family counseling, career and college readiness services and psychological assessment. The Cardinal Success Program is an example of true community engagement in the spirit of the UofL Signature Partnership Initiative.

Signature Partnership Initiative

The Signature Partnership Initiative (SPI) is a University-wide effort to improve the quality of life and economic opportunity for residents of West Louisville. The Cardinal Success Program was launched to further support SPI and our partnership school, The Academy @ Shawnee.

Wellness, mental health, education and career and college readiness are inter-related, and SPI seeks to address all these challenges by embedding scholar-practitioners in the community.

The Cardinal Success Program @ Shawnee will achieve these goals by implementing a clinical training model for counseling students, which is similar to the successful clinical model for teacher preparation that has already been established at other CEHD Signature Partnership schools.

The clinical training model will allow students to be immersed on site in a diverse community environment for practicum and internship experiences. Graduate-level classes will also be held at the Shawnee site.

About Our Students

Students completing practicum and internships at CSP are enrolled in Master’s and doctoral programs in the college’s ECPY department. Faculty and students with the department may engage in approved research at the Shawnee location.

Related Links

The Academy@Shawnee

Department of Counseling and Human Development

Signature Partnership

Mission & Purpose Statement

The mission and purpose of the Cardinal Success Program is to promote student success and well-being by offering counseling services to students and their families. The staff at the Program provides a welcoming and supportive environment within which students enhance their social and interpersonal skills, pursue their educational, career and personal goals and manage challenges in their lives. In addition, the Cardinal Success Program offers professional development opportunities and continuing education to practicing health professional and graduate students in the Louisville community.


Open House on December 6th

The Cardinal Success Programs, ECPY and the Academy @ Shawnee hosted an Open House on December 6th for Graduate Students who will be taking classes this Spring at the Academy. The event featured presentations from the leadership of the Academy, ECPY and the Cardinal Success Program about the vision for the partnership, opportunities for students and the benefits of this partnership to ECPY Students, the Academy and the Shawnee Community. The students who attended were treated to a tour of the facility and classrooms conducted by Dr. Houston Barber, Principal of the Academy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Cardinal Success Program @ Shawnee right for my child or student?
Parents and teachers refer students for a variety of reasons including adjustment difficulties, social or academic challenges, interpersonal concerns, anxiety, family conflicts and depression. Working with teachers and parents, the Cardinal Success Program develops and implements an individual intervention plan for each student referred.

What are the benefits of this Program?
Students and families who use counseling services tend to feel better about themselves and others in their lives and report an increased sense of happiness and well-being. They have better relationships with friends, family and teachers and make a better overall adjustment to school and to life.

Are the services confidential?
Prior to initiating services, the extent and limits of confidentiality are fully explained to parents/guardians and students. In general the content of interviews, counseling sessions and testing are confidential and can be released only with the signed permission of the student’s guardian or the student themselves, if they are of age. General progress reports are, however, provided to teachers, administrators and parents who are part of the student’s treatment team.

How do I make a referral?
Referral forms are available electronically at Hard copies of the form are provided by calling (502) 485-8326 and asking for the Cardinal Success Program.

Services Offered:


Individual Counseling

Group Counseling

Linkage & Referral


Psychological Assessment

Career Preparation

Graduate and Continuing Education

Teacher Support Services


In October, the first month of operations, the following activities took place.

  • 46 Referrals Received
  • 31 meetings with referral sources
  • 14 informed consent meetings with parents/guardians
  • 20 counseling sessions conducted
  • The Cardinal Success Program @ Shawnee is off to a great start!
Contact Us

Dr. Eugene Foster
Director of the Cardinal
Success Program

Dr. Katy Hopkins

The Academy @ Shawnee
4001 Herman Street
Suite #121
Louisville, KY 40212