Cardinal Success Shawnee

The 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 students working under the direct supervision of a licensed mental health professional who also serves as UofL faculty.

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 the Cardinal Success Program 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 Cardinal Success Program promotes healthy individuals and families residing in West Louisville through behavioral health and wellness services, clinical training, and research.

In line with this mission, we pursue the following objectives:

  • Build healthy communities by helping individuals and families residing in West Louisville through improved access to evidence-based and culturally tailored behavioral health services and psychological assessment services.
  • Improve the clinical training of future behavioral health professionals through training in evidence-based and culturally tailored interventions as well as meaningful immersion in this diverse community.
  • Actively engage in research and scholarship that connects the community, clients, and researchers, improving the quality of life of individuals and families residing in West Louisville.
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 can I refer my child?
Referrals can be made by completing our electronic form:

Services Offered:


Individual Counseling

Group Counseling

Linkage & Referral


Psychological Assessment

Career Preparation

Graduate and Continuing Education

Teacher Support Services

Contact Us

Dr. Patrick Pössel
Office: 502-852-3888

For service requests, please fill out our electronic form: