Dr. Laura Rauscher receives 2019 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award

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Dr. Laura Rauscher, assistant professor of counselor education,  was named as the recipient of the 2019 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Laura Rauscher

Emerson, which has its world headquarters in St. Louis, has sponsored this program since 1989 as part of its commitment to promote quality education throughout the St. Louis area.

This is the only public recognition event of its kind in the state of Missouri.

Rauscher has worked at Missouri Baptist University since 2011. She currently serves as the clinical director of field experience at the University, which offers a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling as well as an M.A. in School Counseling (MA-SC).

Rauscher’s dedication to counseling goes beyond the classroom, as she has maintained a private practice, Rauscher Therapeutic Group, LLC., since 2007. In the clinical areas of counseling, she specializes in therapy for adults and children, including marital counseling, grief counseling, PTSD, drug and alcohol abuse, suicidal behaviors and ideation, and more.

“Dr. Rauscher is highly involved in the field of counselor education, both as a faculty member and a practitioner,” said Dr. Andy Chambers, Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs. “She is an outstanding professor with extensive knowledge, an obvious love for teaching, and a reputation as an encourager to her students.”

She holds three degrees from the University of Missouri–St. Louis which include a Doctoral of Philosophy in Education with an emphasis in Counseling; Master of Education with an emphasis in Counseling, Concentration in Couples and Family Counseling; and a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Communications. Rauscher is a certified Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS).

Rauscher frequently holds presentations at the University on topics such as resolving interpersonal conflicts, suicide prevention and effective communication.