Sarah EnsslenDirector, Counseling Practicums & Internships

Director of Counseling Practicums & Internships; Assistant Professor, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences

  • MS in Christian Counseling, Cairn University
  • BA in Psychology, Cedarville University
  • Certificate of Advanced Specialization in Christian, Cairn University
  • Certificate in Completion of 25 Hours in Crisis Intervention, Keystone Crisis Intervention Team

As the Director of Practicums & Internships, Sarah Ensslen assists graduate counseling students in site placement for practicums and internships and guides alumni as they navigate state license boards and requirements. As an Assistant Professor, Sarah teaches graduate counseling labs, trains students to utilize helpful skills in the individual assessment and counseling course, and various undergraduate courses in the Psychology program.

Prior to working at Cairn, Sarah Ensslen worked in Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS) as therapeutic staff support and as a home companion in elderly care.

Sarah faithfully attends Seven Mile Road Church and is actively involved in her community there, taking on various ministry roles.

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Academic Interests:

  • Group Dynamics
  • Counseling Skills & Individual Assessment



  • Champion of Character Award, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) (2007)

Group Affiliations: 

  • American Association of Christian Counselors


  • Advanced Initiative Conference, Panel Speaker, Topic: Navigating Multi-ethnic Churches as Indian Americans, Princeton, NJ, October 2017
  • Women of the Word Mini-Retreat – Topic: Our Exalted Create: Genesis 1&2, Seven Mile Road Church, January 2017
  • Women of the Word Mini-Retreat – Topic: God’s Glory Proclaimed: Habakkuk 2:5-20, Seven Mile Road Church, April 2016
  • “How to Foster Vulnerability During the Initial Stage of Group Development,” Cairn University, 2016
  • Psychology Student Chapel – Topic: Graduate Education and Licensure, Cedarville University, October 2013

Teaching at Cairn since 2013

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