Cynthia is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS) and registered mediator in the state of Georgia. A former school counselor, Dr. Morton currently holds the position of Virtual Learning Support Specialist for Rockdale County School District’s virtual campus. In addition to her role as VLSS, she teaches an online peer leadership course and coordinates Rockdale County School’s peer mediation program.
Outside of her position in the school district, Dr. Morton is a Disaster Mental Health Responder with the American Red Cross, a Certified School Trauma Specialist, and a Bullying Prevention Specialist through the American School Counselor Association. Dr. Morton belongs to several professional organizations. She is a Certified Peer Professional Trainer/Educator and board member with the National Association of Peer Programs Professionals, a former chair of the Education, Research, and Training Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution Education Section, former president of the Georgia Association for Conflict Resolution, and a former member of the Kennesaw State Conflict Resolution Board.
Cynthia has presented at numerous national conferences during her career. These national conference include: 2002 Foundation of Excellent Schools, 2002 Georgia Tech Prep Institute, 2007 Georgia School Counselor Association Annual Conference, 2008 and 2009 National Association for Conflict Resolution Conferences, 2012 Georgia School Social Worker Association Conference, 2014 American School Counselor Association National Conference, 2013 and 2014 National Peer Helper Conference, 2016 International Conflict Education Conference, 2018 At-Risk Student Conference, 2018 School Discipline Conference, 2018 American School Counselor Conference, and 2018 Riverside California Counselor Conference. In addition to her extensive platform speaking experience, she has been a guest speaker on the Texas Conflict Coach Radio Podcast in the areas of Youth Mental Health and the Online Peer Mediation and a guest speaker for Cyber Week. Recently, Dr. Morton co-authored an article that was featured in the Texas Mediation Association newsletter, Before (and After) the Active Shooter Drill: Peer Mediation and Peaceful Conflict Resolution.
Around conflict resolution, Cynthia served as Chair of the Education, Training, and Research Section for four terms and was responsible for coordinating Youth Day events in Austin, Phoenix, Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Reno. She is a trained CINERGY Conflict Coach, Transformative Mediator, Truancy Mediator, and a Workplace Conflict Management instructor. Recently, she co-created an online curriculum for Node.js and trained the organization’s leadership team in online workplace conflict strategies.
Cynthia has a B.A. degree from Georgia Southern University in history and geography. Her Master’s degree is in social sciences from the Georgia Southern University. She has a specialist degree in counseling and guidance from Georgia Southern University, and her Ed.D. in Teacher Leadership is from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. She is married, has three children, two grandchildren and enjoys attending concerts, working out, and writing for her school counseling blog.