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Counselor Educator

Growing up in northeast New Jersey in a Christian home, I desired to be involved in ministry from an early age, following the examples of my parents in service, addictions counseling, and missions. I attended Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa, receiving a Bachelor's in Biblical Studies and Intercultural Studies. From this training, I recognized the need for additional training in discipling people through the realities of life so I completed my Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Regent University in Virginia Beach. 
Following marriage and two children, I completed my clinical training and licensure with experience in community mental health in the Boston area, moving in 2012 to Dubuque to pursue my true desire of teaching and mentoring young adults as a professor of counseling psychology at Emmaus Bible College. Seeking additional training as a counselor educator, I completed my PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at Walden University in August, 2018. In the summer of 2019, I moved to Columbia, South Carolina to begin teaching clinical counseling at Columbia International University and opened Sunrise Counseling. I developed and direct CIU's PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision since 2023.

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PhD in Counseling Education & Supervision

June 2012- Aug. 2018

With an emphasis in Leadership and Program Development, this CACREP-Accredited PhD program has prepared me for effective service as a counselor educator at the bachelors, masters, or doctoral levels. Coursework complete with 4.0.


MA in Community Counseling


Graduating cum laude, this CACREP-accredited counseling program provided excellent integrative training as a Christian in a clinical setting. With additional courses devoted to Human Sexuality, Addictions, and Marital Therapy, this 60-credit program supported my licensure as an LCPC and CADC with certification in Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling. 


BS in Biblical Studies & Intercultural Studies


Providing a sound biblical education with integration and application to cross-cultural missions work, graduating cum laude from this program provided a solid foundation in a biblical worldview with a heart for sharing the Gospel around the world.


Current & Past

  • Certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapist (C-DBT) - 2021 - current

  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP, Evergreen) - 2020 - current

  • Licensed Professional Counselor and LPC-Supervisor, State of South Carolina - 2019-current

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of Iowa - 2012-current

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, State of Maine - 2010-2013

  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, State of Maine - 2010-inactive

  • Member, Omega Zeta chapter of Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society - 2016-current

  • Member, American Counseling Association & Association for Counselor Education and Supervision - 2015-2020

  • Member, Christian Association for Psychological Studies - 2014-current

  • Member, American Association of Christian Counselors - 2009-2017

  • Certified Instructor, Association for Biblical Higher Education - 2015

  • Who’s Who Among Students in Colleges and Universities - 2007

  • National Certified Counselor, National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. - 2007-current

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June 2012 through June 2019, Undergraduate

Teach as full Professor in the Counseling Psychology major. Director of Clinical Field Experience
with undergraduate students’ internships, coordinating with students and sites regarding
supervision, training, and experiences. Provide academic advising to students within the program.  

Chair the Faculty Development Committee, member of Assessment Review Council, and oversee
training and certification as a Certified Instructor in CPI’s Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.

COU 121 Counseling Foundations

PSY 211 Developmental Psychology

PSY 212 Psychological Theories and Applications 1

COU 221 Marital and Family Therapy

PSY 311 Abnormal Psychology

COU 422 Addictive Behaviors

COU 423 Counseling Psychology Internship


Fall 2017 - Present, CMHC 6661: Treating PTSD, Acute Stress, Grief, & Trauma

This graduate course examined and analyzed the causes, symptoms, and treatments of PTSD, acute stress, grief, and trauma. This course reviewed the impact and consequences of acute stress on victims, the process of grief and loss, and the long-term consequences of unresolved trauma. Open only to MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling students unless prior permission is granted.


Summer & Fall, 2017

Provided interaction, grading, and instruction as a teaching assistant in the Online Clinical Mental Health
Counseling program.

COUN-6250-7 Group Process and Dynamics

COUN-6722-11 Counseling & Psychotherapy Theories
          COUN-6723-10 & 11 Multicultural Counseling

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August, 2019 - Present

Lamentations 3:21-24

" every morning; great is your faithfulness..."

Provide mental health counseling and clinical supervision in the community with an emphasis on wholeness and hope on the issues of life, specializing in young adults, adolescents, couples, addiction, and trauma. Sunrise Counseling provides Christ-centered, hope-filled, and collaborative care emphasizing wellness, wholeness, and education through counseling and consultation. (for more info, see


January, 2017 - May, 2019

Administer clinical supervision to post-graduate, temporarily-Licensed mental health
counselors. Also provided clinical mental health counseling and supervision as an intern
during doctoral internships.


August, 2009 - June, 2012

Provided oversight, direction, and administrative support to the ministry as Executive Director and therapist. Supervised clinical internship of Masters Student in counseling and collaboration and integration with churches and community.


October, 2007 - August, 2011

Provided crisis stabilization, intensive in-home individual and family therapy to clients experiencing acute mental health and behavioral issues through team approach, with close interaction and collaboration between team members. Supervised case workers and interns in the field. Also provided individual outpatient therapy to children and adults and completed intake screening and assessments.



July 2019 through Present, Graduate

Director of PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision, Professor in the Clinical Counseling program, instructing grad students through content and practice.

CNS 6810 Career Development

CNS 6310 Human Growth & Development

CNS 5075 Multicultural Counseling

CNS 6430 Assessment

CNS 5420 Psychopathology

CNS 5410 Research, Statistics, and Evaluation

CNS 6620 Treating PTSD, Acute Stress, Grief, & Trauma

CNS 5432 Foundations of Marital/Family Therapy

CNS 9000, 90001 - Residencies 1 & 2

CNS 9200 Professional Orientation, Ethics, & Identity

CNS 9700 Teaching in Counselor Education

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Scott, D. (In Review). The implications of context-dependent learning for worldview formation in counseling. Journal of Faith Integration Counseling.

Scott, S., & Loosemore, P. A. (At Press). Cultivating virtue dispositions in counselors through replacement mainstreaming. Journal of Psychology & Christianity.

Loosemore, P., Jones, A., & Scott, S. (2022). Preliminary development of an emic measure of Christian Counselor Mentoring Experience. Journal of Psychology & Christianity, 41(1), 56-68.

Scott, S. L. (2021, January 7). Your focus determines your direction with Dr. Seth Scott.

Scott, S. L. (Summer 2021). Teaching emotional regulation: Using a reservoir and dam analogy for skill-building in therapy.  Georgia Journal of Professional Counseling, 18(1), 2-28.

Scott, S. L. (2023, August 16). 7 things to pray regularly for your child’s faith journey.

Scott, S. L. (2023, February 2). False connections through gossip.

Scott, S. L. (2022, February 17). Should we be using terms like ‘Food porn’ or ‘addict’ to describe good things?

Scott, S. L. (2021, August 23). How to forgive yourself after falling into sin.

Scott, S. L. (2021, August 20). Why did God allow polygamy?

Scott, S. L. (2021, July 28). What Simone Biles’ choice shows us about the importance of mental health.

Scott, S. L. (2021, July 23). Does God care about my weight?.

Scott, S. L. (2021, June 29). 5 reasons you should do a social media fast.

Scott, S. L. (2021, June 11). 3 lessons we can learn from the story of Jairus’s daughter.

Scott, S. L. (2021, June 10). Should Christians use psychiatrists?.

Scott, S. L. (2021, March 30). What does it mean to be a ‘Double-minded man’ in James 1:8?.

Scott, S. L. (2021, March 25). Where can we find hope if ‘All is vanity’ according to Ecclesiastes?.

Scott, S. L. (2021, February 24). What did Jesus really mean by ‘Judge not, that you be not judged?’

Scott, S. L. (2021, January 27). How can I be ‘Anxious for nothing’ as Philippians 4:6 says?.

Why Its Impossible to Tame the Tongue

What Does the Bible Say
About Mental Health? 

December 3, 2020

"... James suggests that this tendency to use our words to cut down, enflame, provoke, and destroy is not unique to the age of social media, but is endemic to our sinful and fallen nature as humans. We can use behavioral modification, rewards, and reinforcement to domesticate wild animals, but we cannot tame our tongues (James 3:8)...."

December 11, 2020

"... A focus on mental health is a focus on pursuing God’s redemptive plan for us and the world, seeking to proclaim the kingdom of God and the wholeness and healing provided through Christ...."

Why Does the Bible Say Our Words Overflow from Our Hearts?

How to Rest in the Lord When
the World is Upside Down

September 14, 2020

"... In the Bible, rest is more than the absence of work. Rest demonstrates where we place our trust for provision, identity, purpose, and importance. Rest is both a regular rhythm to our day and our week as well as a promise with fuller future fulfillment, “So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his” (Hebrews 4:9-10). ...."

November 13, 2020

"... In our culture today, we tend to think of the heart as the home of our emotions, sending chalky-tasting heart-shaped candies to one another to express our love and affection, but the biblical concept of the heart is broader than the emotions ...."

Podcast, January 7, 2021

Balancing Discipleship & Gatekeeping in Counselor Education

In Review, Journal of Psychology & Christianity, 2020

Training students to become successful clinicians involves the development and transformation of the whole person, engaging their head in academic knowledge; their heart in awareness, insight, and compassion; and their hands in effective clinical skills and practice. Faith-based graduate programs desire to disciple students in this journey, seeking to bridge the guidelines and standards of gatekeeping with the depth and formation of discipleship and spiritual transformation. Gatekeeping provides an opportunity for counselor educators to communicate clearly the standards and expectations of what it means to be an effective counselor to students. Discipleship for spiritual formation acknowledges the need for brokenness and struggle as an essential component for growing into deeper Christlikeness (Tan, 2019). This paper identified the theme of intentional programmatic emphasis on spiritual formation through curriculum and faculty modeling as factors in the process of counselor educators balancing this tension.

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Proclaiming Hope:

The Critical Role for Faith-Based Schools in Counselor Education

Journal of Psychology & Christianity, 38(2), 2019


Figure 1. Visualizing the faith-based counselor identity.

Taken from Greggo, S. P. (2016). Counselor Identity and Christian Imagination: Striving for Professional Case Conceptualization and Artistic Contextualization. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 35(1), p. 27.

The holistic person of the counselor, defined along the six dimensions of moral, social, emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual development, is a critical component in the professional identity development of the counselor during graduate training (Lowe & Lowe, 2018).  For effective identity developmental to occur, the process of articulation and transmission must begin during graduate school through modeling, mentoring, and academic training (Hall & Burns, 2009; Hawley & Calley, 2009). Non-faith-based (NFB) counseling programs struggle to provide holistic professional identity development as the spiritual and moral dimensions are excluded or bracketed in an attempt to bifurcate the personal and professional dimensions, an impossible and ingenuous strategy (ACA, 2014). By acknowledging the fundamental core of spiritual and moral development as keys to the students’ aspirations for counseling, faith-based counseling programs provide a more comprehensive training and professional identity development environment for students to incorporate all facets of their person into their new professional identity and proclaim hope for the field of counseling (Davis, 2012; Ghali, 2016).

Students Who Succeed in College

With the rising expense in time and money for college, understanding how to be successful as a college student is an important preparation for the college experience. To determine which characteristics are necessary for college success, one must first decide the type and meaning of success desired. Carol Dweck (2006) highlighted the potential differences in definitions of success by noting that the intention or expectation brought when approaching a task creates two possible mindsets, a fixed mindset that seeks affirmation of a perceived static trait, creating fear of challenge and failure; or a growth mindset, which defines success as a process of development and learning through effort, hard work, failure, and improvement. While the research debates which practices produce the most successful college students, all the research agrees that a growth mindset is the critical disposition for approaching the tasks and challenges of college and life. The pursuit of learning and growth through challenges and trials produces the most successful college students and mirrors what the Bible expects of all Christians, the application of diligence and discipline to whatever task is before you (Eccl. 9:10; 1 Cor. 10:31). This article describes five important characteristics for college success, including self-efficacy, time management, nurturing relationships, study habits, and sleep habits built upon a growth mindset foundation that embraces challenge as opportunities for growth and change.


Growth Mindset

Scott, S. (2019). Students who succeed in college. In Emmaus Bible College's (Ed.) College Choice: A Case for Christian Higher Education, pp. 20-22. Dubuque, IA: Emmaus Bible College.

Teaching Emotional Regulation:
Using a Reservoir and Dam Analogy for Skill-Building in Therapy

Georgia Journal of Professional Counseling, Summer, 2021

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Much of therapy relies on skill-building around emotions experience and expression. The abstract principles of emotion management are difficult for many clients to grasp, requiring new language and skills. Therapy often uses analogies to assist clients in understanding by making abstract concepts more concrete. A helpful analogy is a description of our experience of emotions as the water in a reservoir and our expression of these emotions as the function of a dam. In the same way that a reservoir provides multiple benefits and protections, our emotional reservoirs provide health and life when operating correctly. Lacking sufficient outlets for our emotions, we become stagnant and distorted. This article will connect the analogy of a reservoir and dam to emotion management, providing a framework for counselors in practice.



Dissertation, August 2018

Professional identity development occurs during graduate training through mentoring, modeling, and academic training by counselor educators.  If counselor educators are to transmit this professional identity, they must possess a robust professional identity themselves.  Professional identity development theory suggests that the strength of this professional identity may be threatened by a lack of belonging in academia for nontenured or contingent faculty.  A correlational research design using a purposeful convenience sample was used to examine the relationship between academic role, employment status, years of experience, and professional identity among counselor educators. The participants (n=50) were counselor educators who subscribe to the CESNET-Listserv. A multiple linear regression analysis was conducted to relate demographic variables to scores on the Professional Identity Scale in Counseling (PISC). There were statistically significant relationships between employment status and overall PISC score (p = .044) and Engagement Behavior subscale (p = .013), while academic role was related to Professional Roles and Expertise (p = .041) and Philosophy of the Profession (p = .024) subscales at statistically significant levels.  Years of experience was related to the Philosophy of the Profession (p = .046) subscale at a statistically significant level.  The potential social change from this study is that a better understanding of factors related to counselor identity in educators may positively influence graduate school mentoring, modeling, and training and thereby strengthen professional identity in counseling students, which in turn may improve the quality of future services to clients.

The Necessity of Faculty Professional Identity for Students' Spiritual Formation

August, 2018, In Review for The Biblical Higher Education Journal

With a missional commitment to the training of students to the person of Christ, the Bible college movement must continue to adjust to the needs of our students to maintain our opportunity to engage in this formative task. With a changing culture emphasizing availability, flexibility, and affordability of education and the motivations for pursuing education adjusting to reflect an emphasis on job skills and financial security, Bible colleges must respond to provide affordable education to meet the demands without losing the heart of spiritual formation within biblical higher education. Although using part-time and adjunct faculty reduces overall costs, the negative impact of this role on the professional identity development of the faculty influences the ability for faculty to foster the professional identity and spiritual formation of students.  Maintaining full-time faculty with the job security, availability, professional formation, and relationships to students are critical to the mission of biblical higher education.


2018,  Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 37(4), 305-312. 

With a renewed focus on strengthening professional identity in counseling, Christian counselors must improve the models and approaches for describing faith and spiritual development to incorporate critical elements of distinctive Christian worldviews into the process of establishing a professional identity. Without an ethical means for including components of faith and spirituality from the personal self into the professional self, Christian counselors become fractured and disintegrated practitioners, struggling to establish cohesion between the critical values of faith in their personal lives and the practical role of the Holy Spirit through their professional lives.


January, 2014

This is an article in Emmaus Bible College's Journey Magazine exploring the importance and impact of a biblical worldview on our perception of marriage and the family in our contemporary culture.


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Navigating Moral Crossroads:
Exploring the Ethics of Value Conflicts in Counseling


Program Characteristics that Produce High-Quality Faculty for Faith-Based Graduate Counseling Programs
Poster Presentation

Implications of Context-Dependent Learning for Faith Integration Practice in Counseling
Break-Out Seminar

The Loneliness Epidemic:
Cultivating connections through a corrective mainstream

Care Cola Network, Seminar.

“The process of working with clients of differing values in therapy,”

Mondays with Moshe, Zoom Webinar.

October 23, 2023.

Oliver Gospel Mission Webinar July 6, 2022

Psychological Trauma & Homelessness

Sin has disrupted God's design for our relationship with Him, one another, creation, and ourselves with this disruption and distortion of relationship contributed to trauma, loss of agency, and a shattered sense of self. Homelessness has many contributing factors, but ultimately it is a breach in our capacity for sustaining safe relationships and perceiving one's self as capable, whole, and connected. By understanding the influence and comorbid contributors of trauma in homelessness, rescue missions can more effectively provide hope and help to those in need, reaching through their symptoms to the heart of their relationship to God and others.

Gospel Rescue Mission Fellowship (GRMF) 2022

The Necessity of Integration for Holistic Counseling Practice

God created us as holistic beings, with physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual components, that together define our image bearing of Him to the world. Issues of mental health and addiction exist within each of these components, requiring conceptualization and treatment for each as a part of the whole person collectively to promote health and growth for faith and life. Everyone has a worldview lens defining our perception of reality and the basis of our values, informed by our culture and our beliefs. Modernizations in medicine and social science over the past 200 years have trended toward the specialized treatment of the person with each component addressed separately. This seminar seeks to demonstrate how counselors can develop a biblical worldview lens for understanding and integrating research and practice from disciplines treating these individual components to form a contextualized and holistic counseling practice.

“The Influence of a Supervisee’s Worldview on Counseling,” Columbia International University Supervisor Training Day, Columbia, SC, March 25, 2022.

“Training Supervisors for Effective Trauma Treatment,” Conference Presentation at Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) March 19, 2022, Virtual Conference.


“Developing Character Virtue Standards for Strong Integration and Faith Formation,” Co-Presented with Paul Loosemore and Glenda Nanna at Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) March 18, 2022, Virtual Conference.


“Managing Crisis Situations,” Clinical Supervision and Consultation Course for the South Carolina Clinical Mental Health Counselor Association (SCCMHCA), Three Rivers Behavioral Health, Columbia, SC, November 20, 2021.


“Chart Your Course: Walking Worthy,” Preview Weekend, Columbia International University, Columbia, SC, Oct. 23, 2021.


“Is Empathy a Sin?”, Interview and Discussion, Columbia International University, Columbia, SC, Sept. 2, 2021.


“he|she|HIS Series Training,” Group Leader Training for Radius Church, Lexington, SC, Sept. 1, 2021.


“Student Leadership Training: Supporting Health, Wellness, & Prevention through Understanding, Resources, & Referrals,” Mental Health and Crisis Management Training for Student Services at Columbia International University, Columbia, SC, August 10 & 12, 2021.


“Admissions Department Training: Supporting Health, Wellness, & Prevention through Understanding, Resources, & Referrals,” Mental Health and Crisis Management Training for Admissions and Advising Services at Columbia International University, Columbia, SC, July 30, 2021.


“Managing Crisis Situations,” Clinical Supervision and Consultation Course for the South Carolina Clinical Mental Health Counselor Association (SCCMHCA), Three Rivers Behavioral Health, Columbia, SC May 8, 2021.


“Understanding & Addressing Abuse: Using Identity, Relationship, & Power for the Glory of God,” Seminar for Streams of Water – India, April 28, 2021.


“Pastoral Wellness: Modeling Margin & Wellness,” Pastoral Care Luncheon for Columbia International University, Columbia, SC, April 14, 2021.


“Supervising Trauma Treatment: Promoting Knowledge and Growth,” Conference Training Seminar for Columbia International University and the Christian Mental Health Network, Columbia, SC, March 12, 2021


“Don’t Be Anxious, Riverbend,” Seminar for Riverbend Church, Lexington, SC, March 9, 2021.


“Loneliness: Strategies to reduce loneliness through belonging and relationship,” Seminar for Faculty Development and Learning, Columbia International University, Columbia, SC, January 8, 2021.

Ben Lippen School Podcast, Adolescent Mental Health in 2020

November 12, 2020

South Carolina Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ Virtual Triad and Holy Convocation 2020 

Recalibrating Amidst Tension

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Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) 2020 "Realigned" Conference Seminar

Balancing Discipleship & Gatekeeping in Counselor Education

SUMMARY: Faith-based graduate programs seek to disciple students in their spiritual formation while also maintaining clinical boundaries through gatekeeping. This presentation describes survey research explaining how counselor educators maintain and practice this balance.


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Supervising Trauma Treatment: Promoting Knowledge and Growth

This training will explore current understandings, treatment, & supervision of trauma in counseling

With the incidence of trauma as underlying or presenting concerns within much of clinical practice today, effective counseling requires counselors to have training, experience, and practice in treating trauma. Supervised practice provides an important context for growth in knowledge and practice for counselors in training, however, the supervisors’ primary concern should be for the welfare of the client. This balance of supervising the development of skills and knowledge while ensuring effective and ethical treatment for clients is always present for supervisors. This training will explore current understandings and treatment of trauma in counseling and provide an opportunity for supervisors to evaluate how supervision of trauma treatment might introduce unique supervision needs with strategies for addressing those needs within the supervision relationship.

Fri, March 12, 2021

8:30 AM – 4:00 PM 

Columbia International University's Shortess Chapel

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Wellness worksheets

Self-care assessment

Short Self-compassion

Growth Inventory

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Poster presentation 1:

Teaching Emotional Regulation:
Using a Reservoir & Dam Analogy for Skill-Building in Therapy

Poster presentation 2:

Proclaiming Hope: 

The Critical Role for Faith-Based Schools in Counselor Education

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April 13, 2018

Presented a poster session describing the research and implications from my paper on the integration of faith and spirituality for professional identity development in counselor educators.



February 23-26, 2018

Presented at national CMML conference on Stress, Fear, and Anxiety: Navigating Life Well. Provided two seminar sessions to over 200 young adult participants.

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2013, 2014, 2015, 2017

Provided seminar trainings for church leaders on topics of addiction, parenting, discipleship, adolescent development, anxiety, and spiritual doubt at this international church leader conference.

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