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About Scott

Dr. Scott Shaw is an experienced therapist, consultant, coach and educator serving individuals, couples, families and children, providing a range of counseling services, clinical supervision, safety/risk management and educational training to both lay and professional groups.

Scott is Professor of Human Services and Division Chair at Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids, MI where he teaches Psychology, Sociology and Criminal Justice, and runs the ATA Martial Arts club.  Scott is also on the adjunct faculty at Spring Arbor University, Grand Canyon University and Trinity College & Seminary.  Previously, Scott was clinical supervisor & therapist at Lutheran Child & Family Service of Michigan, from 2000 to 2010.  He worked for seven years at Hope Network Behavioral Health (Grand Rapids, MI), serving adults with chronic mental illness in various clinical and administrative positions after beginning his mental health career in 1992 at Tuscola County Community Mental Health, Caro, MI.

Scott received his B.R.E. (Bachelor of Religious Education), M.T.S. (Master of Theological Studies, emphasis in Systematic Theology) and MA (Counseling) degrees from Cornerstone University, M.S.W. (Master of Social Work) degree from Grand Valley State University and MA (Emergency Management & Homeland Security) from Arizona State University. Scott received his D.Min. (Doctor of Ministry in Conflict Management) from Trinity Theological Seminary and Ph.D. in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine from Northcentral University (AZ) and additional doctoral studies in Integrative Behavioral Health at Arizona State University.

Scott holds Michigan licensure in Counseling (LPC), Social Work (LMSW- Clinical & Macro practice), and Law Enforcement (MCOLES), and is nationally board certified in Counseling (NCC) and an approved supervisor for Professional Counselors and Social Workers (all levels) in the State of Michigan.  Scott is a Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association (FAPA), and professional member of the National Association of Social Workers, and the American Counseling Association.  Scott completed his Certified Professional Empowerment Coach (CPEP) credential (certified life coach) through the Center for Empowerment Coaching at Grace Bible College.

Scott is a 3rd degree black belt and certified Taekwondo instructor (ATA), teaching adults and “karate for kids,” including self-defense, health/fitness and child safety/risk prevention and is certified to teach “Kidz N’ Power/Sgt. Safety” in collaboration with Amber Alert.com and the American Taekwondo Association.  Scott also holds a 1st degree black belt in Shinsei Arnis Jitsu (stick & knife) and has trained previously in Pukang Tang Soo Do, Aikido, Shorin Ryu Karate, Krav Maga and Pressure Point Control Tactics (PPCT).  Scott has trained in PPCT’s basic subject control curriculum including GAGE and bladed-weapon defense, and is a certified Instructor of PPCT’s “SHARP” (Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention) women’s self-defense curriculum, offered at Grace Bible College every semester.

Scott is a graduate of the Grand Valley State University Police Academy (38th Class) and serves with the Sand Lake Police Department and Kent County Sheriff Department (Kent County Traffic Squad).  Scott previously worked as a Park Police Deputy with the Kent County Sheriff Department (MI).  Scott also provides security, consulting and executive protection through Diversified Protection & Investigations, a company specializing in risk management, security & investigations to churches and faith communities, along with private risk management consulting.

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