Scott completed his Associate of Applied Sciences in Substance Abuse Counseling in 2013. He joined Imagine Programs in August 2013 as a practicum student and was retained after completing his practicum. While majoring in business at Baylor University, Scott experienced addiction first hand. He completed an inpatient treatment program in 2011 and has been clean and active in helping others since. Scott believes spiritual development along with cognitive behavior therapy is the key to sobriety. While working at Imagine Scott has focused on client centered therapy. He believes each client knows what outcome would ultimately be best for them. Scott focuses on building a relationship with each client in order to best serve their needs. Scott is currently pursuing a bachelor’s in psychology and then plans on obtaining a Masters in Biblical Counseling to practice as a LPC. Scott has a passion to work with adolescents and young adults.
Note From Rocky
The thing I learned most from my interview with Scott was Be Prepared.
I think we all want to be able to help people, but often times people need help that is beyond what a church is able to offer. Certainly a Pastor can give Godly wisdom and advice, but we cannot provide safe detox if that is needed. A pastor can create an accountable community that is full of love and support, but we are not qualified to treat mental illness.
My challenge to any Pastors or Church Leaders this week is to find resources in your community, including counselors, rehab centers, and shelters. Network! Put the information in a format you can easily get to and share so if someone is in trouble you can send to a place where they can get the help they need.
If you have not talked about addiction tfrom your pulpit please prayerfully consider doing so, but before you do make sure you are prepared to help those who will respond.
Do you have a great program you do at your church that helps people struggling with addiction? We would love to hear about it in the comments below.