Scott Smith, MA, CAADC, LPC, is a fully licensed professional counselor in Illinois, Iowa and Michigan. Scott is also a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor in MI (CAADC), and an International Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor in IA (IAADC). Scott earned his BA of Psychology from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and his MA in Professional Counseling from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Scott is a married, homeschooling father of 6 with a special needs son which provides him the ability to connect with parents struggling with unique parenting issues and the relationship issues associated with some of those struggles.
He has been working in the social service/mental health field since 2002 and started out working with foster children in the Chicago area who had been moved multiple times and were at risk of another placement move. He was the program manager for a SAMHSA campus suicide prevention grant at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL as well as a therapist with the Chicago Christian Counseling Center providing premarital and marriage enrichment counseling utilizing the Prepare/Enrich assessment tool in addition to treatment children, adolescents and adults with a variety of mental health issues.
Currently Scott is the clinical supervisor for the SAMHSA grant Pine Rest was awarded with the focus on providing substance abuse treatment to rural areas of Northern Michigan who may not have ready access to transportation or other services, utilizing video/internet technology. Since moving to Michigan, Scott has worked in the addictions field in the Traverse City area in the outpatient setting running cognitive behavioral groups in several local jails.