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Scott McGuinness

Visiting Instructor
Counseling & Human Development
LeChase Hall 491
(585) 276-4782
PhD candidate, University of Rochester (counseling and counselor education)
MS, Southern Connecticut State University (clinical mental health counseling)
BA, Green Mountain College (psychology)

Scott McGuinness began teaching courses in the Warner School in 2016, and in 2019, he became a member of the clinical faculty within counselor education, as well as the advisor of the mental health counseling program. He is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC), a credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor (CASAC), an approved clinical supervisor (ACS), a nationally certified counselor (NCC), and he holds two counseling licenses in the state of Connecticut for professional counseling and addictions counseling. At Warner, he teaches courses in addictions counseling, psychopharmacology, group counseling, ethics, and he prepares mental health counseling students for their first clinical experiences in pre-practicum in mental health counseling course. McGuinness has been a licensed counselor since 2013, and he has worked with clients who have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders across various levels of care, including detoxification, partial-hospitalization, and outpatient settings. 
His research interests include the impact technology has on human behavior, harm-reduction approaches to substance use counseling, pedagogical methods for applying the counselor-educator curriculum in an online environment, and clinical supervision. McGuinness has presented his work at regional and national counseling conferences. As the advisor of mental health counseling students, he works with students to ensure they are meeting the course requirements of the mental health counseling curriculum, while also providing counsel on what they would like to pursue in their future careers as counselors. 
McGuinness also serves as the counseling department’s representative for the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Service’s Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor curriculum. He has additional training in holistic approaches that can be integrated into counseling, including clinical hypnosis and Reiki. 

EDE419 Foundations of Psychopharmacology and Biological Determinants of Mental Health
EDE449 Pre-practicum in Community Mental Health Counseling
EDU453 Counseling and Facilitating in Small Groups
EDU472 Principles and Practices of Community and Mental Health Counseling
EDU474 Addictions Counseling and Prevention