Dr. Scott Giacomucci, DSW, LCSW, BCD, FAAETS, PAT (he, him, his) is the Director, Founder, & Director of Training/Continuing Education of the Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy. He provides clinical services at the center as well as supervision, consultation, and training.
Scott’s work has been internationally recognized and he is the recipient of various awards. He frequently presents training workshops at local, national, and international events and has published various articles on using experiential therapy, sociometry, and psychodrama with trauma and addiction. Most recently, the CEO of NASW commented in a press release that “With social work leaders such as Dr. Giacomucci on the rise I’m assured the social work profession will have an especially bright future.” As well as, “He has shown an astute keenness to take on a leadership role in promoting the field of psychodrama; and he’s actively engaged in publishing research that advances excellence in social work clinical practice.”
Scott has been recognized by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress as a Fellow – the highest status in the academy. He is also Board-Certified as a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. He is also a Diplomate and Executive Council member of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama and a board member of the International Society of Experiential Professionals. Scott co-chairs the ASGPP Research Committee, Professional Liaison Committee, and is a founding member of the new Sociatry & Social Justice Committee. He is an internationally certified trainer with Therapeutic Spiral International and teaches as an adjunct professor at Bryn Mawr College and New Mexico State University’s master’s in social work programs. Scott is also certified through the International Society of Experiential Professionals as an experiential therapist, trainer, and supervisor (CET III; ACT; AES).
He holds the role of Director of Experiential Trauma Services at Mirmont Treatment Center serving a variety of populations including young adults and emergency responders (veterans, police, fire, etc..) in both individual therapy and group sessions. He played an instrumental role in the development of Mirmont’s trauma and experiential programming.
Scott has a gentle, non-judgmental treatment approach that honors the inherent worth of each individual. He utilizes a blend of treatment modalities including both traditional talk therapy and experiential therapy which have been research-proven as the treatment of choice for treating trauma. He has developed notable skill and experience working with Death, Loss, and Grieving; Sexual Abuse; Relational Trauma; Military or Work-related Trauma; Childhood Trauma and Attachment; Single-Incident Traumatic events; Anxiety and Depression
Scott also provides professional training, supervision, and EMDR consultation upon request.
Scott’s academic work has included research, writing, editing, and university teaching. More details available in CV/Resume:
View Scott’s Complete CV/Resume Here
Scott holds the following credentials:
- Doctorate in Clinical Social Work (DSW) from University of Pennsylvania (dissertation here)
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Pennsylvania
- Masters in Social Services from Bryn Mawr College (MSS)
- Board-Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work (BCD)
- Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist (CTTS)
- Fellow of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (FAAETS)
- Diplomate of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama (DASGPP)
- Certified Experiential Therapist (CET III); Approved Certified Trainer (ACT) in Experiential; Approved Experiential Supervisor (AES)
- Board Certified Practitioner of Sociometry, Psychodrama, and Group Psychotherapy
- Practitioner Applicant for Trainer (PAT)
- International Certification in Experiential Trauma Therapy -Therapeutic Spiral International (TSI)
- TSI Trainer; Team Leader; Assistant Leader; and Trained Auxiliary Ego
- Certified Practitioner & Certified Consultant of EMDR
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Scott holds professional memberships in:
- The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
- The Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists
- International Society of Experiential Professionals
- The American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama
- Delaware Valley Psychodrama Collective
- International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes
- EMDR International Association
- Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work
- National Association of Social Workers
- International Association for Social Work with Groups
My mission is to help contribute to well-being in our world by fostering a sense of safety where healing can take place and empowering us to be the best versions of ourselves. I feel very blessed to bear witness to change and transformation in others (and myself!) everyday through my work. As we develop a therapeutic relationship – the safe container for our work, we will come to a better understanding of the concerns that brought you to therapy, as well as your strengths that will support your desired change. In the therapist role, I experience myself as a companion on your journey within. Together, we will remove the barriers between you, your personal goals, and your inherent ability to heal yourself.
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” -Rumi
Scott’s typical fee is $175 for individual therapy (50 min); he is able to work on a sliding scale if needed. Although he only works on a self-pay basis, he is able to provide documentation for clients to submit for out-of-network reimbursement from their insurance provider.
Scott’s recently (2021) published a textbook which is freely available as an ebook online. This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of the intersections between the fields of social work, sociometry, and psychodrama. This book will be of interest to students, scholars, social workers, group therapists, counselors, educators, activists, and community leaders.