Dr. Scott Giacomucci, DSW, LCSW, BCD, CGP, FAAETS, TEP (he, him, his) is the Director, Founder, & Owner of the Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy. He provides clinical services at the center as well as supervision, consultation, training, and organizational leadership.
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 methods (especially sociometry, psychodrama, and group work) in clinical, educational, community, and organizational settings. 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.”
Scott has been recognized by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress as a Fellow – the highest status in the academy. In 2021, he was inducted as an official listee in the original Marquis Who’s Who in America. He is also Board-Certified as a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. He has been elected to a second term as a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama and an advisory board member of the International Society of Experiential Professionals. Scott co-chairs the ASGPP Research Committee and is a founding member of the Sociatry & Social Justice Committee. He is Co-Chief-Editor of the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy. He is a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) and internationally certified trainer with Therapeutic Spiral International. Scott teaches trauma-focused psychodrama as an adjunct professor and research associate at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research as well as Villanova University’s graduate counseling program. He 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 and Mainline Health’s trauma and experiential programming over the past decade.
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 many are suggesting as the treatment of choice for trauma. He has developed notable skill and experience working with Death, Loss, and Grieving, Traumatic Loss, Sexual Abuse, Relational Trauma, PTSD, CPTSD, Military or Work-related Trauma, Childhood Trauma, Single-Incident Traumatic events, Anxiety, and Depression.
Scott also provides professional training, supervision, and EMDR consultation upon request. His teaching philosophy is rooted in experiential teaching pedagogy leveraging group dynamics and mutual aid within the the classroom or training group to empower each attendee. Rather than only lecturing from a powerpoint, Scott develops creative teaching structures that promote critical thinking, reflection, and direct encounter with the content being taught.
Scott’s academic work has included research, writing, editing, and university teaching. More details, such as past presentations and publications, available in CV/Resume: View Scott’s Complete CV/Resume Here
Scott’s forthcoming book (spring 2023) offers an in-depth dive into trauma-informed principles and their utility in groups, psychodrama, and organizations. This book offers leaders the insight and tools to facilitate engaging and meaningful groups. The potential for retraumatizing participants is addressed while promoting trauma-informed practice and trauma-informed leadership as an ethical imperative.
“Scott’s book is an important and necessary addition to the field about the specific aspects of psychodrama to a trauma-informed knowledge base on the uses of the dramatic arts in treatment as well as the implications of this work for organizations and for leaders.”
-Sandra, L. Bloom, MD
Scott’s (2021) textbook 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 award-winning book will be of interest to students, scholars, social workers, group therapists, counselors, educators, activists, and community leaders.
“This is truly an important contribution to the literature that firmly establishes the connection between Moreno’s triadic system and the social work field.”
-Tian Dayton, PhD, TEP,
Scott holds the following credentials:
- Doctorate in Clinical Social Work (DSW) from University of Pennsylvania (dissertation here)
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Pennsylvania and Delaware
- Masters in Social Services from Bryn Mawr College (MSS)
- Board-Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work (BCD)
- Board Certified Trainer, Educator, & Practitioner of Sociometry, Psychodrama, and Group Psychotherapy (TEP)
- Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP)
- Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist (CTTS)
- Fellow of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (FAAETS)
- Certified Experiential Therapist (CET III); Approved Certified Trainer (ACT) in Experiential; Approved Experiential Supervisor (AES)
- 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
- American Group Psychotherapy Association
- 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 working relationship – the safe container for our work, we will come to a better understanding of the concerns that brought you to therapy (or consultation/supervision), as well as your strengths that will support your desired change. In the helper role, I experience myself as a companion on your journey. Together, we will remove the barriers between you, your personal (or professional/organizational) goals, and your inherent ability to create change in your life, your relationships, and your community.
“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 does not have availability for new psychotherapy clients.
Scott’s fee for organizational consultation or clinical training varies based on the nature of the organization, travel distance, number of participants, type of training, and workshop content. Workshops are individualized to meet your organizational needs/preferences with fees ranging from $475-1250/hour or $2250-7500/day.
*Reduced cost offerings are provided to non-profit organizations and international communities on a limited basis.