Dr. E. Scott Hamilton

Lecturer in Pastoral Care & Counseling and Academic Administrator

Scott’s Story

Dr. Scott Hamilton seated in a red chairScott Hamilton is the provost and professor of pastoral care & counseling at YTI; he ensures that YTI’s academic programming and faculty not only empower exceptional graduate level theological education but also engages students in a relational model of education designed to assist students’ development into the people they want to be. Scott oversees the development and implementation of academic plans and policies while managing a relational space that empowers students and faculty members to thrive in their respective fields of research.

As YTI’s chief academic officer, Scott knows that students are looking for fresh and innovative ways to forge academic relationships. As such, he thrives on helping future Christian ministers and other leaders discern how they best learn and transfer that learning into their respective work places.

Scott is known among his peers as an introspective and detail oriented professional who listens at a deeper level, desiring that those with whom he relates feel safe and honored, regardless of contextual nuances. He simply enjoys relating with others, especially students, without superimposing personal agendas.

Scott has worked in various ministerial capacities across more than 25 years while also providing pastoral counseling to numerous people in the midst of life’s challenges or difficulties. He has helped parishioners, clients, and students discern ways to empower the development of their true selves, living confidently into their fullest potential.

A native Texan and transplant to Montana, Scott loves the outdoors. Depending on the season, you might find him hiking, skiing, backpacking, or fishing. He still looks out his front door, and the overwhelming majesty of God’s creation reminds him to live well, to enjoy life’s individual moments, and to never forget to express child-like wonder at life’s beauty.

Scott married Rebecca in 1992. Rebecca adds spice to their marriage as a clear communicator, Christian disciple, and lover of life. Also a Montana transplant, Rebecca looks forward to enjoying the fact that Montana has all four seasons. One of their adult daughters is working on a second college degree; the other is an elementary school teacher.

Scott holds Masters degrees from George W. Truett Theological Seminary and Brite Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Walden University.


Ph.D., Walden University (2009)
Counseling Psychology
Dissertation Title: An Investigation of the Relationship Between Personal Attachment Style and Church Membership
Chair: Magy Martin, Ph.D.

Th.M., Brite Divinity School (2005)
Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling
Thesis Title: Toward a Pastoral Theology of Becoming: Existential Foundations Chair: Steve Sprinkle, Ph.D.

M.Div., George W. Truett Theological Seminary (1999)
Religious Education

B.A., Howard Payne University (1996)
Christian Religious Education

A.A.S., Vernon College (1992)
Computer Aided Design

Teaching, Mentoring, and Supervision

Licensed Psychologist, January 2018

Provost & Professor, July 2017 – present
Yellowstone Theological Institute, Bozeman, Montana
Teaching Pastoral Care & Counseling; Direct the Practicum Track for this new seminary

Instructor, Fall 2011 – present
Vernon College, Wichita Falls, Texas
Teaching General Psychology at the undergraduate level; Employee Handbook Committee; Campus Carry Task Force (Hand Gun); Faculty Senate

Postdoctoral Intern/Resident, May 2011
Taft Counseling Center, Wichita Falls, Texas
Coordinate and manage all continuing education credits provided through this certified CEU offering agency. Organize Taft’s participation as part of the Greater Southwest Consortium in Professional Psychology. Facilitate client access to Taft Counseling Center through the Internet. Assist the director with clinical and educational training while providing support to agency operation and various administrative tasks. Offer training on psychological instruments as needed. Train interns and practicum students on clinical report writing for various entities, including Disability Assistive Rehabilitative Services, Child Protective Services, and Disability Determination Services, which empowers learning in authentic, “real life” situations. Training instruments include the following:

Cognitive Tools

Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, Fourth Edition

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Fourth Edition

Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence, Third Edition

Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement, Third Edition

Test of Non-Verbal Intelligence, Third Edition

Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales

Universal Nonverbal Intelligence Test

Achievement Tests

Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, Third Edition

Wide Range Achievement Test, Fourth Edition

Neuropsychological Assessments

Wechsler Memory Scale, Fourth Edition

Comprehensive Trail Making Test

Personality Tools

Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, Second Edition

Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, Adolescent

Personality Assessment Inventory

Personality Inventory for Youth

Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory, Third Edition

Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory

Thematic Apperception Test


Adaptive Behavior

Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Second Edition

Adaptive Behavior Assessment System, Second Edition

Connor’s Rating Scales

Adult Screening Tools

Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory, Third Edition

Beck Depression Inventory, Second Edition

Beck Anxiety Inventory

Beck Symptom Inventory

Trauma Symptom Inventory

Child Abuse Potential Inventory

Miller’s Forensic Assessment of Symptoms

Child Screening Tools

Gilliam’s Asperger’s Disorder Scale

Gilliam’s Autism Rating Scale

Piers-Harris Child Self Concept

Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children

Scale for Assessing Emotional Disturbance


Teaching and Mentoring, December 1992 – July 2017

Jean’s Men’s Bible Class, Nocona, Texas

Central Christian Church, Nocona, Texas

Jefferson County Schools, Charlestown, West Virginia

Mount Vernon Reformed and Evangelical United Church of Christ, Keedysville, Maryland

Fairview Community Church, Copperas Cove, Texas

Liberty Baptist Church, DeLeon, Texas

Southside Baptist Church, Brownwood, Texas

First Baptist Church, Cross Plains, Texas

Encourage a sense of vision and direction for parishioners and students willing to engage the educational journey. Evaluate educational programming; execute more educational opportunities while coordinating, facilitating, and instructing various programs. Plan, prioritize, and orchestrate paradigm shifts when needed in specific environments while consolidating educational activities to expose students to learning opportunities. Write individual curricula, oversee calendaring, and help coordinate educational opportunities catered to military families.


Hamilton, S., Martin, M., & Martin., M. (2010). A statistical investigation of the relationship between personal attachment style and satisfaction with Evangelical Church membership. Journal of Religion and Health.


Hamilton, E. S. (2010) Supervision of supervision. Continuing Education Unit presentation.

Hamilton, E. S. (2010) Structural Family Therapy. Continuing Education Unit presentation.

Hamilton, E. S. (2009). Welcoming the stranger: Hospitality and Attachment in Synthesis. A paper presented for the Christian Grassroots Hospitality and Sustainability Conference. April 2009.

Hamilton, E. S. (2006). A theory of addiction: Existential and philosophical rubrics. A Poster presented for the American Psychological Association’s Annual Convention. August 2006.

Hamilton, E. S. (2006). Attachment and its implications for the therapeutic relationship. A poster presented for the American Psychological Association’s Annual Convention. August 2006.

Hamilton, E. S. (2005). Toward a pastoral theology of addiction: Existential, philosophical, and theological rubrics. A poster presented for the Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Convention. March 2005.

Clinical Experience

Postdoctoral Psychology Extern, 2009 – 2010
Taft Counseling Center, Wichita Falls, Texas
Clinical Supervisor: Michael A. Vandehey, Ph.D.
Supervise doctoral level and master’s level practicum students. Serve as liaison to multiple public institutional entities, and supervise continuing education and training for agency staff. Provide therapy to clients and train students on appropriate therapeutic interventions.

Pre-doctoral Psychology Intern, 2008 – 2009
Taft Counseling Center, Wichita Falls, Texas
Clinical Supervisors: Michael A. Vandehey, Ph.D. and Laura Spiller, Ph.D.
Facilitate micro-skill development, application of theory to treatment, and fostering of a therapeutic alliance, including preparation for termination. Help student select meaningful assessment instruments, write reports, and provide appropriate feedback. Videotape supervision and presented in supervision of supervision. Develop a clinical interview worksheet to facilitate and organize client related information. Supervise one master’s level practicum student. Manage client caseload inclusive of individual, family, and group clients. Develop rapport and formulate treatment plans to accommodate presenting problems while empowering forward movement. Management of contract with the Montague County Cooperative, a conglomerate of seven school districts, providing outside psychological evaluations and consultation. Coordinate with the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services to provide vocational assessment and subsequent psychological counseling. Establish rapport and relationships with the Region IX Education Service Center and the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. Assist with the development of a crisis plan for weapons.

Doctoral Extern, 2007 – 2008
Taft Counseling Center, Wichita Falls, Texas
Provide individual, family, and group therapy while developing and implementing treatment plans and conceptualizing client concerns to guide counseling process, goals, and interventions. Perform clinical interviews, conducted psychological assessments, and integrated client histories, behavioral observations, and collateral information to obtain clinical client profiles. Offer hypotheses about client problems, prognoses, and treatment programs.

Continuing Education and Professional Development

Blackboard 9.1 Training. Vernon College, Wichita Falls, Texas, September 2011.
Facilitator: Roxanne Hill.

Ethics in Supervision. Taft Counseling Center, Wichita Falls, TX, September 13, 20, & 27, 2009.
Presenter: Reda Rasco, Psy.D.

Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified. Taft Counseling Center, Wichita Falls, TX, March 20 & 27, 2009, and April 3 & 17, 2009.
Presenter: Walter Swinhoe, M.Div., LMFT-S.

The Minister as Diagnostician. Taft Counseling Center, Wichita Falls, TX, May 1, 8, & 22, 2009, and June 5 & 12, 2009.
Presenter: Jeff Bennett, M. Div., LMFT.

Bowenian Therapy. Taft Counseling Center, Wichita Falls, TX, July 24 & 31, 2009.
Presenter: David Daniels, LMFT.

Multicultural Counseling. Taft Counseling Center, Wichita Falls, TX, October 23 & 30, 2009.
Presenter: Mary Akinwolemiwa, M. S.

Vicarious Trauma. Taft Counseling Center, Wichita Falls, TX, Novermber 13 & 20, 2009.
Presenter: Vanessa Kincheloe, M. S.

Community Service

Facilities Committee for Nocona Independent School District, 2014 – 2016, Nocona, Texas

Partners in Education Board, 2011 – 2012, Nocona, Texas

Nocona Ministerial Alliance, President, 2006 – 2009, Nocona, Texas

Cove House Home Homeless Shelter, Board Chair, 1997 – 1999, Copperas Cove, TX

Executive Board, Baptist General Convention of Texas, Dallas, Texas, 1996

Curriculum Vitae

Doctoral Level
Counseling Psychology Specialization

PSCY 8000 Professional Development

PSYC 6210 Advanced General Psychology

PSYC 6215 Developmental Psychology

PSYC 6225 Biopsychology

PSYC 8700 Psychology and Social Change

PSYC 8722 Theories of Psychotherapy

PSYC 8723 Multicultural Counseling

PSYC 8725 Group Therapy

PSCY 8705 Ethics and Standards of Practice

Behavioral Science

PSYC 6205 History and Systems of Psychology

PSYC 6235 Cognitive Psychology

PSCY 6220 Psychology of Personality

PAST 7337 Human Growth & Faith Development

PSYC 8720 Abnormal Psychology

Psychological Assessment

PSYC 6315 Tests and Measurements

PSYC 6331 Interview and Observations Strategies

PSYC 6341 Psychological Assessment: Cognitive

PSYC 6351 Psychological Assessment: Personal & Social/Emotional

PSYC 8361 Advanced Psychological Testing


PSYC 6305 Statistics I

PSYC 8305 Statistics II

PSYC 6310 Research and Design

PSYC 8310 Qualitative Analysis

Practicum and Field Work

PSYC 8871 Practicum 1

PSYC 8871 Practicum 2

PSCY 8882 Internship 1

PSYC 8882 Internship 2

PSYC 8882 Internship 3

PSYC 8882 Internship 4

PSYC 8882 Internship 5

PSYC 8882 Internship 6

PSYC 8882 Internship 7

PSYC 8882 Internship 8

PSYC 8882 Internship 9

PSYC 8882 Internship 10

Masters Level
Marriage and Family Specialization

PTPC 90333 Pastoral Care with Children

PTPC 90443 Pastoral Counseling for Couples & Families

PTPC 95143 Pastoral Care with Couples & Families

Pastoral Counseling and Theology

PAST 7331 The Christian Ministry

PAST 7336 Life & Work of the Pastor

PTPC 80330 Clinical Pastoral Education

PTPC 90120 Specific Problems in Pastoral Care

PTPC 90143 Short-Term Pastoral Counseling

PTPC 94013 Independent Research & Study

PTPC 90773 Hope in Pastoral Care & Counseling

PTPC 95113 History & Method of Pastoral Theology

PTPC 95123 Personality Theory & Theological Anthropology


LEAD 7301 Leadership for Ministry

LEAD 7309 Church Administration

LEAD 7311 Conflict Management in the Church

Christian Religious Education

CRED 7300 Introduction to Christian Religious Education

CRED 7330 Introduction to Family Ministry

CRED 7379 Principles of Teaching Christian Faith

Preaching and Theology

PRCH 7316 Preaching and Worship I

PRCH 7317 Preaching and Worship II

PRCH 7321 Texts and Communications I

THEO 7346 New Testament Greek I

THEO 7360 Tests & Traditions I

THEO 7361 Christian Texts & Traditions II

THEO 7362 Christian Texts & Traditions III

THEO 7370 Christian Scriptures I

THEO 7371 Christian Scriptures III

THEO 7372 Christian Scriptures II

THEO 7373 Christian Scriptures IV

THEO 7385 Christian World Mission

THEO 7388 Theological Capstone

THEO 7396 The Baptist Identity

Covenant Groups

COVG 7000 Covenant Groups 1

COVG 7002 Covenant Groups 2

COVG 7003 Covenant Groups 3

COVG 7004 Covenant Groups 4

COVG 7005 Covenant Groups 5

COVG 7006 Covenant Groups 6


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