Having earned degrees from Albion College (B.A.), Yale University (M.Div. & S.T.M.), and Greenleaf University (Ph.D.), Dr. Abbott has credentials as a pastor, professor, and practitioner. Trained by psychologist Robert Blees (the developer of Scenario Role Playing), he has experience using Scenario Role Play in churches, industry, the classroom, and private practice for over 30 years. He adds his wisdom gained from specializing in relationship counseling, and the supervision of emerging professionals, under licenses of Professional Counselor and Clinical Social Worker.
Dr. Abbott has served on the boards of the Michigan Association for Specialists in Group Work (MASGW), the Michigan Association for Social Work in Groups (MASWG), and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS). He is also a member of several other professional organizations related to mental health and emotional maturity.
He has presented workshops on the therapeutic method described in this book at the National Convention of the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), the International Convention of CAPS, the Convention and Training Conference of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW), the Annual Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG), and the 9th and 11th European Groupwork Symposia in Great Britain. These workshops have been well received.
Dr. Abbott is also a popular professor in the Master’s in Counseling degree programs at Spring Arbor University and Ashland University. These universities have commissioned him to write the curriculum for courses in Scenario Role Play for their Master’s programs. Students applaud draft versions of this book, used as the text. Classes in the method have waiting lists.
Realizing the value of students’ input, he incorporates their suggestions in this edition. He is currently working on a three-volume manual of Scenarios, and an advanced text expanding on the concepts presented here.