“Approachable” and “runs a tight ship” may sound like descriptions of two entirely different people. Not in the case of Scott Methvin.
“I’ve been told I’m one of the most approachable people,” said Mr. Methvin, clinical director of the Glick House Community Counseling Center since 2007. “I try to be personable,” he said, “but I try to instill values and take it seriously. I run a tight ship,” he said. “I expect graduate students to know that,” he said of the intern counselors he supervises at the Glick House who are working toward master’s degrees and to get experience for professional licensing.
Mr. Methvin says he tries “to instill responsibility, to teach each student that if I’m not there, they can run” the counseling center. After internship, he said, they “will be working for a business, so that’s the way we want to run” Glick House.
Though much of Mr. Methvin’s focus is on training student-counselors, “I try to make the center as personable as possible” for clients, he said, “not like a doctor’s office – a place of hope and refuge.”
Mr. Methvin, who holds three professional counseling licenses, started at Texas Wesleyan in 2002 as the university counselor to provide no-cost services for students, faculty and staff. Since then counseling services have “expanded from just me to a staff of eight” interns and “from just an internal program to a community program,” he said. He was instrumental in developing the graduate counseling program. “Evidently we’re doing something right,” he said. “The clinic operations are self-supporting,” with community clients paying on a sliding fee scale. Referrals come mostly from local school districts, hospitals and mental health and social services agencies.
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“I like carpentry a lot and even built some of the furniture we use in the Glick House,” Mr. Methvin said.