J. Scott Hinkle, Ph.D. is the Director of Professional Development at NBCC. Dr. Hinkle is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), and Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). He has authored numerous articles on mental health as well as two books: Family Counseling in the Schools (1995) and Promoting Optimum Mental Health through Counseling (1999).
Dr. Hinkle has been a practitioner for 35 years in the areas of community and school mental health. He also specializes in couples and family counseling as well as team building and outdoor leadership. As a professor, Dr. Hinkle has taught graduate courses in family counseling, psychological testing, counseling research, and psychodiagnosis. He also has taught in Europe and offered numerous courses online using computers in distance education.
Dr. Hinkle has served as a Team Chair for the Council on Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and provided consultation to universities on accreditation matters for over twenty years. He currently consults with universities on issues concerning distance education and clinical training. Internationally, Dr. Hinkle has co-developed the Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) program, initially in collaboration with the World Health Organization’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. In addition to teaching the week-long workshop on MHF, he also presents the global workshop on clinical supervision that has developed an associated international certification in clinical supervision.
Dr. Hinkle also has developed certification programs in Human Services (Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner) and Coaching (Board Certified Coach). He also consults on examination committees for other certifications, including the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor.
On the international front, Dr. Hinkle has taught the MHF program in numerous countries including Bhutan and Malaysia. In Bhutan, he also has developed counseling institutes that host U.S. professors for two weeks. As a result, professors have returned for semester-long sabbaticals in the country’s only psychiatric unit.
When not working, Dr. Hinkle enjoys whitewater kayaking, snowboarding, mountain biking, music and photography. He has attended several workshops in musical composition and photography.