College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Dr. Shaw has been a mental health counselor since 2002, working with adults, adolescents, and families. His clinical experience includes working in rural community mental health in Alaska, school counseling, adventure-based counseling, medical clinic settings for native peoples, private practice and as a mental health consultant for Job Corps. He has conducted trainings and presentations at national, regional, state, and local levels and has been an invited keynote speaker for state counseling conferences. He is a published author in peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of Mental Health Counseling, The Family Journal, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, and The Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development. He has also published book chapters, several articles in Counseling Today, and co-published a professional training video on Cultural Humility in Counseling. Dr. Shaw became a core faculty member in Walden’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in 2014.
RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning
COUN 6722 - Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories
COUN 6723 - Multicultural Counseling
COUN 6326 - Research and Evaluation
COUN 6720 - Diagnosis and Assessment
COUN 6785 - Prevention and Consultation
COUN 6316 - Techniques of Counseling
COUN 6730 - Counseling Addictive Disorders
EdD, University of Montana - Missoula, MT United States
MA, University of Montana
BS, Kennesaw State University
Poverello Center for Homelessness, Volunteer - Missoula, MT United States
Alaska Immigration Justice Project, Volunteer - Anchorage, AK United States
Awards / Honors
Bertha Morton Fellowship, University of Montana, 2012
RMACES Scholar, Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, 2012
Shaw, S., Bridges, C. The Lived Experiences of Licensed Counselors Using Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy.
Shaw, S. L., Green, J. (2022). Cognitive-Behavioral theories. In D. Capuzzi & M. D. Stauffer (Eds.), Counseling and psychotherapy: Theories and interventions (7th ed., pp. 193-216). American Counseling Association..
Shaw, S. L., Lombardero, A., Babins-Wagner, R., Sommers-Flanagan, J. (2019). Counseling Canadian Indigenous Peoples: Therapeutic alliance and outcome. Journal of Multicultural Counseling & Development, 47(1), 49-68.
Shaw, S. L. (2020). Learning from highly effective counselors.. Counseling Today.
Shaw, S. L. (2017). Cultural Humility: Embracing the Client’s View of Culturally Responsive Counseling. Counseling Today, 59(1), 42-48.. Counseling Today.
Sommers-Flanagan, J., Shaw, S. L. (2017). Suicide risk assessment: What psychologists should know. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 48(2), 98-106. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pro0000106. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.
Sommers-Flanagan, J., Shaw, S. L. (2017). Clinical interviews. In A. Wenzel. (Ed.). The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. SAGE Publications..
Shaw, S. L., Murray, K. W. (2015). Incorporating feedback-informed treatment into counseling Practice. Counseling Today, 57(12), 44-51.. Counseling Today.
Shaw, S. L., Murray, K. W. (2014). Monitoring alliance and outcome with client feedback measures. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 36(1), 43-57. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1526139253?accountid=14593. Journal Of Mental Health Counseling.
Polanchek, S., Shaw, S. L. (2015). Ten intimate relationship research findings every counselor should know. Counseling Today,59(6), 34-39. . Counseling Today.
Sommers-Flanagan, J., Polanchek, S., Zeleke, W. A., Hood, M., Shaw, S. L. (2014). Effectiveness of Solution-Focused Consultations on Parent Stress and Competence. The Family Journal, 23(1), 49-55. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1066480714555696. The Family Journal.
Shaw, S. L. (2022). A Strength and Wellness-Focused Approach to Suicide Assessment and Intervention. Keynote Speaker. South Dakota Counseling Association Annual Conference. April 30th, 2022..
Sophie, O., Shaw, S. (2022). (2022, April 7-9). Preparing Counselors In Training for Suicide Assessment and Intervention [Poster presentation]. American Counseling Association, Atlanta, Georgia. .
Shaw, S. L. (2020). Cultural Humility in Primary Care Practice. Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana. 10/7/2020.. Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana.
Shaw, S. L., Lombardero, A. (2020). Marriage, Intimate Relationships, & Medicine. .
Shaw, S. L. (2020). Multicultural Orientation in Community Mental Health. Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center.
Sommers-Flanagan, J., Shaw, S. L. (2013). The Clinical Interview: Themes, Variations, and Solutions. American Counseling Association, Annual Conference. Cincinnati, OH. 2013.
Shaw, S. L. (2019). Race and Racism in Medicine. WWAMI Medical School. University of Washington. Anchorage, AK. 3/20/19.
Shaw, S. L. (2018). Ten Multicultural Counseling Research Findings for Counselors to Know. Rocky Mountain Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Park City, UT. 10/5/18.
Shaw, S. L. (2018). Culture, Kids, and Family. Invited Lecture. University of Alaska, Anchorage. Clinical Psychology Program.
Shaw, S. L. (2017). Practice-based Evidence: Improving Client Outcomes through Feedback- Informed Counseling. New Mexico Counseling Association Annual Conference. April, 28, Albuquerque, NM..
Shaw, S. L. (2017). Cultural Humility: Improving Counseling Outcomes and Privileging the Client’s Voice. New Mexico Counseling Association Annual Conference. April, 28, Albuquerque, NM..
Shaw, S. L. (2016). Shaw, S. L. (2016). Feedback Informed Counseling: An Evidence-Based Approach to Empower Clients and Increase Effectiveness. New Mexico Counseling Association Annual Conference. June 4, Albuquerque, NM.
Shaw, S. (2017). Increasing Psychotherapy Effectiveness with the Partners for Change Outcome Management System. Training at the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Hospital. New Mexico Veterans Affairs.
Shaw, S. L. (2016). Cultural Humility: Embracing the Client’s View of Culturally Responsive Counseling. American Counseling Association Conference and Expo. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. .
Shaw, S. L. (2016). Feedback Informed Counseling: 3 Simple Steps to Improve Effectiveness and Empower Clients. Walden University Wow Workshop. 1/13/2016.
Shaw, S. L., Murray, K. (2015). Strengthening the Supervisory Alliance through Supervisee Feedback. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Annual Conference..
Shaw, S. L., Murray, K. (2014). Shaw, S. L. (2014). Are All Counselors from Lake Wobegon: Addressing Self-Assessment Bias and Improving Counseling Outcomes. Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education & Supervision, 2014 Conference..
Shaw, S. L. (2014). Shaw, S. L. (2014). Counseling Canadian Aboriginal Peoples: Alliance, Outcome, and Counselor Training Level. Poster Session at Walden University Research Symposium.
Shaw, S. L., Murray, K. (2014). Murray, K., & Shaw, S. L. (2014). Navigating Layers of Feedback: Assessing the Supervisory Alliance. Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education & Supervision, 2014 Conference..
Polanchek, S., Shaw, S. L. (2014). Polanchek, S., & Shaw, S. L. (2014). 10 Relationship Science findings that every counselor should know. American Counseling Association Annual Convention..
Shaw, S. L. (2014). Shaw, S. L. (2014). Feedback informed counseling: Improving outcomes and increasing accountability. 3 hour Learning Institute at the American Counseling Association Annual Convention..
Shaw, S. L., Murray, K. (2013). Shaw, S. L., & Murray, K. (2013). The Power of Feedback: Improving Counselor Training, Accountability, and Supervision with Formal Client Feedback.
Shaw, S. L. (2020). Cultural Humility in Mental Health Practice. Walden University.