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Shannon currently serves the greater Portland, Oregon community in two distinct roles:

1. Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPC) – specifically in the areas of gender, sexuality and trauma – through her private counseling practice.

2. Director of Come Arise Ministries (comearise.org) which seeks to provide education and support to those wrestling with their faith in conjuction with their gender, sexuality, and relationships. Come Arise Ministries is partnered with Where Grace Abounds (http://wheregraceabounds.org) in Denver, Colorado.

EDUCATION:

  • Master of Arts in Counseling (2001-2006)
    • 62hr program/CACREP Accredited
    • Grace College, Winona Lake, IN
  • Bachelor of Science in Counseling and Youth Ministry
    • Grace College, Winona Lake, IN

EXPERIENCE:

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Private Practice, specializing in gender, sexuality, and relationships: 2008 – current
  • Director of Come Arise Ministries: 2014 – current
  • Associate Therapist for Janelle Hallman & Associates Mental Health Clinic: 2008 – 2017
  • Leadership Member of Where Grace Abounds Ministry: 2007 – 2014
  • Affiliate Faculty for Colorado Christian University – Masters in Counseling Dept.: 2007 – 2012
  • Shelterwood Residential Care Facility for Adolescents: 2006-2008
    • Mental Health Counselor for Families
    • Westminster, CO
  • Front Range Community College: 2007-2008
    • Part-time Faculty for Psychology Department
    • Boulder County Campus, CO
  • Colorado Christian University: 2005-2006
    • Counseling Internship with undergraduate students/450hrs
    • Lakewood, CO; 2005-2006
  • Lost and Found Counseling Center: 2005-2006
    • Counseling Internship with children, teens and families/450hrs
    • Wheat Ridge, CO
  • Grace College Resident Director: 2003-2005
    • Managed and directed college dormitory for 200+ women
    • Winona Lake, IN
  • Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services: 2003
    • Counseling Practicum serving families/75hrs
    • Warsaw, IN
  • Grace Village Retirement Community: 2003
    • Counseling Practicum serving the elderly /75hrs
    • Warsaw, IN
  • Grace College and Seminary: 2003
    • Counseling Practicum serving undergraduate students/100hrs
    • Winona Lake, IN

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & AWARDS:

 

Rants, S. (March, 2017). Hope for Your Transgender Marriage. Workshop given at North Star Conference.

Rants, S. (2015). Understanding Gender Dysphoria with Compassion. Workshop given at Where Grace Abounds & North Star Conference

Rants, S. (March, 2017; 2015, 2014).  How to Have Healthy Relationships with Other Women. Workshop given at North Star Conference

Rants, S., Kingry, S; (November, 2008 – 2014). Restoring Our Identities as Men & Women. Where Grace Abounds; Rotation foundations speaker, occurring every 12 weeks.

Rants, S. (September, 2008 – 2014). Moving Towards Healing: Healthy Attachments. Where Grace Abounds; Rotation foundations speaker, occurring every 12 weeks.

Rants, S. (January, 2008).  Philosophy of an Integrated Approach to Understanding Mental Health Disorders. Front Range Community College: Abnormal Psychology Course assisting Dick Miller.

Rants, S. (September, 2007). Treatment of Sexual Abuse Survivors. Colorado Christian University; MA in Counseling: Psychopathology course assisting Dick Miller.

Rants, S. (November, 2006). Treatment of Personality Disorders. Colorado Christian University; MA in Counseling: Psychopathology course assisting Dick Miller.

Rants, S. (September, 2006). Treatment of Sexual Abuse Survivors. Colorado Christian University; MA in Counseling: Psychopathology course assisting Dick Miller.

Rants, S. (September, 2006). Clinical Treatment of Mood Disorders. Colorado Christian University; MA in Counseling: Psychopathology course assisting Dick Miller.

Rants, S. (March, 2006). How to Lovingly Respond to Homosexuality. Training presented at Colorado Christian University for the anticipated visit of SoulForce Equality Riders.

Rants, S. (October, 2005). True Empathy. Presented at Colorado Christian University for the YTM 401 Youth Relationship Dynamics course assisting Joannie DeBrito.

Schultz, T., Felabom, C., Holabeck, T., Rants, S. (February, 2005). Resolving ethical dilemmas concerning religious values in mental health settings. Poster session presented at the annual Indiana Counseling Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Rants, S. (February, 2005). The Ugly Side of Leadership. Presented at Grace College for the Leadership Principles and Development course.

April 2001—“Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities” chosen by Grace College.

April 2001—“Greatest Campus Contribution Award” chosen by Grace College faculty.