Stephanie Griswold

Psychology Instructor & Director, Counseling Center

Education

Psy.D., Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, 2013
M.A., Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, 2010
B.A., Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee, 2006

“The most dynamic tool you have in the counseling room is you!”

Dr. Stephanie Griswold believes that one of the most powerful ways God has given us to heal is when another person truly listens to our story. Henri Nouwen, one of Griswold’s favorite authors writes this, “The beauty of listening is that, those who are listened to start feeling accepted, start taking their words more seriously and discovering their own true selves.”

If you visit one of Griswold’s classes, she’ll almost surely begin by reading a children’s story or a reflection from a great thinker. “Some of the best therapists are those who can see through the eyes of a child.” She believes in cultivating a classroom environment where students not only learn the class content but also learn about themselves.

In addition to teaching within the Counseling & Psychology department, Griswold also directs Trinity’s Counseling Center that offers counseling to students. She regularly trains graduate students from Trinity’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, and she has over ten years of clinical experience in working with children and adolescents, families, and adults. Griswold regularly draws from her therapy experiences in the classroom, making for a dynamic learning environment.

What drew her to Trinity:
Griswold felt especially called to Trinity because of its mission statement that centers on unity and diversity. “This call is engrained in the history of the College and stands out amidst a cultural landscape that is fragmented and fraught with conflict, especially with regard to race and religion.”

Research interests:

Much of Griswold’s research has centered on unwanted sexual experiences and unwanted exposure to pornography, with a particular emphasis on instances where males are the victims. She is also passionate about clinical work with historically underserved or marginalized groups of people and has focused much of her academic interests on trauma and resiliency, play-therapy with children and adolescents, and attachment-focused therapy. Griswold also feels particularly called in bridging the fields of psychology and Christian theology and takes every opportunity she can to integrate these two areas of wisdom.

When she’s not teaching:
“I’m most at home near a beach or a lake, preferably on a sunny day with temperatures about 80 degrees!”  She grew up on the coast of South Carolina and visits whenever she can. Otherwise, she enjoys camping, taking road-trips to national parks with her husband and son, and reading fiction novel series like “Harry Potter” and “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Griswold is also an active member of her church, Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Ill.

Courses

Counseling Children and Adolescents

Counseling Practicum

Publications

Griswold, S., Neal Kimball, C., & Alayan, A. J. (2020). Males’ stories of unwanted sexual experiences: A qualitative analysis. Psychology of Men & Masculinities, 21(2), 298–308. https://doi.org/10.1037/men0000247

 

Presentations & Workshops

Griswold, S.G. (2018). Play Therapy: An Introduction. Breakout session at Psychology Renewed Conference. Trinity Christian College, Palos, Heights, IL.

Griswold, S.G., Clary, C., McLean, K. Schwer Canning, S., (2017). Serving the underserved: Challenges and opportunities of addressing complex trauma in culturally diverse, urban communities. Breakout session at International Convention for the Christian Association of Psychological Studies, Chicago, IL.

Alayan, A., Griswold, S.G., Kimball, C.N., (2017). Males’ unwanted sexual experiences:  The role of faith and religious discourse. Poster presentation at International Convention for the Christian Association of Psychological Studies, Chicago, IL.

Griswold, S.G. (2016). Healthy sexuality, sexual abuse, and pornography: Implications in the Christian church.  Panel discussion at Center for Pastoral Theologians Conference, Oak Park, IL.

Bennett, M., Marquez Roth, A., Griswold, S.G. (2016). Illusionary relationships: Texting, sexting, and a false sense of intimacy. Poster presentation International Convention for the Christian Association of Psychological Studies, Indianapolis, IN.

Neal Kimball, C., Griswold, S., & Mangis, M. (2013). Gender and religious sexual scripts: Listening to emerging adults’ stories of unwanted sexual experiences. Conference on Emerging Adulthood, Chicago, IL.

Canning, S. S., Mitchell, H., Griswold, S., & Arute, I. (2011).  Best practices in recruitment & retention of a diverse student and faculty learning community. Paper presented at the International Convention for the Christian Association of Psychological Studies, Indianapolis, IN.

Griswold, S.G. & Balfour, C. (2017). Trauma and resilience: Impact of trauma on children and adolescents. Series of presentations for local organizations in Chicago, IL.

American Psychological Association (APA)

Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD)

Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Counseling Centers (5C)

+ Expertise

Dr. Stephanie Griswold believes that one of the most powerful ways God has given us to heal is when another person truly listens to our story. Henri Nouwen, one of Griswold’s favorite authors writes this, “The beauty of listening is that, those who are listened to start feeling accepted, start taking their words more seriously and discovering their own true selves.”

If you visit one of Griswold’s classes, she’ll almost surely begin by reading a children’s story or a reflection from a great thinker. “Some of the best therapists are those who can see through the eyes of a child.” She believes in cultivating a classroom environment where students not only learn the class content but also learn about themselves.

In addition to teaching within the Counseling & Psychology department, Griswold also directs Trinity’s Counseling Center that offers counseling to students. She regularly trains graduate students from Trinity’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, and she has over ten years of clinical experience in working with children and adolescents, families, and adults. Griswold regularly draws from her therapy experiences in the classroom, making for a dynamic learning environment.

What drew her to Trinity:
Griswold felt especially called to Trinity because of its mission statement that centers on unity and diversity. “This call is engrained in the history of the College and stands out amidst a cultural landscape that is fragmented and fraught with conflict, especially with regard to race and religion.”

Research interests:

Much of Griswold’s research has centered on unwanted sexual experiences and unwanted exposure to pornography, with a particular emphasis on instances where males are the victims. She is also passionate about clinical work with historically underserved or marginalized groups of people and has focused much of her academic interests on trauma and resiliency, play-therapy with children and adolescents, and attachment-focused therapy. Griswold also feels particularly called in bridging the fields of psychology and Christian theology and takes every opportunity she can to integrate these two areas of wisdom.

When she’s not teaching:
“I’m most at home near a beach or a lake, preferably on a sunny day with temperatures about 80 degrees!”  She grew up on the coast of South Carolina and visits whenever she can. Otherwise, she enjoys camping, taking road-trips to national parks with her husband and son, and reading fiction novel series like “Harry Potter” and “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Griswold is also an active member of her church, Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Ill.

+ Courses & Publications

Courses

Counseling Children and Adolescents

Counseling Practicum

Publications

Griswold, S., Neal Kimball, C., & Alayan, A. J. (2020). Males’ stories of unwanted sexual experiences: A qualitative analysis. Psychology of Men & Masculinities, 21(2), 298–308. https://doi.org/10.1037/men0000247

 

Presentations & Workshops

Griswold, S.G. (2018). Play Therapy: An Introduction. Breakout session at Psychology Renewed Conference. Trinity Christian College, Palos, Heights, IL.

Griswold, S.G., Clary, C., McLean, K. Schwer Canning, S., (2017). Serving the underserved: Challenges and opportunities of addressing complex trauma in culturally diverse, urban communities. Breakout session at International Convention for the Christian Association of Psychological Studies, Chicago, IL.

Alayan, A., Griswold, S.G., Kimball, C.N., (2017). Males’ unwanted sexual experiences:  The role of faith and religious discourse. Poster presentation at International Convention for the Christian Association of Psychological Studies, Chicago, IL.

Griswold, S.G. (2016). Healthy sexuality, sexual abuse, and pornography: Implications in the Christian church.  Panel discussion at Center for Pastoral Theologians Conference, Oak Park, IL.

Bennett, M., Marquez Roth, A., Griswold, S.G. (2016). Illusionary relationships: Texting, sexting, and a false sense of intimacy. Poster presentation International Convention for the Christian Association of Psychological Studies, Indianapolis, IN.

Neal Kimball, C., Griswold, S., & Mangis, M. (2013). Gender and religious sexual scripts: Listening to emerging adults’ stories of unwanted sexual experiences. Conference on Emerging Adulthood, Chicago, IL.

Canning, S. S., Mitchell, H., Griswold, S., & Arute, I. (2011).  Best practices in recruitment & retention of a diverse student and faculty learning community. Paper presented at the International Convention for the Christian Association of Psychological Studies, Indianapolis, IN.

Griswold, S.G. & Balfour, C. (2017). Trauma and resilience: Impact of trauma on children and adolescents. Series of presentations for local organizations in Chicago, IL.

+ Professional Society Memberships

American Psychological Association (APA)

Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD)

Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Counseling Centers (5C)