Meet the Team

Eric Scalise, Ph. D

Senior Consultant, Trainer

Eric Scalise, Ph. D

Eric Scalise, LPC, LMFT, MFCC

Eric has more than 25 years of outstanding experience in administration, management, organizational development, teaching and counseling.  Along with his position as consultant for Carawan Global, he currently serves as Vice President of Professional Development for the American Association of Christian Counselors where he oversees corporate operations.  


Eric has developed his corporate leadership skills throughout his distinguished career in the field of mental health.  Positions held include Department Chair of Counseling Programs and Associate Professor at Regent University’s School of Psychology & Counseling, Founder and President of Beacon Counseling & Consulting, P.C.., Clinical Director for Oasis Counseling Center, National Director of Counselor Care for the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), and Eastern Regional Director for Rapha Treatment Centers where he oversaw operations for 8 hospitals across the East Coast. 


Eric is a frequently sought-after national and international conference speaker on leadership issues  and mental health.  He developed a week-long intensive therapeutic retreat for leaders and their spouses as well as a 20-week, college-level, Lay Counselor Training Course for local churches. Over 600 facilitators, representing almost 70 churches, have gone through the course and are now trained.  He also hosted two radio programs – “Teen Talk” and “The Rapha Answer.”

Eric has served in numerous leadership positions within his field and community.  He has served on the Board of Directors for Tree Of Rest (a national sexual abuse ministry) and the Mary & Elizabeth Crisis Pregnancy Center.  He was appointed by Governor George Allen to the Virginia Board of Counseling (1997) and reappointed by Governor Jim Gilmore in 1999.  He has lived and worked throughout the world including Australia, Afghanistan, China, Germany, India, Italy, Turkey and Ukraine.

Eric holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, and an Ed.S. in Counseling, a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and a B.A. in Psychology from the College of William and Mary.  He also holds certificates of Basic Critical Incident Stress Management, Advanced Graduate Studies in Organizational Leadership and Drug Education Institute.  He is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Counseling Association, the Virginia Counseling Association, the American Association of Christian Counselors.


Eric and his wife of nearly 30 years reside in Virginia Beach and his twin adult sons are in the U.S. Marine Corps. 

When I’m not working I can usually be found… spending time with my wife, reading, working out, putzing around on the computer



I feel passionately about… making a difference wherever I am with the time that is given to me, seeing other people live up to and experience their God-given potential, doing life well, giving people the opportunity to have a relationship with God



Some of my favorite books are… The Lord of the Rings by J.R. Tolkien, 1776 by David McCullough, George Washington’s Leadership Lessons by James Rees, The Bible, almost any history book, books on leadership



My family is… about the most important thing in my life, my treasure, what challenges and motivates me to be committed to excellence



I regularly enjoy… spending time with my wife and my sons, spending time with close, intimate friends, a good book or movie, travel, playing just about any game, racquetball, almost anything pertaining to history



My most (interesting/challenging/unique) job before Carawan Global Communications & Consulting… was as Department Chair for a Graduate Counseling Program



I enjoy being part of the Carawan Global team because… I believe strongly in the mission and vision of CGCC, as well as their commitment to excellence that’s always delivered with integrity