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Skovholt

Thomas Skovholt

Professor of educational psychology in the counseling and student personnel psychology program
B. A. St. Olaf College, History/Psychology
M. Ed. University of Missouri, Counseling Psychology
Ph. D. University of Missouri, Counseling Psychology (APA-Approved Program)
Psychology Internship, Counseling Services, University of Missouri (APA-Approved Internship)

Licensed Psychologist, Florida (1977)
Licensed Psychologist, Minnesota (1978-present)
Board Certified in Counseling Psychology, American Board of
Professional Psychology (1984-present)
Over 16, 000 hours of clinical practice, consultation, and clinical supervision (1971-present)

Educational Psychology
160 EdSciB
56 East River Rd

Tel: 612/625-3573

Download Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Areas of Interest

Resiliency development and burnout prevention Struggles of the novice practitioner, clinical supervision Mastery and expertise in the helping professions, education and health care The counseling process and helping skills

Short Bio

  • Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor
  • Associate Member, Faculty in Professional Relations University of Stavanger, Norway
  • Part-Time Psychology Practitioner, Maplewood Psychology

“One of the Most Influential Graduates in the 50 Year History of the Counseling Psychology Program” - University of Missouri College of Education Dean Dan Clay

James Cosse Distinguished Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Professional Practice of Counseling Psychology

“Ronnestad and Skovholt are the originators of the study of therapist and counselor development.” Hadas Wiseman, Professor, Univ. of Haifa and Vice-President, Society of Psychotherapy Research

Areas of Interest

  • Resiliency development and burnout prevention 
  • Struggles of the novice practitioner, clinical supervision
  • Mastery and expertise in the helping professions, education and health care
  • The counseling process and helping skills

Research Interests

Full Bio

I feel fortunate to have a career in counseling psychology, one of the broadest of the applied psychology specialties. During my time in psychology, the field has grown in importance and has been applied to more and more human development areas. At the same time, the research supporting the power of counseling and therapy has grown and the stigma related to seeking help has gone down. Every day the counseling relationship, and related activities of consulting, clinical supervision and coaching are being used thousands of times, throughout the world, to help people. What a terrific field to be in!

My career focus is divided into a triangle, each feeding and strengthening the other two: a) teaching and advising b) research and writing c) practice as a psychologist. I have done some administration such as being Counseling Program Coordinator and Training Director for 12 years. However, during my career, I have chosen to focus on A, B and C. Together, this triangle has been very engaging.

Thus far, I have had 33 PhD Advisees who have graduated; what a privilege it has been to work with these students and current ones too. And the students in my classes have been eager and engaged – a teacher’s delight.

The world of clients is one guarded by confidentiality. However, I the intensity of the counseling relationship has given me the opportunity to try to reduce human suffering and increase human coping. It has been an honor to be in the counselor/therapist role.

My writing in recent years has focused on writing books and making presentations on two topics:

  1. Practitioner Resiliency in the relationship-intense professions. These professions include counselors, therapists and social workers; teachers and professors; academic advisors;  physicians,  nurses and other health care providers;  clergy;  family law attorneys and other fields where professional caring for others  is core to the work.
  2. Professional Development, Mastery and Expertise in these fields. 

 

Honors & Awards

University of Missouri College of Education Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement, 2013.

Susan T. Rydell Outstanding Contributions to Psychology Award, Minnesota Psychological Association, 2011

Oral Examiner for Board Certification with the American Board of Professional Psychology,  53 Psychologist Candidates, 1987-2011

Doctoral Dissertation Committee Member, Universities in the United States, Canada. South Africa, and Australia, 2003-2009

Lifetime Contributions to Education and Training, Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs, 2010

Division 17 of APA Distinguished Recognition Award, 2010

MPA Distinguished Elder in Psychology Award, 2010

Doctoral Dissertation Committee Member, Universities in the United States, Canada. South Africa, and Australia, 2003-2009

Member, American Board of Counseling Psychology, 1993-2008

James Cosse Distinguished Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Professional Practice of Counseling Psychology, 2005

MPA Outstanding Graduate Professor in Psychology Award, 2004

Publication Award, Association for Counselor Education & Supervision (with L. Jennings), 2004 for Master Therapists

President, American Board of Counseling Psychology, 2004-5

Minnesota International Counseling Institute (MICI), Co-Director, 1989-2005

Research Award, Association for Counselor Education & Supervision (with H. Ronnestad), 1994for The Evolving Professional Self

Fellow, Academy of Counseling Psychology, 1994

Bjorn Christensen Research Award (with H. Ronnestad), 1993 for The Evolving Professional Self

Fellow, American Psychological Association, 1992

Minnesota Career Development Association Research Award (with H. Ronnestad) for The Evolving Professional Self, 1991

Morse-Minnesota Alumni Association Teaching Award, 1988

Citation for Teaching, Fulbright Year, Hacetteppe University, Turkey, 1983

Fulbright Award, Turkey, 1982-83

Nominated by Students, Teacher of the Year, University of Florida, 1975.

 

Selected Publications

  1. (2011- today)

    Skovholt, T. M. and Trotter-Mathison, M. (to be published February, 2016). The resilient practitioner: Burnout and compassion fatigue prevention and self-care strategies for the helping professions. (3rd Ed.)  New York: Routledge. 

  2. Jennings, L. & Skovholt, T. M. (Eds.) (to be published in May, 2016). Expertise in counseling and therapy: Master therapist studies from around the world . New York: Oxford University Press. 

  3. Skovholt, T. M. , & Jennings, L. (Eds. ) (republished in May, 2016). Master therapists: Exploring expertise in therapy and counseling. New York: Oxford University Press. (Note: Preface and Epilog are additions to the 2004 publication)

  4. Skovholt, T. M. (2015). Skovholt Practitioner Professional Resiliency and Self-Care Inventory-Revised. In Skovholt, T. M. and Trotter-Mathison, M. The resilient practitioner:  Burnout and compassion fatigue prevention and self-care strategies for  the helping professions. Third  Edition. ( xxi-xxiv) New York: Routledge. 

  5. Ronnestad, M. H. and Skovholt, T. M. (2013) The developing practitioner: Growth and stagnation of therapists and counselors. New York: Routledge. 

  6. Skovholt, T. M. (2013). Searching for certainty. In D. Salvador & R. Collins,  Mentoring doctors:  How to design and implement a junior doctor mentoring program in Australia. (p. 8-10) Medical Education in Australia. ISBN # 9780646915357

  7. Skovholt, T. M. (2012). Becoming a therapist: On the path to mastery. New York: John Wiley and Sons

  8.  Skovholt, T. M. (2012). The counselor’s resilient self. Turkish Journal of Counseling and Guidance, 4, 137-146. 

  9. Jennings, L, Gulden, A. Oien, M. , D’Rozario, V. Goh, M. & Skovholt, T. M. (2012). Multicultural knowledge and skills of Singaporean master therapists. Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling, 2, 133-146. 

  10. Skovholt, T. M. & Starkey, M. T. (2012). The Practitioner’s Intense Search for Knowing in a Sea of Ambiguity: Answers from the Learning Triangle of Practice, Academic Research and Personal Life. G. Neimeier & J. Taylor (Eds. ). Continuing professional development and lifelong learning: Issues, impacts and outcomes (229-247) Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers. 

  11. Skovholt, T. M. (2011). The practitioner’s urgent search for answers: Knowledge from research vs. knowledge from practice. Inside Out: The Journal for the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy, 65, 79 – 85. 

  12. Rønnestad, M. H. & Skovholt, T. M. (2011). Om terapeuters profesjonelle utvikling og psykoterapiveiledning i et utviklingsperspektiv. (On therapists' professional development and psychotherapy supervision in a developmental perspective In: M. H. Rønnestad & S. Reichelt (Eds. ). Veiledning i psykoterapeutisk arbeid (Supervision in psychotherapeutic work). Oslo: Oslo University Press. 

  13.  Skovholt, T. M. (2011). Skovholt Practitioner Professional Resiliency and Self-Care Inventory In Skovholt, T. M. and Trotter-Mathison, M. The resilient  practitioner:  Burnout prevention and self-care strategies for therapists, counselors,  teachers, and health professionals. Second Edition. ( xxi-xxiv) New York: Routledge. 

  14. Skovholt, T. M. and Trotter-Mathison, M. (2011). The resilient practitioner:  Burnout prevention and self-care strategies for therapists, counselors, teachers, and health professionals. Second Edition. New York: Routledge. 

Selected Presentations

  1. (2011-today)

    The Resilient Practitioner, Wisconsin Medical College Clinical and Academic  

         Physicians, Milwaukee, October, 2015

     

    Hazards of Practice and Tips for Professional Resiliency, Post-Convention Workshop, STAR

         Conference, Tel Aviv, July, 2015

     

    The Professional Development of Counselors and Therapists: A Presentation in Honor of

        Professors Joseph Johnston and Norman Gysbers (with Helge Ronnestad), University of

        Missouri, Columbia, April, 2015

     

    The Minnesota Counselor Development and Master Therapist Research Studies:  Findings from

        1985 to 2015 (with Len Jennings, Ashley Sovereign and Salina Renninger). Minnesota

         Psychological Association Convention, Bloomington, March, 2015

     

     Hazards of Practice and Tips for Professional Resiliency, Resiliency Conference,

          University of South Alabama, October, 2014

     

     Hazards of Practice and Tips for Professional Resiliency in the Relationship-Intense

         Professions,   Presentation for Physicians, Nurses, Counselors and Educators, University of

         Stavanger, Norway, October, 2014

     

    The Developmental Path to Mastery in Counseling and Therapy (with Len Jennings),

      APA Annual Convention, Washington, DC, August, 2014

     

    Resiliency and Self-Care Patterns of Emily Program Practitioners (with Jian-Ming Hou), 

        Minneapolis, February, 2014

     

    Asking the Research Question in Qualitative Research, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis,

         October, 2013


    What is Human Resilience? Symposium, Dept. of Family Social Science, University of

         Minnesota, St. Paul, October, 2013

     

    Resiliency Development in the Relationship-Intense Professions, University of San Diego

         Division of Student Affairs, San Diego, August, 2013

     

    Responding to Student Tragedies, University of San Diego Counseling Center and Wellness

         Program, San Diego, August, 2013

     

    Resiliency Factors for the Helping Professions, University of Missouri, Columbia,

         April, 2013

     

    Paraprofessionals and the ‘Helper Therapy Principle,’ University of Missouri, Columbia,

         April, 2013

     

    The Resiliency Diamond of Professional Vitality, Personality Vitality, Professional Stress and

         Personal Stress and Counselor Effectiveness. Minnesota State University Counselors

         Conference, St. Paul, February, 2013

     

    Trilogy of Counselor Discouragement: Practitioner PTSD, Emotional and Cognitive

        Depletion, and Loss of Innocence. Wilder Foundation Asian Refugee Mental Health Program,

        December, 2012

     

    Resiliency Development of Counselors and Therapists, University of San Diego,

         October, 2012

     

    The Resilient Practitioner. Northwest Human Services Association Regional Conference.

         Anchorage, Alaska, June, 2011.

     

    Teachers' Professional Resiliency for Intense Engagement with Students.

         Woodbury High School, Teachers Conference. Woodbury MN, February, 2011