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Becoming a Therapist
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Preface ix Acknowledgments xi 1 Opening Up Your Life to the Excitement of the Therapy and Counseling Professions 1 2 Novice Advantages 21 3 The Curse of Ambiguity and Other Ills and What to Do About Them 33 4 Who Am I Becoming? The Unfolding Practitioner Self 67 5 Developing Habits of Culturally Competent Practice 79 Michael Goh, Thomas M. Skovholt, Ava Yang, and Michael Starkey 6 Issues, Concerns, and Tips as Antidotes to Novice Stress 101 7 Becoming a Resilient Practitioner 115 8 The Cycle of Caring 149 Thomas M. Skovholt and Michelle Trotter-Mathisen 9 The Practitioner's Learning Triangle: Practice, Research/Theory, and Personal Life 167 Thomas M. Skovholt and Michael Starkey 10 The Path Toward Mastery: Phases and Themes of Development 181 Thomas M. Skovholt and Michael H. Ronnestad 11 Practitioner Mastery and Expertise 203 Thomas M. Skovholt, Mark Vaughan, and Len Jennings 12 Vertical and Horizontal Nurturance for the Novice: Clinical Supervisors and Many Other Peers 243 Thomas M. Skovholt and Yoonhee Sung 13 Worlds Apart: The Academic Research Culture and the Therapy Practice Culture and the Search for Common Space 259 14 Epilogue: Promise and Meaning of the Work 285 Index 293

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THOMAS M. SKOVHOLT, PhD, ABPP, is a professor in the counselor training program at the University of Minnesota and a licensed psychologist. He teaches the practicum course for MA and doctoral students and the supervision practicum course for doctoral students. His research and writing is on practitioner development and includes practitioner resiliency, developmental phases, master therapists, and struggles of the beginner. He is board certified by ABPP, a Fellow of APA, and a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Minnesota. His international experiences include a Fulbright year in Turkey and teaching in Singapore.

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Praise for Becoming a Therapist ?Becoming a Therapist is the perfect book to begin the journey toward becoming an effective therapist. Dr. Thomas Skovholt has created a book that is easy to read BUT very hard to put down. The perfect book for the beginning counseling student.? ?Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD Distinguished Professor Governors State University "This resource is filled with practical and personal advice, relevant stories and examples, and reads more like help from a friend than a typical textbook." ?Roberta L. Nutt, PhD, ABPP Visiting Professor & Training Director Counseling Psychology Program University of Houston "Ah, now this is the book I wish had been available when I entered the field. Tom Skovholt has defined the initial experiences and followed the process through to the culmination of the therapeutic experience in a truly great book; Becoming a Therapist is a major contribution to our field." ?Arthur (Andy) M. Horne Dean and Distinguished Research Professor President-Elect, Society of Counseling Psychology College of Education The University of Georgia "Becoming a Therapist's informal style is accessible and engaging and yet soundly grounded in evidence and in the wisdom Skovholt has developed through his career-long research on psychotherapists and their development." ?Rodney K. Goodyear, PhD Professor, School of Education, University of Redlands Emeritus Professor of Education (Counseling Psychology), University of Southern California

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