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Research Spotlight: Elliott Woehler

Q & A with Elliott Woehler, Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

What basic questions does your research seek to answer?

How can we train counselors to be able to engage in deeper therapeutic relationships?

How can we incorporate an attachment and relational framework into addictions counseling education?

What makes your work interesting?

My work focuses on an overlooked aspect of the teaching and training of counselors, and particularly addictions counselors, including personal development and relational aptitudes. I have worked with a team of students highly interested in the relational aspects of counseling to design training protocols that are personal, engaging, and draw out student experiences. For me, observing a student’s reflection on his or her way of being with others is engaging. To be able to observe patterns about how students process what they learn about themselves in relation to clinical practice is the essence of being a clinically focused counselor educator.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently awaiting revisions for three manuscripts discussing training in relational factors, and the therapeutic relationship in addictions counseling. I am also working on a multimethods project looking at relational depth training of students in clinical training.