Reginald W Holt

Assistant Professor

Counselor Education & Family Therapy

Contact Information

Clarence Carroll Hall 233

Phone: 860-832-2138

Email: rwholt@ccsu.edu

Office Hours

Mon: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Tues: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Thur: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

or by appointment

  • Dr. Reginald W. Holt is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Program Coordinator within the Department of Counselor Education and Family Therapy at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). He completed a Ph.D. in counseling/counselor education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a M.A. in clinical psychology at East Tennessee State University, and a two-year post-graduate training program in advanced psychodynamic psychotherapy at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. He is licensed as a professional counselor in Connecticut (LPC), Illinois (LCPC), and Missouri (LPC) and credentialed as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). In addition, Dr. Holt is recognized by the Connecticut Certification Board, Inc. (CCB) as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC) and by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) as an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICAADC). He is a member of several national and state professional associations, which includes holding leadership positions as the 2019-2020 President of the Connecticut Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (CACES) and co-leading the development of a special interest group in addictions counseling for the Connecticut Counseling Association (CCA) that received a "Best Innovative Practice" award from the American Counseling Association (ACA) in 2018. His extensive clinical career includes work conducted in behavioral healthcare hospitals, the correctional system, a Fortune 500 managed care organization, as well as operating his own private practice. Prior to his appointment at Central Connecticut State University, he held academic positions at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Webster University. As a core faculty member in the Department of Counselor Education and Family Therapy, Dr. Holt oversees the addictions recovery specialization within the CACREP-accredited Clinical Professional Counseling program and provides graduate level instruction with a special emphasis on mindfulness-based strategies for mental health and addictions counseling, which coincides with his research interests and published works. Additionally, he serves as the lead coordinator of the Forum for Contemplative Practices housed within the Department of Counselor Education and is the primary faculty advisor for the Chi Alpha Mu Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the International Honor Society in Counseling. Dr. Holt is currently writing an edited textbook with Dr. Regina Moro (Boise State University) titled, Counseling Individuals with Co-Occurring Addictive and Mental Disorders: A Comprehensive Approach. This book, which will be published by Springer Publishing in New York, is designed to be a straightforward, yet thorough body of work that provides master’s and doctoral level graduate students, counselors-in-training, as well as clinical practice counselors a detailed review of the multiple considerations that should be recognized and adopted when working with people who are diagnosed with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders (CODs).

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D.  Counseling/Counselor Education
    •  University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
  • M.A.   Clinical Psychology
    •  East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
  • B.S.    Psychology
    •  East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

POST-GRADUATE TRAINING

  • Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program
    • St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, St. Louis, MO

CLINICAL LICENSURES/PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - State of Connecticut
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) - State of Illinois 
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - State of Missouri
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC) - National Board for Certified Counselors
  • Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) - National Board for Certified Counselors 
  • Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC) - Connecticut Certification Board, Inc.
  • Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICAADC) - International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium
  • Certified Title IX Hearing Officer & Decision Maker - Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
    • Assistant Professor & Counselor Education Clinical Coordinator
      • School of Education and Professional Studies/Department of Counselor Education and Family Therapy
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
    • Adjunct Assistant Professor
      • College of Education/Department of Counseling and Family Therapy
  • Webster University, St. Louis, MO
    • Adjunct Assistant Professor
      • College of Arts and Sciences/Department of Professional Counseling

GRADUATE COURSE TEACHING ACTIVITIES 

  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Mindfulness-Based Strategies in Mental Health and Addictions Counseling
  • Theories and Techniques in Counseling
  • Alcohol and Drug Counseling
  • Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counseling
  • Advanced Strategies in Addictions Counseling
  • Counseling Clients with Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Techniques of Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling Field Experience (Internship)
  • Group Procedures in Counseling
  • Individual Mental Testing 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
  • North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES)
  • International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC)
  • National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
  • Connecticut Counseling Association (CCA)
  • Connecticut Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (CACES): President Elect 2019-2020
  • Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Alumni, St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute
  • National Organization for Human Services (past member)
  • The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (past member)
  • Illinois Counseling Association-Lewis and Clark Chapter (past member and secretary)
  • Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology, East Tennessee State University (past member)
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Graduate Student Association of Psychology, East Tennessee State University (past position)
  • Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences-East Tennessee State University (past member)

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS & MANUSCRIPTS

  • Holt, R. W. & Moro, R. (textbook in progress). Counseling Individuals with Co-Occurring Addictive and Mental Disorders: A Comprehensive Approach. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

  • Holt, R. W. (revisions in progress). You Can Have Too Much Sex? What’s the Line Between Sexual Expression and Sexual Addiction? In A. Schubert & M. Pope (Eds.), Handbook for Human Sexuality Counseling: A Sex Positive Approach. Alexandra, VA: American Counseling Association.

  • Holt, R. W. (2021). Mindfulness: A vehicle to pass through substance use craving and navigate the addiction recovery course. In R. Miller & E. Beeson (Eds.), Neuroeducation: Practical translations of neuroscience in counseling and psychotherapy (pp. 125-131). San Diego, CA: Cognella.
  • Holt, R. W., & Pope, M. (2020). Experiences of male offenders in mindfulness-based program during community re-entry treatment. Manuscript submitted for publication.

  • Holt, R. W. (2020). Gone but not forgotten: Remembering those lost to addiction. CSI Exemplar, 35(2), 12-13.

  • Holt, R. W. (2019). Integrating Mindfulness Into Counseling: Foundational Information for Counselors-in-Training. The American Counseling Association’s Member Peer-Reviewed Weblog (December 2, 2019).
  • Morgan, M., & Holt, R. W. (2019). Augmenting trauma-informed counseling with mindfulness-based practices: Offering hope and building resilience. The Graduate Gazette: A Peer-Reviewed Publication of the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES).

  • Holt, R. W. (2019). Connecting with others: Countering social bias with a compassion-based practice. In M. Pope, M. Gonzalez, E. Cameron, & J. S. Pengelinan (Eds.), Social justice and advocacy in counseling: Experiential activities for teaching (pp. 342-346). New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

  • Holt, R. W. (2018). Mindfulness-informed personal abstinence challenge and group processing. In J. Jordan, B. Perkins, & R. Lee (Eds.), Handbook of experiential teaching in counselor education: A resource guide for counselor educators (pp. 231-235). Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing.
  • Holt, R. W., & Cottone, R. (2014). Mindfulness: An overview for human service professionals. Journal of Human Services, 34, 52-69.

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

  • Holt, R. W. (data collected). Teaching contemplative practices to counselors-in-training: Exploring the experiences of students enrolled in a mindfulness-based graduate course. New Protocol Submission approved by the Human Studies Council/Institutional Review Board at Central Connecticut State University (HSC# Su17020), New Britain, CT, July 2017.
  • Donohue, P., Griffith, C., & Holt, R. W. (2017). Measuring middle school student social and emotional learning competencies using the Protect Factors Index. Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT.
  • Holt, R. W. (2015). Investigating the utility of a mindfulness-based intervention with men on probation or parole (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO. Dissertation Committee: Mark Pope, Ed.D. (chair), R. Rocco Cottone, Ph.D., Susan Kashubeck-West, Ph.D., & Mary Lee, Ph.D.
  • Holt, R. W. (1997). Differences in lethality of suicide attempts and treatment compliance in psychiatric inpatients diagnosed with and without borderline personality disorder (Unpublished master’s thesis). East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.

CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES

  • Holt, R. W., & Weaver, J. L. (2020). Integrating Contemplative Practices into Counselor Education Programs: Implications for Educators and Students. A 60-minute education session scheduled to be presented at the American Counseling Association 2020 Conference and Expo, San Diego, CA. (postponed due to COVID-19)

  • Robino, A., Cokley, R., Weaver, J. L., Holt, R. W., & Backer., A. (2020). Graduate Students Can Lead, Too: Leadership and Advocacy Pathways for Graduate Students. A 60-minute education session scheduled to be presented at the American Counseling Association 2020 Conference and Expo, San Diego, CA. (postponed due to COVID-19)

  • Holt, R. W. (2019, May). Mitigating the risk of substance use through social and emotional learning. A workshop to be conducted at the Social Emotional Learning Conference entitled, “Exploring Social/Emotional Learning through the Lens of Connection and Healthy Relationships” sponsored by the CCSU Ana Grace Project, School of Education and Professional Studies, and the Center for Excellence in Social and Emotional Learning, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT.

  • Holt, R. W. (2019, May). Parallels between the core social and emotional learning competencies and mindfulness-based contemplative practices. A workshop to be conducted at the Social Emotional Learning Conference entitled, “Exploring Social/Emotional Learning through the Lens of Connection and Healthy Relationships” sponsored by the CCSU Ana Grace Project, School of Education and Professional Studies, and the Center for Excellence in Social and Emotional Learning, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT.

  • Holt, R. W. (2019, April). Teaching Contemplative Practices to Counselors-in-Training: A Review of Introducing Graduate Students to Mindfulness-Based Coursework and Self-Care Activities. A workshop to be conducted at the 5th Annual Faculty Advisory Committee to the Board of Regents Conference on Student Success and Shared Governance entitled, “The Future of Public Higher Education in Connecticut,” New Britain, CT.

  • Holt, R. W., Karlisle, K., & Heran, E. (2019, March). Addiction to social media and virtual interaction: An overview of an emerging phenomena. A poster presentation at the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC) Research Carousel: American Counseling Association (ACA) 2019 Conference and Expo, New Orleans, LA.

  • Holt, R. W., & Donohue, P. (2018, September). Pouring from a Full Vessel: Introducing Contemplative Practices as a Pathway to Student Self-Care. A 90-minute education session conducted at the biennial conference of the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES), Burlington, VT.

  • Holt, R. W. (2018, April). Mindfulness with male offenders in a community re-entry treatment program. A 30-minute poster presentation at the annual conference of the American Counseling Association, Atlanta, GA.
  • Holt, R. W. (2018, April). Challenging addiction-related stigma: What counselors can do to advance client care and improve recovery outcomes. A workshop conducted at the annual conference of the Connecticut Counseling Association, What’s Next for Counselors and our Clients, Southbury, CT.
  • Holt, R. W. (2018, March). Inviting Mara to tea: Changing our relationship with unpleasant experiences. A presentation conducted at The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT.
  • Holt, R. W. (2017, October). Mindfulness with male offenders in an outpatient substance abuse program: Results of research conducted in the wake of Ferguson. A one hour webinar conducted for the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC), a division of the American Counseling Association.
  • Charles, P., Gonzalez, C., Donohue, P., & Holt, R. (2017, June). Fostering measurable SEL competencies through the MindUP evidence-based curriculum. Presentation at the "Fostering Social and Emotional Learning in Connecticut Schools" conference sponsored by the School of Education and Professional Studies, Central Connecticut State UniversityNew Britain, CT.
  • Holt, R. W. (2017, May). Mindfulness with male offenders in a community re-entry treatment program. Presentation at the Connecticut Counseling Association's Annual Conference: Fostering Peace and Compassion through Counseling, Mystic, CT.
  • Donohue, P., & Holt, R. W.  (2016, October). Using MindUp curriculum to support student social and emotional competencies. Presentation at the 2nd Annual Mindfulness Conference: Focusing on the Health, Wellness, and Emotional Well-Being of Children, Youth, and Families, New Britain, CT.
  • Holt, R. W. (2011, March). Buddhist-based mindfulness interventions in western psychotherapy. Poster session presentation at the Southern Conference of the Illinois Counseling Association, Collinsville, IL.

REVIEWS & PEER COMMENTARY 

  • 2018 - Textbook Manuscript Reviewer: Zalaquett, C., Ivey, A., & Ivey, M. (1st ed.). Essential theories of counseling and psychotherapy: Everyday practice in our diverse world. San Diego, CA: Cognella.

  • 2018 - Psychoeducational Video Series Reviewer: Yalom, V. (Producer). (2018). The DSM-5 and Psychodiagnostic Interviewing [Online streaming]. Available from psychotherapy.net.
  • 2018 - Textbook Manuscript Reviewer: Luke, C. (2nd ed.). Neuroscience for counselors and therapists: Integrating the sciences of mind and brain. San Diego, CA: Cognella.
  • 2017 - Textbook Chapter Reviewer: Psychoanalytic Approaches. Flannagan, J. & Sommers-Flannagan, R. Counseling and psychotherapy theories in context and practice: Skills, strategies, and techniques (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • 2017 - Manuscript Editor: Reyland, W. (2017). Sons of Isan: Taking refuge in a Thai temple (2nd ed.). Richmond Heights, MO: Tabla Press. ISBN-13: 978-1945905049.
  • 2014 - Reviewer: Journal of Substance Use
  • 2012 - Reviewer: Journal of Substance Use

SELECTED SERVICE TO CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

  • Committee member, Grade Appeals Committee
  • Hearing officer, Student Conduct Hearing Board
  • Committee member, Termination Hearing Committee
  • Council member, Presidential Advisory Council on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
  • Lead Coordinator, Forum for Contemplative Practices
  • Faculty Senator (alternate member), Faculty Senate
  • Committee member, School of Education and Professional Studies Center for Social & Emotional Learning
  • Chapter Faculty Advisor, Central Counseling Society
  • Chapter Faculty Advisor, Chi Alpha Mu Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, International Honor Society of Professional Counseling
  • Committee member (past), Campus of Compassion Presidential Committee

SELECTED SERVICE TO COUNSELING PROFESSION

  • 2020 - 2021: Past-President, Connecticut Assocation for Counselor Educations and Supervision (CACES) - A division of the Connecticut Counseling Assocation.
  • 2019 - 2020: President, Connecticut Assocation for Counselor Educations and Supervision (CACES) - A division of the Connecticut Counseling Assocation.
  • 2019 - 2022: Committee Member, ACA Graduate Student Committee, American Counseling Association.
  • 2020 - present: Committee Member, ACA Mentorship Program Committee (under the leadership of Dr. Sue Pressman, 2020-2021 ACA President), American Counseling Association.
  • 2019 - present: Committee Member, ACA Graduate Student Conference Sub-committee, American Counseling Association.
  • 2019 - Conference Proposal Reviewer: National conference of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), October 2019, Seattle, WA.
  • 2017-2018: Co-organizer and leader, Special Interest Group for Addictions Counseling - Connecticut Counseling Association.
  • 2017 - Advisory Committee Member and Conference Proposal Reviewer: The third annual 2017 Mindfulness Conference hosted by the Conference Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) and Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), Mindfulness: Grassroots to Integration Pre-K to Higher Education, December 2017, New Britain, CT.

  • 2017 - Conference Proposal Reviewer: National conference of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Forging the Future of Professional Counseling, October 2017, Chicago, IL.

SELECTED AWARDS

  • 2018 - American Counseling Association Branch Award (North Atlantic Region) for Best Innovative Practice, Connecticut Counseling Association Special Interest Group for Addictions Counseling, Atlanta, GA.
  • 2017, 2018, 2019 - Excellence in Teaching Honor Roll, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT