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

Tues: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Wed: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Thur: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

or by appointment

  • Dr. Reginald W. Holt 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 and was asked by the Connecticut Counseling Association to co-lead the development of a special interest group in addictions counseling, which received a "Best Innovative Practice" award from the American Counseling Association 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 at CCSU, Dr. Holt oversees the addictions recovery specialization within the Clinical Professional Counseling program. He also provides graduate level instruction with a special emphasis on mindfulness-based strategies for mental health and addictions counseling, which coincides with his research interests.

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

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
    • Assistant Professor
      • 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
  • 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)

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

  • Holt, R. W. (Research in progress). 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. (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.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Holt, R. W. (in press). Mindfulness: A vehicle to pass through substance use craving and navigate the addiction recovery course. In R. Miller & E. Beeson (Eds.), The neuroeducation toolbox: Collaborative approaches to infusing neuroscience principles in counseling and psychotherapy. San Diego, CA: Cognella.

    • This textbook is designed to be a resource for mental health professionals interested in sharing neuroscience concepts with clients. 
  • Holt, R. W. (in press). 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. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
    • This textbook provides a thorough and up to date grounding in social justice and advocacy for counseling students and faculty. Chapters address issues of discrimination and oppression and their effect on individuals and cultural groups through a variety of activities and handouts related to each of the eight CACREP core standards. The book’s final section focuses on activities and handouts related to counseling specialties, including school, career, and addictions counseling. 
  • 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. Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing.
    • This textbook is a collection of classroom activities designed to promote experiential interactions in counselor training courses, and to assist faculty and instructors with selecting effective and creative teaching strategies.
  • Holt, R. W., & Pope, M. (2018). Teaching mindfulness to substance abusing male offenders enrolled in a community re-entry treatment program in the aftermath of Ferguson. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Holt, R. W., & Cottone, R. (2014). Mindfulness: An overview for human service professionals. Journal of Human Services, 34, 52-69.

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

  • Hearing officer, Student Conduct Hearing Board
  • Committee member, Termination Hearing Committee
  • Council member, Presidential Advisory Council on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
  • Committee member, Campus of Compassion Presidential Committee
  • Steering committee member (past), School of Education and Professional Studies Center for Social & Emotional Learning
  • Chapter faculty advisor, Central Counseling Society
  • Chapter faculty co-advisor, Chi Alpha Mu Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, International Honor Society of Professional Counseling

SELECTED SERVICE TO COUNSELING PROFESSION

  • 2019-2020: President Elect, Connecticut Assocation for Counselor Educations and Supervision (CACES) - A division of the Connecticut Counseling Assocation
  • 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.
  • 2018 & 2019 - Excellence in Teaching Honor Roll, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT