Academics didn’t come easily to Rick Halstead. “I struggled as a student, especially in reading comprehension and language arts,” he recalled. This is not something anyone would guess from the dynamic professor with multiple publications, but it may account for his ability to reach students and break new ground in the counseling profession.
Halstead understands the struggles college students encounter. In his previous position at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, he wrote, “The 16 Principles, a Guide to Getting Better Grades in College.” The guide teaches students to treat college like a professional job, and helps them develop skills for success in academia and beyond.
Within the Counseling profession he wrote, Assessment of Client Core Issues, which established a diagnostic framework for counselors looking for the underlying cause of a client’s disorder. “The American Psychiatric Association sets the standards for diagnosis through the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). This attends only to sets of symptoms and doesn’t focus on the underlying causes,” Halstead said. His core issues approach was the first such model developed for counseling practitioners designed to complement the DSM.
Halstead recently collaborated with two counselors on Counseling Children: A Core Issues Approach. “This book applies the therapeutic model created in the first book to the assessment and treatment of children,” he said. He is developing a new idea tied to a course he will teach on human motivation and change: “That’s the thing I love best about my job: being able to take an idea I’m drawn to, pursue a deeper understanding through research, and then share my learning with students and others through my writing. How lucky am I?”
Ph.D., Syracuse University
M.S., State University of New York at Oneonta
B.S., State University of New York at Oneonta