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Thomas Receives Prestigious Fellowship

Professor of Counseling and Counselor Education Dr. Frank Thomas received a prestigious Erskine Fellowship and will teach at the University of Canterbury (UC) on New Zealand’s South Island.

“This exciting fellowship is a testament to Dr. Thomas’ international recognition as a scholar in counseling,” College of Education Dean Mary M. Patton said.

Thomas will take a sabbatical in spring 2018 to be a faculty member in the UC Master of Counseling degree program, the only one of its kind in New Zealand. He will teach courses with an emphasis on solution-focused counseling in the School of Health Sciences within the College of Education, Health and Human Development. Thomas said he is honored by the fellowship and has already learned a great deal about the importance of the indigenous Maori culture in the country.

“Nearly all positions, titles, and colleges are named in English and Maori,” Thomas said. “The college name in Maori is Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora, and my title will be Ahorangi, or Professor.”

While in the country, Thomas will travel to the country’s North Island to deliver a keynote address at the Aotearoa New Zealand Solution Practice Conference on March 16 in Hamilton.

Thomas is recognized internationally for his contributions to the fields of solution-focused brief therapy, psychotherapy supervision, couple and family therapy, and counselor education. He received the Steve de Shazer Memorial Research Award from the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association (SFBTA) for his significant contribution to the field of counseling. Academia has recognized him as a top author, and he has published six books and more than 90 articles and book chapters. He serves on five professional journal editorial boards, has presented at more than 230 workshops in 15 countries, and was nominated for the 2017 TCU Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar by the College of Education.