Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Research Paper

Degree Name



Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Michael Karson, Ph.D., J.D., A.B.P.P.

Second Committee Member

Brieanne K. Kohrt, Ph.D.

Third Committee Member

Jennifer Paz, M.Ed., Psy.D.


Therapist education, Skill sets, Running, Skill development

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This paper seeks to identify lessons that can be taken from the sport of running to serve as a map for learning skills needed to become a better therapist. The practice of running mirrors the practice of learning therapy skills. This paper takes the lens of how to practice to become a better runner and applies it as a new approach to skill development for therapists. Additionally, this paper incorporates self-reflection and disclosure as I myself identify as a female runner and therapist. I will use personal examples to highlight the ways that lessons from running have served as a map for learning therapeutic skills.


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