Congratulations to Shannon Hodges, associate professor and director of clinical training in the Department of Applied Psychology at Antioch University New England, on his newfound success as a multi-genre author. In fall 2010, Shannon simultaneously published two new books — one an in-depth guidebook to practica and internships for counseling students; the other his first mystery novel.
The Counseling Practicum and Internship Manual: A Resource for Graduate Counseling Students (Springer Publishing Company) is a comprehensive handbook on every aspect of the practicum/internship experience. Shannon, who has nearly two decades of experience in counseling and clinical training, provides students with a thorough orientation and detailed guidelines to successfully navigate the many intricacies of field placement. Topics include how to choose and apply for a practicum/internship, how to perform successfully on the job, how to handle complex legal and ethical issues and how to set appropriate boundaries with clients and colleagues.
Applied psychology plays a pivotal role in Shannon’s novel, City of Shadows (Athena Press), which, coincidentally, was published just weeks after his academic work. He wrote the mystery over three years, and finished it in 2009, just prior to joining the AUNE faculty. According to Shannon, although psychologists and psychiatrists have been featured as main characters in other novels, his is the first to incorporate a counselor as a protagonist.
Besides being entertaining, the novel examines the various nuances of power and privilege and offers insights into the competitive world of academe. It is currently available at Amazon.com, and at Ingrams and Barnes and Noble bookstores.
Shannon is a prolific writer, having previously published many journal articles, book chapters and essays in various professional venues. Those include the Journal of Counseling & Development, the Journal of College Counseling, the Journal for Specialists in Group Work, Counseling Today and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He has also published newspaper articles and poetry.
Currently, he is writing another academic book, and he recently submitted several articles to professional journals for publication. Additionally, he is working on a series of fictional short stories and a sequel to his mystery novel, which he anticipates completing in spring 2012.
While continuing to teach, he looks forward to publishing future books.
“For a long time, I wanted to write books, but no one seemed interested in me writing them,” he said. “Now that they are, I’m doing what I want to do. Envisioning what you want helps to get you what you want, but the reality is that it may involve a whole lot of work… I plan to write a book every year.”