In August, Rod Goodyear will be honored with the American Psychological Association’s 2015 Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology Award during a ceremony in Toronto.
Goodyear, whose primary area of scholarship has been counselor training and supervision, was “surprised and delighted” by the news. “This award is a recognition for my contributions to psychology training through both my scholarship and my involvement in various professional roles,” he said. “I suppose it could be characterized as an ‘old guy/gal’ award in that it recognizes career-long contributions and so is not something I would have gotten earlier in my career. It does feel good to know that this work has been noticed.”
Goodyear said that his career can be credited to what Stanford’s John Krumboltz calls “planned happenstance.” “That is, opportunities I had that I had not planned for, but which seemed at the time to fit where I wanted to be going, have all had a cumulative effect in shaping what has become my career,” he said. “I was fortunate, for example, that in my graduate program, two of my professors were independently writing about counselor supervision, which still was a fairly new topic, and that was the initial spark for what has been a career-long interest in counseling/psychology supervision and training.” He was later able to put together a video series that led to Janine Bernard asking him to join her in writing a book, “Fundamentals of Clinical Supervision,” now in its fifth edition and likely the most-used book of its kind internationally, and to collaborate with Korean scholars that he connected with during his time as a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer at Yonsei University in the spring of 2012. “It is to some extent about serendipity but also about being prepared to act on those fortuitous moments when they occur,” Goodyear said. “I have been quite fortunate.”