Alexey Skukin, PhD

Alexey Skukin, PhD

Clinical Psychology (MCP)


Emeritus – Clinical Psychology (MCP)

Benedictine’s Master of Clinical Psychology program was established at George Williams College of Downers Grove in 1967 under the leadership of Alexey Shukin, Ph.D. When George Williams closed its doors in 1985, Shukin brought the program, faculty and 90 percent of its students to Benedictine.

Shukin, a Clarendon Hills resident, trained under noted theorist Carl Rogers, Ph.D., at the University of Chicago, and grounded the Clinical Psychology program in a mode of treatment Rogers developed called “client centered counseling.” The program continues to embrace those tenets today.

Ninety-five percent of Benedictine students who take the National Counselor’s Examination pass it on their first attempts, and supervisors rated Benedictine students as excelling in empathy well beyond the skills of interns from other schools, a testament to Shukin’s contributions.

“Shukin’s vision and commitment to train students to have respect and empathy for clients reflect Benedictine values,” Don Taylor said.

Dr. Shukin passed away on November 22, 2016.