Huelshoff, Thomas


Born in 1953

1972 – 1978           Study of Medicine at the University of Cologne,

1979                     MD.

1979 – 1980            Physician in the pediatric clinic Solingen.

1980 – 1982            Research assistant at the University of Cologne, Faculty of Education

1982 – 1986            Physician in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Children’s Hospital Wuppertal.

1984 – 1986            Training as a systemic family therapist (Weinheim).

Since 1986,             Professor of Social Medicine at the Catholic University of Applied Sciences NRW, Department Muenster, Department of Social Work

1992/93                  Training in anthropology

Since 1999              practice-based research projects, mainly in Clinical Social Work

Since 2007              member of the editorial board of the journal ‘Participation’, Marburg/Germany

Author of 4 textbooks and editor of several textbooks


Research Interests
Clinical social work; experiences of illness and disease management in socio-cultural contexts; cross-cultural competence in systemic family work and family therapy; inclusion of people with disabilities; bio-psycho-social basics of emotions and emotional disorders


Research Area(s)
Europe (Germany)



Monographs and Edited Volumes

2012. ‘Emotion. An introduction for counseling, therapeutic, educational and social professions’. 4th, revised. Munich/Basel: UTB / Reinhardt.

2011. ‘Basic medical knowledge for Social Work’. Munich/Basel: UTB / Reinhardt.

2010. ‘Medical basics of incusive education’. 2 revised edition. Munich/Basel: UTB / Reinhardt.

2008. ‘The brain. Functions and loss of function. An introduction for care, social, educational and health professionals’. Third, completely revised and enlarged edition. Bern u.a.: Huber.

2007. (Redmann, V.; Goldbach, M. Fliess, B.; Huelshoff,Th.) ‘Living with Diabetes. A Guide for Diabetics with intellectual disabilities and their relatives’. Freiburg: Lambertus.

2006. (Dohr, M., Huelshoff, Th. Et. Al. (Eds.)) ‘Disease as a challenge. Practical projects in Clinical Social Work’. Aachen: Shaker.

2004. (ed.) ‘New experiences. Educational and recreational activities for people with disabilities’. Freiburg: Lambertus.

Chapters in Edited Books

2013. ‘Biological basics of psychiatry’. In: Trost, A. and W. Schwarzer (eds.): Psychiatry and Psychotherapy for psycho-social and educational professions. pp. 39-70. Dortmund: Borgmann.

2012. ‘When people with intellectual disabilities develop worse health in old age. A new challenge for special education?’ In: Domagala-Zysk et al. (ed.): Social and educational support in life-long human development. pp. 181-98. Lublin: Wydawnitctwo KUL.

2011. ‘Neglect, child abuse and sexual abuse’. In: W. Schwarzer (ed.): Textbook of Social Medicine, Social Work, Social and Special Education. pp. 85-120. Dortmund: Borgmann.

2007. ‘On the importance of barrier reductions for living in a community’. In: Gerhardt, A.; Klaes, H.; Mayer Czysch, V.; Schüller, P. and Th. Hulshoff: Located in life. Ways to reduce barriers for people with hearing impairments, visual impairments and intellectual disabilities in the community. Aachen.

2006. ‘Emotion’. In: H. Greving (ed.): Compendium of special education. Troisdorf.

2005. ‘Mental and physical barriers in everyday life of people with mobilit-related disabilities’. In: Marshall, D.; Meckmann, A.; Piepenbreier, N. and M. Schulte: New Ways. Ways to reduce barriers for people with mobility disabilities in the community transmission. pp. 7-13. Herzogenrath: Shaker.