Charles  Gressard

Chancellor Professor

Office: 3050
Phone: (757) 221-2352
Email: [[cfgres]]
Areas of Expertise: Addiction Counseling, Transpersonal Counseling, Counselor Ethics, Counselor Education, Counselor Education Accreditation, Counselor Licensure and Certification


Dr. Rick Gressard is a Chancellor Professor in the Counselor Education Program at William & Mary and was coordinator of the addictions emphasis for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialty. His clinical and research interests include addiction counseling and prevention, counseling ethics, and transpersonal counseling. He has also been active in the area of credentialing, having served as chair of the Virginia Board of Counseling, chair of the National Board of Certified Counselors, and vice-chair of CACREP. In addition, he was the Interim President/CEO of CACREP from July 2017 to June 2018. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, Dr. Gressard taught for seven years in the counseling program at the University of Virginia and for five years in Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at the UVA School of Medicine. In 1993, Dr. Gressard came to William & Mary where he has coordinated the addiction counseling emphasis for twenty-three years and where he developed and has directed the New Leaf Clinic.


Ph.D. in Counselor Education, Univeristy of Iowa
M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling, Kent State University
B.A. in Psychology, Wittenberg University

Activities and Honors

ACA Presidential Citation, 2018

Interim CACREP President/CEO, 2017-2018

Named ACA Fellow, 2017

Locke-Paisley Outstanding Mentor Award, Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 2016

Faculty Coordinator for the First Place Doctoral Level Ethics Team, American Counseling Association Ethics Competition, 2014

Chair, International Registry for Counselor Education Programs, 2013-2017

Secretary and Executive Committee, Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, 2013-2016

Vice-Chair, Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), 2012-2013

President, William & Mary Faculty Assembly, 2012-2013

Outstanding Program Award, International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors (IAAOC), 2011

Robert O. Stripling Award for Excellence in Standards, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 2009

Faculty Coordinator for the First Place Master's Level Ethics Team, American Counseling Association Ethics Competition, 2009

Thomas J. Sweeney National Professional Leadership Award, Chi Sigma Iota, 2008

Visionary Leadership Award, Virginia Summer Institute for Addictions Studies, 2007

Alumni of the Year, Iowa Rehabilitation Counseling Program, 2004

Chair, National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), 2002-2003

Chair, Virginia Department of Health Professions Intervention Program Committee, 1997-1999

Chair, Virginia Board of Counseling, 1995

Selected Publications

Williams, A. E., Honderich, E. M., and Gressard, C. F. (2018). The New Leaf experience: college student substance abuse treatment and addiction counselor training clinic. Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling Annual Review.

Lawson, G., Lambert, S. F., & Gressard, C.F. (2011). Reframing recovery: developmental considerations for maintaining change. Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling. 32 (1-2), 72-83

Dotson-Blake, K., Foster, V. A., and Gressard, C. F. (2009). Ending the silence of the Mexican immigrant voice in public education: creating culturally inclusive family-school-community partnerships. Professional School Counseling, 12 (3), 230-249.

Powell, D. J., Carruth, B, Gressard, C. F., Harrison, B., Hartman, S., Mattel, P (Consensus Panel Members) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 52. DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 09-4435. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2009.