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Rick Gressard

Charles Gressard

Professor and Interim Chair of School Counseling

Email: gressardc@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2305
Office: Peterson 405


Education: BA, Wittenberg University, 1969; MEd Kent State University, 1970; PhD, University of Iowa, 1979. At SPU since 2021.

Rick Gressard is a Chancellor Professor Emeritus of Counselor Education at the College of William & Mary and the current Interim Department Chair at Seattle Pacific University. He has over 45 years of experience as a counselor and as a counselor educator. Before returning to graduate school for his Ph.D. at the University or Iowa, Dr. Gressard worked as an addiction counselor for five years after receiving his master’s degree from Kent State University. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Gressard taught for seven years in the counseling program at the University of Virginia and for five years he was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the UVA School of Medicine. In 1993, Dr. Gressard joined the Counselor Education faculty at William and Mary where he developed and coordinated the Master’s in Addiction Counseling program for twenty-eight years.

Dr. Gressard’s clinical experience is extensive. After receiving his master’s degree, he was an addiction counselor trainee at the Harvard Medical School for a year and worked for two years as an outreach addiction counselor in Massachusetts. After completing his doctoral studies, Dr. Gressard provided counseling and was director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Personal and Career Development. At the UVA School of Medicine, he served as counseling director of the UVA Addiction Sciences Center’s outpatient clinic for five years before joining the faculty at William & Mary where he developed the New Leaf training clinic. Dr. Gressard is an NBCC Board Certified Counselor, an NBCC Board Certified Master Addiction Counselor, and is a Licensed as a Professional Counselor, a Marriage and Family Counselor, and a Substance Abuse Treatment Professional in Virginia.

Dr. Gressard has been recognized as a state and national leader in the counseling profession, having served as Chair of the Virginia Board of Counseling, Chair of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), Vice-Chair of the Council on Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Interim President/CEO of CACREP (2017-2018), Chair of the Virginia Department of Health Professions' Impaired Professionals Committee, and most recently as chair of CACREP’s International Registry for Counselor Education Programs (IRCEP). His contributions to the counseling profession have been widely recognized. In 2007, he received the Virginia Summer Institute for Addiction Studies' Visionary Leadership Award; in 2008, he received Chi Sigma Iota’s Thomas J. Sweeney National Professional Leadership Award; in 2009, along with the CACREP staff and the other members of the Standards Revision Committee, he received the ACES Robert O. Stripling Award for Excellence in Standards. In 2016, he received the SACES Locke-Paisley Outstanding Mentor Award and was further recognized by being named a Fellow of the American Counseling Association (ACA). This year he culminated his career by receiving ACES’ Legacy Award for his lasting contributions to counselor education.

Dr. Gressard has contributed to the international development of the counseling profession through his work with IRCEP, teaching graduate ethics courses in Romania and St. Lucia, and by presenting at conferences for NBCC and IRCEP in Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Jamaica, St. Thomas, Cuba, Ireland, England, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey, Romania, Swaziland, Malawi, Bahrain, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.


​Selected publications

  • Tuazon, V. E., & Gressard, C. F. (2021). Developmental impact of early parental death:  Sustaining posttraumatic growth throughout the lifespan. Journal of Death and Dying. ).  0 (0), 1-22.  DOI: 10.1177/00302228211024466.
  • Dorais, S., Gutierrez, D. & Gressard. C. F. (2020) An evaluation of motivational interviewing based treatment in a university addiction counseling training clinic. Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, 11(1), 19-30. DOI: 10.1080/21501378.2019.1704175.
  • Tuazon, V. E., Travis, S. P., Honderich, E. M., Williams, A. E., Menefee, S. E., & Gressard, C. F. (2019). Drunkorexia: an exploratory investigation of college students with alcohol-related infractions.  Journal of College Counseling. 22 (1), 13-26.
  • Russett, J. & Gressard, C. F. (2015).  An innovative approach to college student drinking: On track: Teaching responsible alcohol choices and knowledge. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education. 59(1), 7-15.
  • 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. 
  • 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.

Please see Dr. Gressard’s CV (PDF) for more information and publications.