Dr. Charles F. "Rick" Gressard recently spoke at the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg's weekly luncheon. He is a Chancellor Professor in the Counseling Program at the College of William & Mary, as well as the department chairman of the School of Psychology, a counselor in the Education Department and coordinator of the Addictions Counseling specialty. He has 40 years of experience as an addictions counselor and as an addictions counselor educator.
Before returning to school for his Ph.D. at the University or Iowa, Dr. Gressard worked as a substance abuse 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. For five years he was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the UVA School of Medicine.
In 1993, Dr. Gressard came to William & Mary where he has coordinated the master's in Addiction Counseling program for 23 years and where he created the New Leaf Addiction Clinic. He has served as chairman of the Virginia Board of Counseling, the National Board for Certified Counselors, and the Virginia Department of Health Professions' Impaired Professionals Committee.
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