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Oct. 28, 2004

Addictions Counseling Expert To Receive Education Alumni Award

Next week the University of Iowa College of Education's Rehabilitation Counseling Program will give its Alumni of the Year Award to an expert in the field of addictions counseling and counselor education.

The recipient, Charles F. Gressard, is an associate professor in the counseling program at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. He has 26 years experience in the field of addictions counseling and addictions counselor education. The Rehabilitation Counseling Program will present Gressard with its award in Iowa City on Nov. 5, when Gressard will also present a colloquium titled "Counseling in the New Millenium: An International Perspective."

Before returning to the UI in 1978 for his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling, Gressard worked as a substance abuse counselor for five years after receiving his master's degree from Kent State University. His work during this time included a one-year National Institute of Mental Health traineeship at Harvard and the Washingtonian Center for Addictions in Boston.

After receiving his Ph.D., Gressard taught for one year in the Rehabilitation Counseling program at the State University of New York-Buffalo and for seven years in the counseling program at the University of Virginia. For five years he was an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Virginia and was the Counseling Director of the Addiction Sciences Center.

After teaching one year in the counseling program at James Madison University, Gressard accepted a position at William and Mary. In addition to his counseling, teaching and research experience, Gressard has served on the Virginia Board of Professional Counselors, the American Counseling Association Ethics Committee, the National Board for Certified Counselors' (NBCC) Addictions Academy and on the Virginia Department of Health Professions' Impaired Professionals Program Committee.

Most recently, Gressard served as a board member and chair of NBCC. In 1998 he received the Virginia Counselors Association's William Van Hoose Career Service Award and in 2001 he received the Virginia School Counselors Association Post-Secondary Counselor of the Year award.

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