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JOSEPH CHARETTE, MSED, LPC, NCC 
Department of Counseling 
Assistant Professor


Joe Charette, MSEd, NCC, LPC, worked for several years in community mental health in the Pittsburgh area before relocating to Philadelphia to join the counseling faculty at PCOM. Professor Charette has previously worked with graduate counseling students, teaching classes such as multicultural issues and strategies in counseling, addictions counseling and therapeutic techniques in counseling. He currently serves as an assistant professor in the PCOM School of Professional and Applied Psychology where he teaches and advises mental health counseling students.

In addition to his work at PCOM, Prof. Charette works in private counseling practice with members of the queer and trans communities as well as trauma survivors. He also provides consultation to community agencies and schools about affirmative and celebratory practices for working with queer and trans clients.

Prof. Charette is completing his PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. In addition to his academic work, he has clinical experience working in inpatient, residential, and mobile mental health services working with individuals with serious and persistent mental illness as well as outpatient co-occurring substance use and mental health counseling.

Prof. Charette has demonstrated a commitment to professional development having given presentations at the local, state, national and international levels as well as developing training about celebratory practices for working with LGBTQ+ clients. Prof. Charette serves on the board of the PA Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex and Gender Expansive Identities in Counseling (PS-SAIGE) and holds memberships in several other professional counseling organizations. Prof. Charette's professional presentations have focused on counseling LGBTQ+ clients, integrating physical health care into behavioral health treatment for underserved population, and supervision of counselors with marginalized identities. Prof. Charette is writing a dissertation on identity management among queer identified counselors.

Education

  • PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, CACREP accredited (ABD, In Progress)
  • MSEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, CACREP accredited (August 2017)
  • BS Psychology with a certificate in Sexuality and Gender Studies, Penn State, University Park, PA (May 2015)

Courses

  • Practicum and Internship Supervision
  • Lifespan Development
  • Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling

Research

Prof. Charette's scholarly interests include LGBTQ+ identity management, intersectionality of identity development, identity matching in counseling supervision, infusion of multidisciplinary literature into counselor education as well as sexual health, prevention and wellness across the lifespan.

Publications

Loeffler D. & Charette R.J. (2020, Nov). Are There Substance Free Safe Spaces? Supporting LGBTQ+ Clients in Recovery. Education session presented for the CalU Addictions Webinar Series: Innovations in Prevention, Virtual Livestream.

Charette R.J., Connell A. L., Dalton, S., Datti P., Gruber R., Petitto D., & Loeffler D. (2020, Oct). Supporting LGBTQ+ Counselors in Personal and Professional development, and Self Care
in Supervision. Pre-conference institute presented at the Pennsylvania Counseling Association Conference, Virtual Livestream.

Datti P., Charette R.J., Connell A. L., Dalton, S., Petitto D., & Loeffler D. (2020, Oct). Building Virtual Community: Supporting LGBTQ+ Folks Through Tele-Health. Discussion panel presented at the Pennsylvania Counseling Association Conference, Virtual Livestream.

Loeffler D. & Charette R.J. (2020, Oct). Queer Networking: Helping Clients Connect to Virtual Supports During the Pandemic. Education session presented at the Pennsylvania Counseling Association Conference, Virtual Asynchronous Presentation.

Loeffler D., & Charette R.J. (2020, Feb). LGTBQ+ Counselor Wellness: Navigating the Intersections of Personal and Professional Identities. Education session presented at the Greater Philadelphia Counseling Association (GPACA) Trauma Symposium, East Falls, PA.

Charette R.J., & Loeffler D. (2019, Nov). Keeping Yourself Well: LGBTQ+ Counselor Self-Concealment of Identity. Poster presented at the Pennsylvania Counseling Association Conference, State College, PA.

Charette R.J., Connell A. L., Datti P., Gruber R., & Petitto D. (2019, Nov). Being LGBTQ+ in Today’s Social and Political Climate: Advancements, Challenges, and Counseling Implications. Pre-conference institute presented at the Pennsylvania Counseling Association Conference, State College, PA.

Nice M.L., & Charette R.J. (2019, May). Show me the way: Promoting Wellness in Organizational Leadership. Poster presented at the American Counseling Association annual conference Chi Sigma Iota Days, New Orleans, LA.

Zeleke, W., & Charette R.J. (2018, May). Standards and practices of assessing response to intervention for children with autism in Ethiopia. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Autism Research, Rotterdam, NED.

Memberships

  • American Counseling Association, 2015 - present
  • Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex and Gender Expansive Identities in Counseling, 2016 - present
  • Pennsylvania Counseling Association, 2015 - present
  • PA Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex and Gender Expansive Identities, 2015 - present
  • Pennsylvania Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 2017 - present
  • Chi Sigma Iota, 2016 - present
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