The Department of Counselor Education in Fairfield's Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP) offers two Advanced Training Certificates:
This 18-credit, 6-course program is based on the 14 competencies identified by the Association of Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association. GSEAP's counseling accreditation entity, the Council on Accrediting Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), has encouraged programs to infuse and integrate these competencies into the curriculum. In addition, GSEAP students have shown a strong interest in learning more about how spirituality and religion comes into play for their clients.
The 6 required courses are:
Tracey Robert, Ph.D., LPC, NCCC, is an associate professor in counselor education at Fairfield and director of clinical training. She has maintained a private practice focusing on adults and transition and clinical supervision for more than 20 years. She is past-president of the Association of Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC). After developing an institute for integrating spirituality into research and curriculum, Dr. Robert designed and developed the certificate in integrating spirituality and religion into counseling as an outcome of her research and publications in the field on spirituality and work, wellness, spiritual interventions and coping with change. Her presentations and publications on the topic include: Spirituality and Professional Collegiality in Higher Education; Integration of Spirituality Into Career Counseling for Adults: A Multicultural Issue; a podcast series for use by counselor educators and practitioners entitled Spirituality in Counseling, and the relationship between spiritual well-being and job satisfaction among adult workers. Dr. Robert holds a doctorate from Mississippi State University, a master's from Fairfield University and a bachelor's degree from Dunbarton College.