Dr. Charette earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in sexuality and gender studies from Penn State 2015. He earned a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2017 and a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision in 2021 from Duquesne University. Dr. Charette’s dissertation explored the lived experiences of queer counselors self-concealing their identity in the workplace. He has a diverse clinical background having worked with multiple populations across different levels of care (e.g., inpatient, residential, assertive community treatment (ACT), outpatient co-occurring treatment, private practice). Dr. Charette’s clinical approach is rooted in Person-Centered counseling, and he draws from Feminist theory, Relational-Cultural theory, Narrative therapy, and existential approaches.
Dr. Charette’s research interests broadly focus on the lived experiences of queer and gender expansive (QGE) people. More specifically, he is interested in the constructs of self-concealment, self-disclosure, uncertainty, and emotional labor among QGE counselors, supervisors, and counselor educators. Dr. Charette is also interested queer identity development and management across the lifespan as well as sexual health as a fundamental component of mental health. Within counselor education, Dr. Charette is interested in the integration of materials (e.g., texts, media, art, other modalities) from related and other disciplines into counseling curriculum. Related to supervision, he is interested in exploring the role of shared identity among supervisors and supervisees as well as mentors and mentees.
Outside of La Salle, Dr. Charette maintains a private practice where he primarily works with QGE clients and survivors of trauma. He enjoys caring for a menagerie of houseplants and spending time with his very active dog, Lyla.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Queer & Gender Expansive (QGE) lived experience and identity-based trauma, self-concealment, self-disclosure
Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, Duquesne University, 2021
M.S.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Duquesne University, 2017
B.S. in Psychology, Penn State, 2015
PCC502 Counseling Laboratory
PCMF/SWK 619 Multicultural Counseling
Viehl, C., Ginicola, M.M., Ellis, A., & Charette, R.J. (2022) Understanding and responding to affectional and transgender prejudice and victimization. In L.L Levers (Ed.) Trauma counseling: Theories and interventions for managing trauma, stress, crisis, and disaster (2nd ed., pp. 283-301). Springer.
Schwartz, K., Blalock, S., Kairys, L., & Charette, R. J., (2022, Apr). A Counseling Approach to Shape and Weight Concerns in the Queer and Gender-Expansive Community. Education Session presented at the 10th Annual Chi Sigma Iota Pennsylvania Statewide Conference, Villanova, PA.
Kairys, L., Blalock, S., Schwartz, K., & Charette, R. J., (2022, Apr). Understanding and Incorporating Religion and Spirituality in Counseling the LGBTQ+ Community. Education Session presented at the 10th Annual Chi Sigma Iota Pennsylvania Statewide Conference, Villanova, PA.
Charette, R. J. & Simpson, S. (2022, Mar). Clinical Supervision: Building the Working Alliance. Webinar presented for the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Special Committee on Supervision webinar series.
Charette, R.J., Connell, A. L., Dalton, S., Datti P., Gruber R., Petitto D., & Loeffler, D. (2021, Nov). Putting it into Practice: Complexities in Caring for LGBTQ+ Clients, Families, and Systems. Pre-conference institute presented at the Pennsylvania Counseling Association Conference, King of Prussia, PA.
Charette R.J. & Loeffler D. (2021, Nov). Beyond the Basics: A Practical Application of LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy. Education session presented at the Pennsylvania Counseling Association Conference, King of Prussia, PA.
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.
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.
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.
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE)
Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ)
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)
Chi Sigma Iota (CSI)
Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA)
Pennsylvania Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (PS-SAIGE)
Pennsylvania Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (PACES)
Pennsylvania Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (PAMCD)
Greater Philadelphia Area Counseling Association (GPACA)