Charlie Bernacchio is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education in Rehabilitation Counseling. He earned his bachelor's degree from Boston University, a master's degree from Boston College, and an Ed.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Maine. He first taught in the Counselor Education Program in 1992 as a joint faculty appointment with the Muskie School, coordinating the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician (MHRT-C) state certificate. In 1997 Dr. Bernacchio began as clinical placement coordinator while continuing to instruct in the rehabilitation counseling concentration. Along with Dr. Steve Murphy, he secured RSA funded grants to implement graduate studies in rehabilitation counseling over distance education. "Dr. Charlie" spent six years at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill to direct its graduate Rehabilitation Counseling & Psychology program acquiring a federal grant in 2009 to create its psychiatric rehabilitation specialization. In 2008, he also has served as a member of the USPRA National Task Fordce Recovery Based Training for Practitioners and Mental Health Services Providers project, funded by SAMHSA. From 2011-2013, Dr. Charlie served as co-chair of the Psychiatric Disabilities Council for the National Council on Rehabilitation Education.
Dr. Charlie teaches classes using distance education technologies at USM and also taught online courses at UNC. He primarily teaches Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling & Services, Principles of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Counseling Practicum and Internship. He instructs all distance supervision seminars for Counselor Education and is conversant with using Skype in conjunction with distance education classes. He has written several journal articles and book reviews particularly on psychiatric rehabilitation (PSR), best practices with psychiatric disabilities and specialized counseling curriculum, as well as conducted many national conference presentations. Dr. Charlie currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling. He also serves on the Students' Learning Experiences Committee in the College of Management & Human Service. Dr. Charlie now serves on the Southern Maine Diversion and Re-Entry Council, a corrections and mental health partnership. His interests include PSR counseling curriculum and practice, supported employment, aging with disabilities, and people with co-occurring disorders in corrections.
Dr. Charlie has interests that include biking, gardening, cooking and reading, as well as meditation and fitness in keeping a balance in life. He enjoys spending time with friends, family and their two cats, especially when his daughter comes to visit from Texas.