Rev. Fred Smoot, PhD, director of Emory Clergy Care, was recently honored by the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) during its annual National Children's Forum.
Rev. Smoot was recognized for his leadership in the adaptation of the "Core Competencies for Clergy and Other Pastoral Ministers in Addressing Alcohol and Drug Dependence and its Impact on Family Members" to clinical pastoral education. He was also cited for developing training modules for the infusion of the knowledge and skills delineated in the competencies into CPE education nationally through the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.
He has been a certified supervisor in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education for the past 20 years, and is a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Additionally, he is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as a certified chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains.
Currently, Rev. Smoot has been developing Emory Clergy Care, a resource for ministers and ministry, which is a joint collaboration between Emory University and Emory Healthcare. He is developing contextual education programs for clergy who face difficult circumstances and who are committed to professional excellence in pastoral leadership.
The National Association for Children of Alcoholics, located in Rockville, MD, is a national membership and affiliate organization whose mission is to advocate for all children and families affected by alcoholism and other drug dependencies.