MA, MS, MSW, PhD-c, LCSW
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/ Psychotherapist, presently completing his Ph.D. studies, Michael’s course of study has focused on addiction, sexuality, trauma, the transmission of transgenerational trauma, and how to most effectively provide clients with culturally competent, person-centered, and trauma-informed (PCTI) care. As an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist, he is also trained in ACT, Logotherapy and Narrative Therapy. EMDR is a form of psychotherapy in which the client is asked to recall and process, through a series of bilateral sensory input, and with the guidance of a therapist, distressing images from the past. Many clients, wrestling with substance use, have greatly benefited from this evidence-based treatment. In order to remain current with the latest developments in process group therapy, Michael remains an active member of the IASWG (International Association of Social Workers in Groups). Michael has provided individual, family, and group therapy at various recovery facilities, and recently, was invited to join the Psychology Department’s Advisory Board at Keiser University. Formerly, at Alpert Jewish Family and Children Service (AJFCS) in West Palm Beach, Florida, Michael developed an award-winning program to assist aging parents in the life planning for their severely disabled adult children. He is also a self-taught, award-winning filmmaker, co-creator of the I-witness Holocaust Field School, and has served as an adjunct lecturer at the New School University, the University of Victoria, and Barry University. Michael has been invited to present papers based on his research at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, Israel, the Pacific School of Religion located in Berkeley, CA the 2018 NASW Social Work Conference – Florida Chapter in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and at the International Holocaust and Genocide Studies Conference at Middle Tennessee State University, in Murfreesboro, TN.