Michael J. Gargano M.S.ED., Community Mental Health, Counselor Educat

Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology

Saybrook University

Location
Allegany, New York, United States
Discipline
Psychology
Interests
Developing sensitivity to religious issues in counseling; Religious and cultural identity formation; Spirituality & Mental Health; Humanistic & Existential Psychologies; Journal writing and the therapeutic process
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About

Michael J. Gargano is a first generation Italian-American, native New Yorker, blogger, educator, and mental health counselor with an interdisciplinary perspective that brings creative solutions to complex and real-time issues.

Michael is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Saybrook University, a world-renowned institution in the humanistic, existential, & transpersonal approaches to clinical practice & scholarship located in San Francisco, CA. He earned a master’s degree, magna cum laude, in community mental health counseling & a bachelors degree in theology from St. Bonaventure University, studied abroad for six-weeks at Trinity College at University of Oxford in England, and earned an associate's degree in liberal arts from Adirondack Community College (now SUNY Adirondack) where he served as Student Trustee on the College's Board of Trustees and Student Senate.

Michael is conversant in the theories and application of grant seeking, administration, and writing as well as providing counseling services and organizing community engagement programs or service initiatives. He currently serves as Graduate Student Chair and Upstate Region Chair for the American Counseling Association of New York, a not-for-profit grassroots organization that represents professional counselors and counseling students, of all specialty areas, who live or work in New York State.

His most interesting project is the 2013 launch of will2meaning.com a Wordpress blog that provides readers and contributors a springboard to discuss social and interdisciplinary issues from a humanistic perspective.

Michael’s research and professional interests include spirituality and counseling, mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and developing interdisciplinary approaches to counseling & psychology.
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Professional experience

Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology

Saybrook University

May 2013 - Present

Upstate Region Chair

American Counseling Association of New York

October 2011 - Present

Assessment Intern

St. Bonaventure University/ Center for Community Engagement

January 2011 - Present

Coordinator

The Warming House

September 2010 - Present

Teaching Assistant

St. Bonaventure University

September 2011 - December 2012 (1 year 3 months)

Education history

Saybrook University

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

May 2013 - May 2013

St. Bonaventure University

Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.), Counselor Education, Community Mental Health

January 2011 - May 2013 (2 years 4 months)

St. Bonaventure University

Bachelor of Arts, Theology

September 2009 - December 2010 (1 year 3 months)

Trinity College, University of Oxford

Summer Study Abroad with the St. Bonaventure University Francis E. Kelley Oxford Program

July 2010 - August 2010 (1 month)

Adirondack Community College

Associate of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

September 2007 - August 2009 (1 year 11 months)