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

Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology , Saybrook University
Allegany, New York, United States

Research field: Psychology - Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Developing sensitivity to religious issues in counseling; Religious and cultural identity formation; Spirituality & Mental Health; Humanistic & Existential Psychologies; Journal writing and the therapeutic process

Awards and Grants

  •  May 2013 
    Graduated Magna Cum Laude (With High Honors)
  •  Jan 2011 
    St. Bonaventure University Graduate Dean's Scholarship
  •  Jul 2010 
    The Francis E. Kelley Oxford Memorial Scholarship, St. Bonaventure University
  •  May 2009 
    Adirondack Community College Student Senator of the Year Award

Biographical Information

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 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.


Professional Experience

2013 - Present
Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at Saybrook University
San Francisco, California, United States
2011 - Present
Upstate Region Chair at American Counseling Association of New York
Albany, New York, United States
2011 - Present
Assessment Intern at St. Bonaventure University/ Center for Community Engagement
Saint Bonaventure, New York, United States
2010 - Present
Coordinator at The Warming House
Olean, New York, United States
Sep 2011 - Dec 2012
Teaching Assistant at St. Bonaventure University
Saint Bonaventure, New York, United States
Classes taught:
University 101: Skills for the Good Journey

May 2013 - May 2013
Saybrook University in San Francisco, California, United States
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
Jan 2011 - May 2013
St. Bonaventure University in Saint Bonaventure, New York, United States
Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.), Counselor Education, Community Mental Health
Jul 2010 - Aug 2010
Trinity College, University of Oxford in Oxford, United Kingdom
Summer Study Abroad with the St. Bonaventure University Francis E. Kelley Oxford Program
Sep 2009 - Dec 2010
St. Bonaventure University in Saint Bonaventure, New York, United States
Bachelor of Arts, Theology
Sep 2007 - Aug 2009
Adirondack Community College in Queensbury, New York, United States
Associate of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Consulting Services

Center for Community Engagement, St. Bonaventure University

Contact Information

Address: P.O. Box 368, Allegany, 14778, United States
Phone: 585-403-1165
Google Talk: garganomichael
Skype: garganomichael
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