Michael Scott, LMFT

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Michael Scottis a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a child custody mediator. He has been a therapist since 1982 and maintains a private practice in Santa Cruz, CA. Since 1985, Michael has served as a child custody mediator for The County of Santa Cruz Superior Court. He is an educator offering workshops both nationally and internationally on marriage, divorce, parenting, education, personal and professional development, conflict resolution, and the developmental needs of children.

                                                  333 Church St., Suite B * Santa Cruz, CA 95060 * (831)423-0521


 

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

       - LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST, Santa Cruz, CA
         1985-present.
           Therapist. Private practice working with families, couples, groups, and individuals. Presentations dealing with issues
                 of codependency, abuse, addiction, divorce, developmental needs of children, job burn-out, single parenting,
                 shared parenting, and sacred couple relationships.
           Child Custody Mediator. Child custody dispute resolution.
           Co-Parent Counselor. Communication skills for divorced couples.
           Collaborative Law Child Specialist.Working with divorcing couples regarding the needs of their child(ren).
           Special Master/Parent Coordinator, Superior Court, Santa Cruz, CA.Working with divorcing couples regarding the needs of their child(ren).

       - CONSULTANT/WRITER, Santa Cruz, CA
         1989-present.
                 Developed modules and wrote trainers' manual for Santa Clara County, CA
                 Substance Prevention Department, County Mental Health, dealing
                 with middle and junior high school cross-curriculum application of Lions-Quest, "Skills for Adolescence."

       - QUEST INTERNATIONAL, Baltimore, MD
         1988-2002.
           Senior Trainer. Workshop facilitation for educators, parents, and community leaders.
           Trainer of Trainers. Evaluation and assessment of national and affiliate trainers for the Lions-Quest programs.

       - DEL MAR MIDDLE SCHOOL, Santa Cruz, CA
         1985-1987.
           School Counselor. Crisis intervention, referrals to appropriate agencies, administrative responsibilities,
                 and presentations to faculty, parents, and community.

       - FAMILY MEDIATION SERVICE, Santa Cruz, CA
         1984-1999.
           Child Custody Mediator. Child custody dispute resolution for Superior Court, County of Santa Cruz, CA.
           Divorce Education Workshop Facilitator. Presentations dealing with the impact of divorce on both children and
                 adults, to all parents in Santa Cruz who are divorcing.

       - YOUTH AND FAMILY COUNSELING SERVICES, Santa Cruz, CA
         1983-1985.
         1984-1985. Counselor II. Counseling adolescence and their families. Crisis and long term intervention.
         1983-1984. Intern Counselor.

       - POPPER-KEIZER: ADVANCED SCHOOL FOR GIFTED CHILDREN, Santa Cruz, CA
         1978-1984.
           Counselor and Educator. Developed reading curriculum for first through fourth grades. Developed, administered,
                 and taught Physical Education curriculum for first through eight grades. Responsible for Pupil Personnel Services.
                 Administered and interpreted WISC-R. for research purposes. Developed Health Science curriculum for grades
                 six through eight.
           Educator. Self-contained classroom grades one through four.
           History. Grades three through eight.
           Physical Education. Grades one through eight.
           Counselor. Grades kindergarten through eight.
           Health Science Grades six through eight.

       - SAN QUENTIN PRISON, San Rafael, CA
         1975.
           Yoga Instructor and Facilitator. Working with inmates in maximum security.

       - BOARD OF EDUCATION, New York, NY
         1968.
           Attendance Counselor and Caseworker, Bureau of Attendance. Worked with chronic truants and their families.

       - OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, Brooklyn, NY
         1968.
           Director/Administrator. Responsible for the summer anti-poverty program in the Bushwick
                 section of Brooklyn, NY.

EDUCATION:

       - SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
         1978-1982
           Graduate Work/Degree....Counselor Education/MA
                                                   Pupil Personnel Service/PPS
                                                   Required courses for MFT

       - LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY
         1964-1968
           Major/Degree............Physical Education/BS
           Minor.........................Biology

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS:

           - Marriage and Family Therapist. #MFC21082.
           - Pupil Personnel Service Credential. Clear.
           - Community College Counseling Credential. Life.
           - Single Subjects Teaching Credential (Physical Education). Clear.
           - Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. Life.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS:

       - SANTA CRUZ CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION COUNCIL
         1993-1998.
         1995-1997 - Chairperson
         1994-1995 - Vice Chairperson

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

           - California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
           - Association of Family Court Conciliators
           - Academy of Professional Family Mediators (Founding Member – Advanced Mediator)

 


 

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