Bio

Michael Conner, Psy.D
Psychologist & Engineer
Clinical, Medical and Family Practice

Dr. Conner is an internationally recognized expert in psychology having experience in clinical, family and medical psychology. He has expert experience in crisis intervention, emergency psychiatric services, dangerous behavior, residential treatment and outdoor behavioral health. He provides professional training in ethics, crisis intervention, dangerousness, parenting and a variety of mental health topics.

Dr. Conner has worked in hospital, residential, primary medical care and health education settings. At one point in his career, he worked simultaneously in law enforcement, community crisis intervention and emergency room psychiatry. These unique experiences allow Dr. Conner to understand the needs of adults, parents, families, adolescents, professionals and organizations facing the most challenging problems. He currently maintains a private practice working primarily with adults and families and provides consultation and training for law enforcement and major airlines in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Conner also consults with parents and mental health professionals nationally. He was recently invited by the Republic of China to provide training to mental health professionals who work with youth at  risk.

In 1989, Dr. Conner began pioneering research in the use of computers in personality assessment and training. This included the development and operation of computer-based test interpretation and the associated ethical issues. He later developed a computer-based mental health screening tool for primary medical care. This system accurately evaluated and recommended medications based on the thought processes of psychiatrists. Other projects included Internet-based screening questionnaires for adolescents who were at risk. In 1999, Dr. Conner began researching and developing an extensive database on boarding schools, wilderness and adventure programs for youth and young adults. He has promoted emotional growth boarding schools and wilderness therapy treatment and is actively involved in helping the public to understand the difference between emotional growth, therapeutic, residential, adventure and wilderness therapy programs and boot camps. This research has allowed Dr. Conner to appreciate professional and consumer needs for intervention, program safety and the importance of follow-up programs as well as the importance of recognizing market trends.

In 2006 Dr. Conner published his first book "Crisis Intervention with Adolescents: A Guide for Parents and Professionals." This book is the first comprehensive resource written for parents who are dealing with children in crisis who may have behavioral, mental health or substance abuse problems. This combined book and internet software system is a ground breaking approach to mental health. Together, they can support parents who do not have quick access to qualified consultation, education, referral and intervention services. Parents are encouraged to screen their child using StepOne for Parents and use the results with this book. This book can also be used without using this online screening application. Dr. Conner's current interest is in developing applications in positive psychology that will support parents, families and children who have behavioral, emotional and other psychological problems. This approach will be implemented on the internet using StepOne for Parents as a delivery platform (www.InCrisis.Org).

Media, Speaking and Training Experience...

  • 2007 Public Education Service Award by the Oregon Psychological Association

  • Editor for the American Psychological Association Family Psychologist

  • Public speaker on parenting, youth at-risk, positive psychology and crisis intervention

  • Three time guest expert on the Nationally Syndicated Montel Williams Show

  • Guest expert on over 20 national and local radio talk shows

  • Monthly guest for one year on a local Oregon cable talk show

  • Provided 16 certified trainings to nearly 1500 mental health professionals

  • Quoted 3 times in the New York Times

  • Quoted 2 times in the LA Times

  • Quoted in Money Magazine

  • Quotes in Cosmopolitan Magazine

  • Quoted in the Oregonian 3 times