Dr. Michael McGowan



MEMBERSHIPS

Dr. McGowan is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA); the (IATP) the International Association of Trauma Specialists; EMDRIA, the International Association of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) specialists; and the Arizona Psychological Association.

TRAINING

Dr. McGowan attended the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Chicago, where he earned both a doctorate and masters degree in Clinical Psychology.  The Illinois School at Argosy University is accredited by The American Psychological Association which is the highest level of accreditation achievable and is not granted to all psychology schools.

Dr. McGowan did his internship at Illinois' oldest APA approved internship site, Chicago Read Mental Health Center. Here he conducted psychotherapy, psychological and neuropsychological testing on hospitalized patients.  He completed 2 years of post-doctorate residence training; spending one year with SouthWest Behavioral Health where he counseled adolescents and children and families. 

He spent his second year with the Arizona Department of Corrections where he performed over 6,000 psychological evaluations on inmates and carried a psychotherapy caseload of 50 inmates being treated for severe mental illness.

Additionally, Dr. McGowan has worked in private clinics in Chicago, and on the inpatient addiction and mental illness floor at Hines VA hospital in Chicago.

He has also consulted with a medicare affiliated agency where he performed over 350 psychological evaluations of clients who are receiving medicare disability payments. All of these clients had severe physical disabilities.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Dr. McGowan keeps up with the most current practices in psychological treatment and research through classes and attendance at seminars. 

        He has had additional training in: 
  • The effects of stress on the brain and diseases of the body.
  • Child abuse and it's lifetime effects on the person. DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) a special treatment for borderline personality disorder, the use of psychotropic medications for children and adolescents.
  • Living with pain: treatment options. Neuropsychological testing. 
  • Domestic violence. 
  • Protecting the aging brain: focus on nutrition and mind/body health.
  • Elimination of suicidal thinking in patients with depression and patients with borderline personality disorder.
  • How to use EMDR in children.
  • Psychological ethics. 
  • The psychological effects of childhood sexual abuse on both female and male children, adolescents and adults.
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