Michael Juarez received his Master’s degree in clinical psychology at California Lutheran University (CLU). He is a PsyD doctoral candidate at CLU. His dissertation was measuring the efficacy of evidenced-based interventions on clients in the criminal justice system and their effects on recidivism. During his time at CLU he specialized in intimate partner violence and substance abuse. Michael has received many scholarships and awards in his psychology studies, including the Outstanding Achievement Certificate of Excellence Award, Psychology Department Distinguished Student Award, second place in the California State University Student Research Competition at Cal State San Jose, and his research in FLOW was honored by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus.
Michael is currently the Executive Director of Alternative Action Programs in Ventura County where he has implemented evidenced-based interventions for treating court-mandated supervision clients with substance addiction, criminogenic history, and trauma. Michael also does substance abuse assessments for the Ventura County Family Courts and Ventura County Child Protective Services.
Since 2012, Michael has worked in practicum at the California Lutheran University Counseling Center, the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita, and New Beginnings Counseling Center in Santa Barbara where he focused on treating clients with trauma, intimate partner violence, and substance abuse. He holds a certification in addiction treatment.
Michael is a lifetime resident of Ventura County where is remains involved in bringing awareness to the community with the Clothesline Project at Ventura College. He also is an active Disaster Action Team Specialist and first responder with the American Red Cross.