Michael Conner, PsyD
965 NE Wiest Way, Suite 2
Bend, OR 97701
Fax (541) 323-2000
24hr Phone (541) 388-5660
Accepting new clients Yes
Office Settings Private Practice (solo)
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Rather than go to college, my daughter decided to first go to the wonderful and hardest parts of Africa to work with children, visit small tribes, work in animal sanctuaries, and provide medical assistance to families with aides.
Writing the first book on Crisis Intervention with Adolescents: A guide for parents and professionals.
The second psychologist in the country to complete a residency and fellowship working in a hospital ER and primary medical care.
Becoming a founder, field instructor, therapist & clinical director of two outdoor wilderness therapy programs.
Becoming a guest on the Montel Williams show and being invited to be on Ophra to talk about Outdoor Intervention Programs.
The first recipient of the Oregon Psychological Association public education award.
My work with law enforcement in the streets, and then creating and publishing the first article in the country on Attach Risk and Communication Tactics to manage and diffuse angry, aggressive and suicidal people.
Working with law enforcement and students to identify 5 students during a 10 year period that suffered from serious mental illness and were actively intent on targeted and indiscriminate school homicide.
Creating the first online screening and video feedback system in the United States to help students identify peers who were suicidal and potentially violent peers.
Dr. Conner is a psychologist who has real world experience and a broad background. As a youth he worked on a farm, and later as a scuba diver, a logger and a fire fighter. He completed his bachelor of science in Forestry and Engineering at Oregon State in 1980. His experience working in the outdoors with youth and adults who were at-risk inspired him to pursue a career in counseling and psychology. After working in the Pacific Northwest for the U.S Forest Service he returned to Oregon State completing a master of science in counseling and guidance in 1985. Continuing his education, Dr. Conner completed a doctor of psychology program at Pacific University in 1989.
From 1989 to 1997, Dr. Conner worked at Kaiser Permanente as a psychologist in primary medical care, regional hospitals and emergency departments, health education, and three mental health clinics. Dr. Conner completed his residency and a post-doctoral Fellowship in clinical psychology at the Kaiser graduate medical education program in 1995. He obtained his license in 1995 to practice psychology in Oregon.
Dr. Conner then joined Mentor Professional Corporation in 1996 - a private group mental health practice in Portland, Oregon. During the next three years he worked as a psychologist with patients and consulting with law enforcement and the airlines industry. An active outdoorsman, Dr. Conner moved to Bend Oregon in 1999 becoming the clinical director for Sagewalk, an intervention program for youth.
At his private practice in Bend, since 2002, Dr. Conner provides clinical counseling, therapy and diagnostic services to individual adults, couples, parents and adolescents. Developing a national reputation, his diagnostic and youth intervention practice draws parents of youth at-risk from throughout the United States.
In 2003, Dr. Conner began research nationally on youth at risk; creating new online behavioral screening and information gathering technologies. Since 1995 Dr. Conner has trained over 2000 mental health professionals on topics ranging from professional ethics to crisis intervention. In 2006, he published the first and only comprehensive crisis intervention reference for parents who have youth at-risk. In 2006, Dr. Conner was invited to the Republic of China to provide training to Asian mental health professionals and counselors. He was subsequently selected in 2007 to co-direct and design Healing Journey; a residential intervention program for youth in China.
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Applied positive psychology
Strength & Virtues in action
Protective factors for mental health
The mind of children & adolescents
Public speaking & education
Psychological & behavioral evaluation
Post Doctoral Fellowship at Kaiser Permanente in clinical psychology in the graduate medical education program.
This therapist offers a discount for payment at the time of service when there is no requirement for billing or other financial paperwork.
I charge a standard fee. I have 5 appointments per week that I provide for existing patients who cannot afford my standard fee and are suffering a hardship.
Highest Degree Earned: Psy.D
Discipline: Clinical Psychology
Bachelors in Forestry and Engineering at Oregon State University, 1980;
Masters in Counseling and Guidance at Oregon State University,1984;
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology at Pacific University, 1989;
Graduate Medical Education Fellowship in Clinical Psychology, Kaiser Permanente.
16 years of experience in health education, crisis intervention, evaluation, psychotherapy, emergency room, inpatient medical and psychiatric care and police psychology.