Rand Michael, DMin, LMFT*
Associate Professor & Program Director for Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling
I love bicycling (which I taught myself to do on my 5th birthday…and been enjoying the freedom ever since!), hiking, exercising, photography, reading-pondering-journaling, learning-growing-becoming, the Whole-ness of Truth, speaking, teaching, counseling, mentoring, and writing…I love Quest-ioning and creating...I love my wife, my daughters and their husbands, my GRAND-kids. I am a TDK (truck driver's kid) who "kept on trucking" and found himself as a minister-professor-counselor-then-counselor-educator-as-well-as-international-clinical-services-provider-and-trainer. I am first, foremost and throughout a follower of Jesus Who beckons us towards healing-and-wholeness and Who is Present-with us all-ways. I love fostering-and-equipping persons toward their potential. I enjoy teaching at a university that is supportive of the counselor educators also practicing what they teach—I have a private counseling practice that focuses on couples. I seek to counsel, teach and train all persons in all settings in a culturally-sensitive, respectful way.
Academic Background & Professional Memberships
I hold a DMin degree in integrative studies which combined clinical, theological, and prevention services. I did clinical training and post-doctoral studies in marriage and family therapy as well as cross cultural understandings and clinical supervision. I am a:
- Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Hawaii)
- Professional Member of the American Counseling Association
- Member of the Association for Spiritual, Religious and Ethical Values in Counseling
- Member of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
- Member of the International Association for Marriage and Family Counseling
Selected Research Bibliography
What do you teach?
I first of all think of that question in terms of "Whom do I teach? And my answer is: I teach people!..whom I consider to be co-learners with me in the journey of becoming…then…in addition…
…I serve as Director for the Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy Program and teach the following courses as part of my regular teaching rotation:
- Introduction to Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy
- Couple Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Spirituality and Clinical Praxis
Among the electives I teach when my schedule allows:
- Case Studies in Couple Therapy
- Providing Clinical Services in International Settings
- Effective Communication in Close Relationships
I see myself as a facilitator of learning-growing-becoming, providing a variety of experiences for the learners to move toward ever greater competency and effectiveness.
AwardsHuman Rights Award, 2008
An award given by the Oregon Counseling Association to those who have manifested an exemplary level of commitment to human rights and the advancement of human dignity in the counseling profession.
Professional Achievement Award, 2009
An award given to an alumnus of Northwest Nazarene University whose distinguished record of achievement has brought honor and recognition to the University. The 2009 award was given to Rand Michael for his extensive work in providing clinical services and training in underserved areas around the world. Michael founded TELOS international, inc. which focuses on mental health and relational well-being from an informed Christian perspective and has as its mission the providing of culturally sensitive, holistic mental health services dedicated to encouraging, empowering and equipping underserved people and communities by offering training, counseling and related mental-health resources. Michael and TELOS engage Christian mental health professionals, forming them into teams and linking them with local leaders around the world.
What advice would you offer a student considering becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist?
Marriage-and-family therapy is a perspective from which a therapist operates which equips the counselor to work with individuals, couples and families from a relational systems as well as a strength-and-hope orientation. Being trained in such a manner is actually the more comprehensive and in-depth route to becoming a mental health professional (MHP). I intentionally designed the George Fox University marriage and family therapy program so a graduate of it can qualify for both the LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) credentials in Oregon. Your expertise as a relationally trained MHP equips you to serve in many arenas and to provide an array of services, including counseling, teaching, consulting, and training (I know this from my own experience). Be open to taking the journey wherever it may lead…embracing the inevitable challenges and difficulties as continuing educational experiences. And be a lifelong learner.
Where is your favorite place that you’ve traveled? Why?
I love each place I travel (so far, over 25 world locations) because of the privilege of being with the people, sensing their hope and eagerness even amidst the most humble of settings and dire of situations. I find people around the world eager to learn, grow, and become. I see they have purpose-and-meaning and want to be of service to others…to make the world a better place. Of course, if I had a choice for where I would base and from which to venture for in international clinical service it would be the Alps of Europe…but my second choice is where I actually base—Portland, Oregon and George Fox University. (Will you please let the Provost know I am ready to open a satellite site for the University in the Alps for training therapists and providing service??? In the meantime, I will continue to savor the privilege of living-and-teaching right here in beautiful Western Oregon.).