Michelle Louise Bicking
Throughout 20 years in the fields of human services and clinical social work, Michelle has worked on behalf of diverse populations from all walks of life. These include inner-city elementary school students, recently adjudicated juvenile and adult offenders, and underserved ethnic minorities, including Southeast Asian and Mexican migrants. As a counselor, she specializes in addressing self-harm, depression, anxiety, and complex grief.
Prior to joining the Newport Academy team, Michelle was a mental health counselor at the Northeast Center for Youth and Families in Easthampton, Massachusetts. In addition, she worked with adolescents and adults as a clinician for the Hartford Dispensary’s outpatient programs in Willimantic, Connecticut. Moreover, Michelle was the executive director of the Multicultural Leadership Institute in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Furthermore, she was the founder and executive director of the Self-Injury Awareness Network, providing outreach, advocacy, and education around self-inflicted violence.
Newport Academy…in her own words
“Learning from and growing with my Newport Academy peers remains one of my most gratifying experiences.”–Michelle Louise Bicking
- Master’s in Social Work, with an emphasis in gerontology, from Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts
- Master’s in Public Administration, with a concentration in nonprofit management and international studies, from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey–Camden
- Certified in the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model
- QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention
- Former Justice of the Peace for the town of Tolland, Connecticut
- Usui Reiki Level 1 Practitioner
- Undergraduate degree from Denison University, Granville, Ohio