Michael G. Conner, Psy.D.

Clinical, Medical and Family Psychology

Bend Psychological Services and Education Options
965 NE Wiest Way, No. 2
Bend, Oregon

Office: (541) 388-5660

Mentor Research Institute
Non-Profit Research and Consumer Protection Information
818 N.W. 17th Avenue
Portland, Oregon



Oregon State University

Forestry and Engineering



Oregon State University

Counseling and Guidance



Pacific University

Clinical Psychology



Kaiser Permanente

Graduate Medical Education


 Summary of Experience

  • Clinical, medical and family psychology
  • Routine, urgent, and emergency services
  • Adult, family and adolescent counseling and psychology
  • Treatment of Addictions
  • Crisis intervention and traumatic incidents
  • Evaluation, risk management and interventions for abusive, destructive, dangerous, violent, self- harming and suicidal behavior
  • Residential and outdoor intervention/treatment programs and schools
  • Police psychology and training
  • Patient care and benefit coordination
  • Quality assurance and utilization
  • Health education

Affiliations / Credentials

  • Psychologist, State of Oregon (#1197)
  • American Psychological Association (APA) 
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Division 43 - Family Psychology
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Division 42 - Independent Practice
  • Oregon Psychological Association (OPA)
  • Mentor Research Institute - Volunteer Board Member
  • American Academy of Experts on Traumatic Stress (AAETS)
    • Board Certified in Emergency Crisis Response
    • Board Certified in School Crisis Response
  • American Mental Health Alliance - Oregon
  • Engineer-In-Training. State Of Oregon, 1982.


  • Public Education and Service Award. Oregon Psychological Association, 2007

  • Award for Professional and Public Service, American Mental Health Alliance, 2001


2008 to Current - Clinical Editor for The Society for Family Psychology (Division 43) of the American Psychological Association.

Editor and author of articles on events, advancements and the horizon of practice in Family Psychology.

2007 to 2009 - Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Oregon.

Sworn "officer" of the court. Provide oversight, advocacy and recommendations to the Family Court for children who are victims of abuse or neglect. Authority to file motions, call and examine witnesses. Access and review all records as necessary to advocate for children. Mediate between parties to support and protect children's physical and psychological well-being.

2003 to 2009 - Program Director and Instructor for with Outdoor Therapy Institute (OTI).

Develop program curriculum and course materials for continuing education training for mental health professional interested in developing and expanding their practice in adventure, wilderness and outdoor therapy interventions. OTI is a program sponsored by Mentor Research Institute (MRI).

1999 to Current - Clinical Director and Psychologist for Bend Psychological Services and Education Options.

Provides counseling, psychotherapy, evaluation and crisis intervention services for adults, families and youth. Provides referral information and recommendations to parents for therapeutic boarding schools, inpatient, residential and outdoor behavioral health programs for youth.

1996 to Current - Director of Planning and Program Development. Mentor Research Institute.

Board member  of a non-profit research and training institute. "The Use of the Internet to Support Mental Health Services." Designer and producer of web sites which provide public information, resources, referral and research regarding Counseling, Psychotherapy, Evaluation, Referral and Consumer Protection.

1995 to 1999 - Psychologist at Mentor Professional Corporation, private practice group, Portland, OR.

Provided counseling, psychotherapy, evaluation and crisis intervention services for adults, families and youth.

1999 to 2000 - Clinical Director and Therapist,  Obsidian Trails. Bend ,OR.

Outdoor and indoor residential intervention program. Provide therapy and counseling to students and families. Supervised and approved admissions. Consultation, supervision, clinical training and debriefing to line and administrative staff.

1998 to 1999 - Clinical Director and Therapist,  SageWalk the Outdoor School. Bend ,OR.

Outdoor residential intervention program. Provide therapy and counseling to students and families. Supervised and approved admissions. Consultation, supervision, clinical training and debriefing to line and administrative staff.

1998 to present. Critical Incident Response Program (C.I.R.P.). Horizon Airlines. 

Provide consultation, supervision, training and debriefing for critical incidents and  trauma associated with accidents,  injury or loss of life. Consultation for Crew Resource Management of disruptive passengers.

1997 to 2002 - Instructor. Institute for Health Professionals. Portland, OR.

Developed and presented  three professional workshops as part of mental health continuing education series on Emergency Psychological Services and Crisis Intervention.

1991 to 1997 - Emergency Psychiatric Services. Emergency Department. Kaiser Permanente.  Portland, OR.

Triage, crisis and emergency room intervention involving unstable psychiatric conditions, dangerousness, traumatic events and severe stress reactions in adults, adolescent and children. Consultation to mental health, physicians, and nursing. Supervision during new staff probation. Services to children, adult and geriatric populations. Patient evaluations; mental status; medication screenings for ASEs and recommendations for psychotropic medication trials. Recommendations and coordinating medical hospitalizations including voluntary and involuntary psychiatric hospitalizations in Oregon and Washington. Evaluation and referral for inpatient drug and alcohol treatment. Provided case consultation services for employers, school counselors, as well as area medical and mental health professionals. Quality assurance review.

 1993 to 1997 - Inpatient Psychiatric Consultation Services. Medical Services. Kaiser Permanente.  Portland, OR.

Clinical and medical psychology. Consultation and intervention privileges at Bess Kaiser and Sunnyside medical hospitals. Psychiatric screening and evaluations, differential diagnosis of functional and organic disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, suicide and violence risk, treatment planning and recommendations. Admission, transfer and discharge planning.

1993 to1995 - Crisis Intervention Response Team (C.I.R.T.). Kaiser Permanente.   Portland, OR.

Traumatic incident and stress debriefing within Kaiser Permanente and to membership. Co-author of innovation grant proposal that was funded to develop C.I.R.T. Contributor to crisis debriefing handouts and intervention protocols.

1994 to1995 - Clinical Psychology Fellowship. Graduate Medical Education. Primary Medical Care. Kaiser Permanente.   Portland and Salem OR.

Provided mental health services and consultation in a primary medical care settings. Examined collaborative service delivery models for treatment of mental disorders in primary medical care settings. Developed a computer based medical and mental health assessment, treatment, referral and medication recommendation system for primary medical care. Provided triage screening, intake evaluations, psychological and psychosomatic assessments, neuropsychological screenings, treatment planning, crisis services and therapy with a broad range of patients including children, adolescents and adults, as well as multicultural populations. Provided consultation service to primary care medical physicians and nurse case managers. Provided group therapy for depression and anxiety. Consultation with nurse case managers and interns working with patients having co-morbid psychological disorders and medical illness.

 1989 to 1994  - Health and Psychoeducation Instructor. Health Education Department. Kaiser Permanente.   Portland, OR.

Psychoeducation instructor for Depression and Low Self Esteem, Anxiety and Stress Management, Couples Communication, Divorce Adjustment, Adults Raised in Dysfunctional Families (levels I and II), Relationship Enhancement and Parenting. Developed patient education and group facilitator handouts for DSM diagnostic categories and use of psychotropic medications. Developed group facilitator materials for childhood psychological disorders including diagnosis, treatment methods and prognosis.

1991 to 1994 - Adjunct Instructor and Consultant. Portland Community College.   Portland, OR.

Abnormal Psychology, General Psychology, Violence and Aggression, Crisis Intervention and Stress Management. Field research, training and consultation with Emergency Communications (911) and Oregon law enforcement including the Portland Bureau of Police and Multnomah County Sheriffs (Board of Public Safety Standards and Training). Executive Producer of a series of educational and training videos: Interviews With Aggressive, Destructive, Violent, Self-harming and Suicidal People; Tactical Field Simulations for Law Enforcement Training in Communication Tactics and Attack Risk.

1991 - Outpatient Mental Health. Department of Mental Health. Kaiser Permanente.   Portland, OR.

Contract part-time therapist. Individual, marital and family therapy. Face-to-face intake, diagnostic evaluations and referrals. Brief therapy and counseling format providing services to children, adolescents and adults.

1991 - Supervisor. Crisis Team Supervisor. Metro Crisis Intervention.  Portland, OR.

Telephone crisis counseling and intervention for quadrant community mental health centers. Supervised 5 volunteers, 2 employees, 10 employee assistance lines and 3 private clinic after hours phone lines. Provided triage and referral to emergency housing, shelters, psychiatric and medical emergencies for 3 counties in Oregon. Phone tracing and coordination with emergency 911 for suicide, dangerousness and hostage incidents.

1991 - Treatment Coordinator and Shift Supervisor. Ryles Evaluation and Treatment Center. Portland, OR.

State Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP). Supervision of five treatment coordinators. Provided inpatient intake evaluations, medical status screening, treatment planning, monitoring medications for associated side effects, group and individual therapy, and discharge planning.

1989 to 1992 Practicum Supervisor and Counselor. William Temple House.  Portland, OR.

Counseling and social services. Supervisor of students providing crisis counseling and community referrals. Developed psychoeducation course materials. Provided counseling and therapy to adults, children, families and survivors of sexual and physical abuse.

1988 to  1993. Test Administration and Scoring. Private Practice.  Portland, OR.

Administration of psychological instruments and neuropsychological screenings for Clackamas Social Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Good Samaritan Hospital, Boeing and SAIF. Psychological testing for criminal cases involving drug use, violence and aggression.

1988 to 1993. Research and Development. Private Practice.   Portland, OR.

Developed a telephone and on-screen scripted mental health and medical triage system that is computer processed to provide recommendations, preliminary diagnostic impression and referral assistance.

1988 to  1993. Counseling. Private Practice.   Portland, OR.

Counseling services to individuals and families.

1987 to  1989. Clinical Psychology Intern and Assistant to the Director of Psychological Services.  Psychological Service Center. Pacific University.   Portland, OR.

Co-supervision of 5 practicum students. Assistant to the Director of Clinical Services. Clinical intake and mental status interviews, psychological assessments and neuropsychological screenings, psychotherapy and counseling.

1988 Spring.  Graduate Assistant and Co-Instructor. Graduate School of Professional Psychology.  Portland, OR.

Co-instruction of advanced Psychological Assessment: Intellectual, Neuropsychological and Personality Assessment.

1988 SpringResearcher. Department of Human Resources. State Of Oregon.

Personality testing for team building and management selection.

1987 Spring.  Graduate Assistant and Co-Instructor. Graduate School of Professional Psychology.  Portland, OR.

Co-instructor for advanced Psychological Assessment: Intellectual, Personality and Neuropsychological.

1986 Fall.  Graduate Assistant and Lab Instructor.  Graduate School of Professional Psychology.  Research Statistics.  Portland, OR.

1976 to 1984. Forester and Engineer.  United States Forest Service - Oregon.

Planning and Project Forester, Acting Timber Sale Assistant; Engineer and Field Supervisor; Multiple resource management including timber harvesting, surveys, reforestation, watershed, fisheries, wildlife, transportation planning, road locations, visual and cultural resources; Environmental assessment; Firefighter.

Continuing Education Training Provided to Mental Health Professionals

  • A Critical Balance: Ethical Care & Risk Management, American Mental Health Alliance, Lake Oswego, OR, (2011). (6 hours)

  • Communication Tactics for Dealing with Mentally and Emotional Distressed Individuals. City of Bend Police Department. Bend, OR. (2008). (1.5 hours)

  • "Understanding and Avoiding Positional, Restraint and Excited Delirium Death". Legacy Health System Security and Inpatient Psychiatric Services.  Portland, OR. (2007). (3 hours)

  • "Crisis Intervention with Adolescents: Counseling Parents to Help Their Children". Mentor Research Institute continuing education (2006). (6.0 hours)

  • "Mental Health Law for Social Workers, Counselors and Other Helping Professionals in Oregon." Lorman Educational Services. (Invited August , 2003). Marriott Hotel Convention Center, Portland Oregon. (1.5 hours)

  • "Legal/Clinical Issues of Confidentiality, Charting and Documentation: Record-Keeping for Behavioral Health Professionals." (February 21, 2002). HEALTH ED Continuing Education and Training. Monarch Hotel and Conference Center, Clackamas, Oregon. (1 hour)

  • "Ethical and Legal Issues for Confidentiality, Documentation and Consultation: Liability and Risk Management." (February 8, 2002). The American Academy of Experts in Behavioral Health and Safety. "The Depot" Training Center, Bend, Oregon. (4 hours)

  • "Mental Health Law for Social Workers, Counselors and Other Helping Professionals in Oregon." Lorman Educational Services. (August , 2002). Marriott Hotel Convention Center, Portland Oregon. (1.5 hours)

  • "Emergency Psychological Services and Crisis Intervention: Private Practice and Community Services Realities." (March 8, 2002). Mentor Research Institute. "The Depot" Training Center, Bend, Oregon. (4 hours)

  • "Legal/Clinical Issues of Confidentiality, Charting and Documentation: Record-Keeping for Behavioral Health Professionals." (February 21, 2001). HEALTH ED Continuing Education and Training. Monarch Hotel and Conference Center, Clackamas, Oregon. (1 hour)

  • "Patient Confidentiality and Documentation: Clinical and Legal Issues For Ethical Documentation" The American Mental Health Alliance. Legacy Emmanuel Hospital, Portland, Oregon. September, 2001 (6 Hours)

  • "Understanding and Dealing With The Risk of Suicide". Continuing education training for the Clinician Education Support Group. 2000.

  • "Wilderness Therapy Programs for Adolescents: Implications for Therapeutic Communities and Group Psychotherapy." (June 2, 2000). Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society. The 39th Clinical Conference. Asilomar Conference Center Pacific Grove, California. (2 hours)

  • "Assessment-Interventions for Suicidal Patients", Clinicians Network. 2000.

  • "Emergency Psychological Services", Training for Portland Community College Institute for Health Professionals. Portland Oregon (1996, 1997, 1998.) (6 hours)

  • "Computer Assisted Medical and Psychological Screening, Evaluation and Treatment Recommendation Systems for Primary Medical Care Settings." Merging Computer Technology and Behavior Health Care Conference, Lewis and Clark College, 1998. (2 hours)

  • "Emergency Psychological Services and Crisis Intervention, American Mental Health Alliance - Oregon." Continuing Education Series, Portland Community College, 1997. (3 hours)

  • "Emergency Psychological Services and Crisis Intervention." George Fox University, 1997. (3 hours).

  • "Multicultural Mental Health Assessment" Society for Personality Assessment. 1997. (1 hour)

Presentations, Training and Workshops Given to Public

  • "Teaching Children Integrity" Athletic Club of Bend. Parent Challenge Program, 2001.

  • "Down To Earth Discipline" Athletic Club of Bend. Parent Challenge Program, 2001.

  • "Dads and Discipline" Athletic Club of Bend. Parent Challenge Program, 2001.

  • "Parenting In Blended Families" Athletic Club of Bend. Parent Challenge Program, 2001.

  • "Critical Incident Stress Debriefing - Recurrent", Recurrent training for Horizon Airlines CISD members to maintain their certification. 2000.

  • "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Prevention and Early Intervention", Presentation to Horizon Airlines Crisis Intervention Response Program members (CIRP), 1999.

  • "Managing and Defusing Anger and Aggression", Kaiser Permanente Member Relations, 1995.

  • "Strategies to Manage and Defuse Angry, Aggressive, Violent and Suicidal People". State of Oregon Disability Services, 1994.

  • "Violence, Suicide and Mental Illness", Portland Business Association, 1993.

  • "Communication Tactics and Attack Risk". Two year in-service training to Oregon law enforcement, Portland Bureau Of Police Training Division, (Approved by State of Oregon Board of Public Safety Standards and Training - B.P.S.S.T.), 1992 to1994.

Professional Liability Insurance

American Psychological Association Insurance Trust (APAIT).

Publications, Handbooks, Media and Research

  • Family Crisis Intervention, Prevention and Protection: The Responsibility of a Psychologist. American Psychological Association (APA) Division 43 (Summer, 2011)

  • "Clinical Use of Physical Exercise in Psychotherapy and as a Psychology Related Service." Oregon Psychological Association (OPA)

  • "The Horizon for Family Mental Health Screening, Intervention, Referral, Monitoring and Community Needs Assessments: Bringing Intelligence to the Internet." American Psychological Association (APA) Division 43 (Winter, 2009)

  • "The Scientist–Practitioner Model: A Door that Swings One Way?" American Psychological Association (APA) Division 43 (Fall, 2008)

  • "Character and Virtue: Creating Positive Identity in Children", Family News, 2007.

  • "Positive Psychology for Depressed Children", Family News, 2007.

  • "Positive Psychology: Happiness and Success", Family News, 2007

  • "How To Fail as a Visionary for Family Psychology: Hailey Re-Visited". The Family Psychologist, American Psychological Association (APA) Division 43, (Winter, 2007)

  • "Violence and Video Games", KOHD News (2007)

  • "Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA): A Training and Practice Building Opportunity", American Psychological Association (APA)  Division 43 (Fall, 2007)

  • "Republic of China Invites Oregon Psychologist: A Transformational Experience", American Psychological Association (APA) Division 43 (Fall, 2007)

  • "Depression, Bipolar Disorder and ADHD in Children", Family News, 2007

  • "A Summary of Research on the Effectiveness of Antidepressants and Psychotherapy", Mentor Research Institute, 2006

  • "Computer-Assisted Methods to Screen for Mental Health and Addictive Disorders",  Mentor Research Institute, 2006

  • "An Internet-Based Screening Program for Mental Health Problems and the Risk of Violent, Suicidal and Self-Injuring Behavior", Mentor Research Institute, 2006

  • "Privileged Kids at Greater Risk: Screening, Information, Resources", Family News, 2006

  • "Crisis Intervention with Adolescents: A Guide for Parents and Professionals." Authorhouse, 2006.

  • "Transference and Counter Transference" In Looking Back and Stepping Forward, Diamond Haze Publishing. 2002.

  • "Excited Delirium, Restraint Asphyxia, Positional Asphyxia and 'In-Custody Death" Syndromes: Controversial theories that may explain why some children in treatment programs die when restrained". Mentor Research Institute, 2002

  • "The Admission of Students into Boarding Schools, Wilderness and Adventure Programs: Are Parent References Useful?" Mentor Research Institute, 2002

  • "Programs For Troubled Youth That Profit From Failure: How To Protect Yourself" Mentor Research Institute, 2002

  • "School, Residential and Treatment Program Marketing: Misleading and Deceptive Web Sites" Mentor Research Institute, 2002

  • "Understanding and Dealing with Self-Harming and Suicidal Behavior in Wilderness, Boot Camp and Residential Treatment Programs" Mentor Research Institute, 2002

  • "The Use Of Force And Restraint In A Wilderness Therapy Treatment Programs" Mentor Research Institute, 2002

  • "You Owe Me!! Dealing With Entitlement" Family News, 2002

  • "Is Your Child Failing or Unmotivated" Family News, 2002

  • "Anxiety in Children" Family News, 2002

  • "Stalking: Why Do Men and Women Stalk Each Other?" Family News, 2002

  • "Go to School, No Hitting, Be Nice and Listen to Your Teachers" Family News, 2002

  • "House Rules and Reality" Family News, 2002

  • "Building Self-Confidence and Emotional Bonds with Children"  Family News, 2002

  • "The Impact Of Disagreement And Conflicts On Children" Family News, 2002

  • "Eliminating Arguments and Conflict" Family News, 2002

  • "Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD). One cause of attention deficits, defiance and school failures" Family News, 2002

  • "Understanding and Dealing With Secondary Trauma in Children That Is Associated With Violent Traumatic Events", Woodbury Reports, 2002

  • "I Don't Want To Go To School", Family News, 2002

  • "Attack Risk: The 3 R's (Recognizing, Responding and Reporting)'' International Journal Of Police Crisis Intervention. 2002

  • "Wilderness Camps Deaths Pressure States", New York Times, 2001

  • "Internet Addiction and Cyber Sex", The Source, 2001

  • "When Are Antidepressants More Effective Than Psychotherapy." Conscious Living. 2001

  • "Are You Involved With A Psychopath" The Source, 2001

  • "Parenting in Blended Families" Family News, 2001

  • "The Dangers Of Transference" The Source, 2001

  • "Teaching Integrity and Responsibility" Family News, 2001

  • "Down to Earth Discipline" Family News, 2001

  • "Bulimia And Anorexia In a Wilderness Therapy And Intervention Program: Health And Intervention."  Mentor Research Institute, 2001

  • "Borderline Personality Traits In a Wilderness Intervention Program: A Questionable Venture." Mentor Research Institute, 2001

  • "Conscious Parenting" Family News, 2001

  • "Fear, Anxiety, Phobia and Lying" Family News, 2000

  • "Decompensation And Failure To Thrive In A Wilderness Therapy Program" Mentor Research Institute, 2000

  • "Decompensation And Failure To Thrive In A Wilderness Therapy Program" Mentor Research Institute, 2000

  • "Raising Children to Become Defiant." Family News, 2000

  • "Daddy.. Were You Afraid To Go To School?" Family News. 2000

  • "Understanding and Dealing With The Risk Of Violence." Cascade Business News. 2000

  • "The Risk Of Violent and Homicidal Behavior In Children". The Woodbury Report. 2000

  • Public information, education, consumer protection and safety site on the topic of therapy, counseling, crisis intervention, evaluation, risk assessment, residential treatment programs, wilderness therapy program, boarding schools, and intervention programs.

  • "Understanding Violent and Homicidal Behavior In Children." Portland Parent Magazine, 2000.

  • "Choices and Consequences:", A parent training workbook, 1999.

  • "Ten Things Your Therapist Won't Tell You",  Money Magazine interview, 1998.

  • http://www.OregonCounseling.Org. A mental health information, research and consumer protection web site developed for the American Mental Health Alliance - Oregon.

  • "Computer Assisted Medical and Psychological Screening, Evaluation and Treatment Recommendation Systems", Ongoing research project.

  • "Helping Children and Families Deal with the Emotional Trauma of a Flood", KOIN television news interview, 1997.

  • "Child Safety Products: Are They Safe?", KATU television news special, 1996.

  • "Cost Containment and Quality in Managed Mental Health Care: Policy, Education, Research Advocacy", Psychological Reports, 1996.

  • "Attack Risk: The 3 R’s (Recognizing, Responding, Reporting): An Article For Law Enforcement", 1996.

  • "The Great Northwest Flood Recovery: Children’s Story and Activity Book", 1996. (English and Spanish versions)

  • "The Health and Mood Inventory - HMI", 1995.

  • "An Emergency Psychiatric Checklist for Primary Care Providers", 1995

  • "Dealing with Dangerous, Violent and Suicidal People in our Community", Willamette Week interview, 1995.

  • "Suicide by Cop: An Interview with Seven Survivors", 1995.

  • "Suicide by Cop", KEX radio interview, 1995.

  • "Debriefing Traumatic Events", 1995.

  • "Clarifying the Risk of Violence", 1994.

  • "Dealing with the Risk of Violence", 1994.

  • "Police Officer Behavior in Response to Dangerous Calls", 1994

  • "PCC Helps Portland Police Create Communications Course", The Oregonian, 1993.

  • "PCC Teams With Police Bureau. Tactical Training With A Twist", Portland Community College, 1993.

  • "Dealing with the Risk of Suicide", 1993.

  • "Is My Child Suicidal?" 1993.

  • "Dealing with Depression", 1993.

  • "Dealing with Fear and Panic", 1993.

  • "Interviews with Dangerous, Violent and Suicidal Patients", Video training documentary, Portland Community College Criminal Justice Department, 1993.

  • "Police Behavior During High Risk Calls", Video training tape, 1993.

  • "Hostage and Barricaded Subjects: A First Responder Checklist", 1993.

  • "Communication Tactics", KGW television news interview, 1993.

  • "Crisis Intervention", KOIN television news interview, 1993.

  • "Violent and Suicidal People", KPTV television interview, 1993.

  • "Dealing with Dangerous and Violent People", KINK radio interview, 1993.

  • "Communication Tactics For Law Enforcement", Portland Community College, 1993.

  • "Attack Risk", 1993.

  • "Childhood Psychological Disorders: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis: An Outline for Health Education Facilitators", Kaiser Permanente, 1991.

  • "The Use of Computers in Psychological Evaluation and Training", Doctoral Dissertation, 1989.