About Michael Harris

Michael can help you improve your life situation when it comes to FASD.

With a commitment to nurturing growth, strengths and resilience, Michael Harris has dedicated almost three decades to empowering caregivers and families navigating the complexities of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). As a licensed psychologist since 1997 and foster parent since 2012, his expertise extends beyond conventional therapy and assessments, and now brings about transformative experiences that rekindle caregivers’ personal and parenting growth.

At the core of Michael’s approach is a series of dynamic workshops, insightful writings, coaching masterminds and immersive retreats designed specifically for those affected by blocked care, caregiver grief & loss, and a sense of needing to reconnect with their true selves despite the difficulties of parenting special needs children. His methods are crafted to facilitate a journey from mere survival to thriving, enabling caregivers to unlock a deeper understanding of themselves and their roles through insight, self-care and learning practical strategies for FASD..

His articles and blog posts, now available on the Medium.com platform, blend those “a-ha” insights with actionable strategies, offering a roadmap to resilience and even anti-fragility. Each piece shows the potential for profound personal development, aiming to shift caregivers from a state of feeling overwhelmed with self-sabotaging thoughts (also known as our Saboteurs) to one of wise discernment and a settled, regulated nervous system (also known as our Sage Mind).

Beyond the written word, Michael will be hosting intensive retreats and masterminds in 2024 that provide safe havens for understanding and exploring our parenting roles as well as providing a space to recharge. These retreats are tailored to not only address the challenges of caregiving but to foster an environment of healing and growth. Participants will leave equipped with practical tools and a renewed sense of purpose, ready to face the demands of caregiving with newfound strength.

More Details on Michael

Michael has worked at the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, a non-profit community healthcare center, serving the urban American Indian community and people of all races. He has expertise in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), foster care, adoption, developmental trauma and abuse, historical trauma, and childhood attachment problems.

As a consultant, Michael provides FASD trainings & workshops, keynote talks, consultation, and psychoeducation for professionals, foster and adoptive parents, and laypersons. Michael is an active speaker regionally and nationally, plus he maintained the FASD Elephant™ podcast and website in the early 2000s.

Michael graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Psychology, then attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development, receiving an MA degree in Child Psychology.

Following training at the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis (IHB), St. Paul Public Schools, & as a volunteer Guardian ad litem, he completed an APA-Accredited Predoctoral Internship in Psychology at Hennepin County Medical Center (Minneapolis, 1994-95), and joined the staff of IHB fulltime in 1995, becoming Director of the Counseling Support Clinic at IHB in 2002-2021, and Director of Communication & Community Outreach since 2021-present. He has been an FASD Success group coach 2021-present.

Michael became a Licensed Psychologist (LP) in 1997, an EMDRIA Certified Therapist 2000-2011, a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner 2011-present, and a licensed foster parent 2012-2020.

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