Michael Slavkin, Ph.D., NCC, LMHC is the director of the Master of Science in Counseling program and assistant professor at Marian University. He earned his doctorate in counseling and educational psychology from Indiana University–Bloomington, as well as a master’s degree in counselor education and research from Saint Louis University. His Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is from DePauw University. He is a licensed mental health counselor in the State of Indiana, a licensed practicing counselor in the State of Missouri, and a nationally certified school counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors.

Dr. Slavkin has previous experience teaching in elementary and middle school. He has worked as a behavior therapist and interventionist with students with exceptionalities. Dr. Slavkin’s principal counseling experience is with youth with diagnoses that include behavioral and learning disabilities. He also is a certified practitioner of individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health issues through the National Association of Developmental Disabilities Services (NADD).

Dr. Slavkin’s research and teaching interests include human development, assessment and research methods, and social justice and advocacy with marginalized populations. Current research projects include studies on juvenile firesetting, identity development and career selection, and service-learning strategies. He maintains a private practice and draws on existentialist and humanist theoretical foundations. 

Featured Publications:

Slavkin, M. (2011, July). Academic Service-Learning. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Slavkin, M., & Goebel, V. (2009, November). C.I.A.: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Slavkin, M. (2004, April). Authentic Learning: How an Understanding of the Brain Can Shape the Development of Students. Lexington, MA: Rowan and Little Publishing.

Slavkin, M., & Sebastian, S. (Fall 2013). Living to Serve: The National FFA Organization and Service Learning. The Agricultural Education Magazine, 14-18.

Featured Presentations:

Slavkin, M., and Torvik, A. (2021, February). Reaching the Unreachable: The Benefit of Intervention Strategies for Under-Served Students. Collaborative symposium presented at the 2021 Indiana School Counselor Conference: Indianapolis, IN.

Slavkin, M. (2021, February). Using Technology to Counsel Clients in the Age of COVID-19. Collaborative symposium presented at the 2021 Indiana School Counselor Conference: Indianapolis, IN.

Slavkin, M. (2017, April). Juvenile Firesetters: Intervention Strategies. Presentation at the 2015 Allen County Juvenile Firesetter Conference: Fort Wayne, IN.

Slavkin, M. and Juliano, A. (2016, October). Social Media and Firesetting. Presentation at the 2016 Colorado Fire and Safety International Conference: Denver, CO.

Slavkin, M. & Sebastian, S. (2013, March). Using Research to Transform Community: The National FFA Organization Model. Presentation at the 2013 NYLC National Service-Learning Conference: Denver, CO.

Sebastian, S., Slavkin, M., and Andreko, D. (2012, June). Service-learning by the numbers. Presentation at the 2012 Career Clusters: Pathways to College and Career Readiness Conference - Setting a New Standard: Washington, DC.

Slavkin, M., & Moore, J. (2011, October). Herding cats down the path: Guiding a reluctant faculty to support the accreditation process. Presentation at the 2011 Annual Association of Teacher Educators – Indiana Conference: Brown County, IN.

Slavkin, M. (2010, May). Participatory action research and service-learning. Presentation at the 2010 CYFAR (Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk) Conference: San Francisco, CA.

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