BIOGRAPHY

ACADEMIC PREPARATION

Dr. Mike Barnes received his BA in Psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He received his Masters of Education degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Florida State University. Dr. Barnes is a Nationally Certified Master Addiction Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado. He is a member of  NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals and the International Association of Family Addiction Professionals. Dr. Barnes is also a Diplomate in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

EARLY WORK

Dr. Barnes accepted his first full-time counseling position in 1982, as an addiction counselor at First Step of Sarasota, in Sarasota, Florida.  Since that time he has worked as an addiction counselor, EAP (Employee Assistance) Counselor and couple and family therapist in a number of clinical settings. He has also worked as an administrator and clinical supervisor in an adolescent residential treatment program, a crisis stabilization unit, and an acute care psychiatric hospital. Most recently Dr. Barnes served as the Clinical Program Manager for Residential Services at CeDAR (The Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation), a nationally recognized addiction treatment center at the University of Colorado Hospital, in Aurora, Colorado. 

CURRENT  WORK 

Dr. Barnes is the Chief Clinical Officer at Foundry Treatment Center in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  Working with his clinical team at Foundry, Dr. Barnes is developing a trauma-integrated treatment process. His areas of responsibility included clinical oversight of all clinical programs, new program development, clinical supervision, and oversight of clinical record keeping. Dr. Barnes continues to present at national conferences, invited presentations, and as a guest lecturer at universities on the subjects of trauma, addiction, and the impact of trauma and addiction on family systems.

ACADEMIC WORK

'As a counselor educator, Dr. Barnes served as an adjunct professor at Florida State University, Penn State-Altoona College, and the University of South Florida before accepting a full-time faculty position in 2006 as Assistant Professor and Training Coordinator at Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida. In 2010 he moved to the University of Colorado Denver, where he served as an Assistant Clinical Professor and Training Coordinator in the Masters in Counseling Program. 

CLINICAL AND RESEARCH INTERESTS

Dr. Barnes' area of clinical and research interest has been on the impact of traumatic events on family system functioning. At Florida State, he completed his dissertation on the "Secondary Trauma of Parents of Children Who Experienced an Injury that Required Critical Care Treatment on a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)."  He has written numerous scholarly articles and chapters in academic textbooks to expand counselor understanding of family trauma and how best to treat this issue. Over the years, Dr. Barnes has recognized that the family members of addicted individuals are required to live through a number of traumatic and life-threatening situations that are so often a part of active addiction.