Counseling Network, IncCounseling Network, Inc.
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Coral Gables, Florida 33146
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Staff

Michael Alicea, MS, MSWMichael J. Alicea, Ed.D., M.S., M.S.W. is a South Florida-based therapist who has been counseling individuals for over twenty years. He received an A.A. in Psychology and A.S. in Criminal Administration from Miami-Dade College (formerly Miami-Dade Community College). He received his B.A. in Psychology as well as a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Thomas University. He also received an M.S.W. from the prestigious School of Social Work from Barry University. He has postgraduate clinical training in the areas of trauma, including domestic abuse and sexual assault, and mood disorders.  He earned his doctorate in education in 2014 and is an adjunct faculty professor at Miami Dade College - School of Social Science - Kendall Campus. 

He has experience in a variety of clinical settings. He began his clinical career providing home assessments and case management for the elderly in the Miami-Dade County area, working in a number of clinical settings that included Partial Hospitalization Programs, Day Treatment Facilities and various hospital-based out-patient settings with recovering alcohol and substance abuse patients. He then spent several years as a Medical Social Worker at a private case management agency, as well as with the renowned South Florida Baptist and South Miami Hospital’s Home Health Services and Social Work and Care Coordination Departments. He has provided crisis intervention to patients and families around issues of death and dying, formulated clinical diagnoses, chronic illness, and abuse.  In doing so, he worked in the emergency room, intensive care units, oncology services, transplant units, and on the obstetric and pediatric services.

Michael presently conducts group psychotherapy for recovering prostate cancer patients at South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital Health Network.

In addition to providing direct services to victims and families, he has researched, wrote, and presented curricula for various private and governmental agencies in the Miami-Dade area. He has provided outreach and training to first responders and investigators to the Miami Police Department, the Coral Gables Police Department as well as the University of Miami Public Safety Department.

Having discovered a passion for working with survivors of abuse, he went on to become the only known active Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Florida to work with registered Sexual Offenders as well as providing individual and group therapy to survivors of abuse. He has over twenty-five years of law enforcement experience. He has also assisted in the development of prevention programs, and provided clinical training to other therapists on the dynamics of trauma and abuse.

He works with individuals around a variety of issues and has a broad range of experience that has prepared him to effectively assist clients with general relationship concerns, feelings of depression and anxiety, including postpartum depression, and adjustment to early parenting, as well as issues around aging, illness, grief and loss.

 

Michael is also an author and has published Police Suicide: Acuity of Influence. 
"According to the CDC (2005), suicide claims approximately 30,000 lives each year in the United States. The law enforcement profession is a dangerous profession that oftentimes dramatically influences an officer's perceptions of incidents often related to the repeated exposure to trauma. The intention of this research project was to explore the lived understanding of police officers regarding their acuity with respect to the subject of officer suicides.
Police Suicide: Acuity of Influence

A qualitative phenomenological research was conducted, consisting of nine demographic and nine open-ended interview questions. Data were audio-recorded and transcribed throughout the interview process. The research project examined the awareness levels of police officers in a local metropolitan agency in Miami-Dade County, Florida. A review of the information provided by this research study resulted in five major themes focusing on (a) suicide prevention, (b) talking about suicide, (c) prevention training, (d) identifying available outside resources, and (e) understanding the police culture. The conclusions reached as a result of this research project could broaden the existing literature of suicide and may assist police administrators who may face the issue of police officers considering suicide."

Vitae - 8/29/13

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Angie M. Nunez, MSWAngie M. Nunez, MSW is a therapist with a broad experience in marital and family therapy, child development, grief and bereavement, life coaching, and medical crisis intervention.
 
Ms. Nunez obtained an AA degree in Social Work and an AS degree in Business Administration from Miami Dade Community College.  She graduated as Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Florida International University, and as Magnum Cum Laude with a Masters Degree in Social Work from Barry University. She is currently a Registered Licensed Clinical Social Work intern, treasurer for the Association of Social Work Leaders in Health Care and member of the NASW
.(National.Association.of.Social.Workers).
 
Early in her clinical career she had the opportunity to launch the Welfare Reform program during which she provided individuals with life coaching, and assisted with issues of depression, anxiety, stress, acculturation and employment. She has also worked for foster care agencies and after school programs providing therapy to children at risk and disadvantaged. To give back to her community she has provided pro-bono services to those in need of individual, marital and family therapy. For the past several years she has been involved with end of life care providing counseling in the areas of grief and bereavement; in addition to illness and pain management, cancer support, crisis intervention and legal counseling. Furthermore, as an experienced medical social worker, she has been able to assist the elderly and disenfranchised in the community of Miami Dade
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County.
 
Ms. Nunez, MSW is a true advocate of individuals and families facing day to day challenges. She believes in empowerment and support as venues to overcome any life transition.