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Steven E. Handwerker Ph.D. D. Div

Steven Handwerker received his doctorate degree from New York University and post-doctoral certification from Hofstra University. He is licensed in psychology in N.Y. (’84), Florida (’96), and South Dakota (2000). He began his practice as head of Psychological Services at "The Wholistic Health Center" in Manhasset N.Y., an institution that he helped found and develop into a college offering degrees in the study of Alternative medicine, now located in Syosset, N.Y. now has over 35 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. Since 1997, he has been the Founder and Chairperson for the International Association for the Advancement of Human Welfare, Inc a 501-c-3 not for profit. The organization enters its nineteenth year and its direction and purpose is to teach and promote those values that promote peace on an individual, community, and national level. Dr. Handwerker was the first Chairman of Membership for the Division of Peace Psychology of the American Psychological Association and began the Spirituality and Humanitarian Practices Working Group in that Division in 1996. He is a member of the Scientific and Professional Board for the National Center for Crisis Management, a division of Homeland Security. His work to create paradigms for peace since 1996 has been in the arena of fostering humanitarian and sustainable interventions in devastated communities and building interFaith dialogue and harmony within and between the Faiths in order to create more stability in communities. To enhance his efficacy in the peacebuilding and conflict resolution arenas he became a Licensed Supreme Court Mediator(2000). As a corporate consultant, in working with groups; assisting PIs and Security Professionals to better detect, intervene, and prevent workplace violence and addiction issues since 1970.
He has authored six books and many articles on peace and esoteric/wholistic psychology and lectures regularly at APA conventions (over 200 programs in the past 27 years) as well as at local colleges and interfaith organizations. His lectures focus on Peace, Humanitarian and Sustainable Interventions and Paradigms, and Humanistic Psychology. Dr. Handwerker Achieved a Sixth Degree Black Belt (Yuk Dan) in Tang Soo Do. He is a Reiki master and serves an international Reiki Healing Circle. He and his wife Michelle have been married for 4 decades and have two children Diana and Lucas, both of whom are engaged in healing and peacebuilding professions.

Michelle J. Handwerker PhD, CAAT, D.Div
Since 1975, Michelle Handwerker has been an advanced practitioner of Amma Therapeutic Massage  (an ancient healing art based on the principles of the science of acupuncture).  She was trained by the founder of "The Wholistic Health Center" an institution she helped found and develop. The Wholistic Health Center was one of the first and largest of its kind in the Northern United States. To enhance her understanding of Wholistic practices Michelle achieved a Ph.D. in Wholistic Nutrition. Her current practice features Wholistic consultation with emphasis on mind/body balance.  Dr. Handwerker has also concentrated her focus on the significance of Women's Circles in the greater process of health and healing. Through the venue of Women Gatherings and the promotion of self-empowerment, inner peace, and greater community consciousness thus enhancing well being on intra-personal and interpersonal levels. This represents her dedication to greater awareness of the innate potential power within all women and their vital role in building peace within the family, community, and the world.  Dr. Handwerker has been in a loving marital relationship since '74. She is the mother of two adult children, who currently work in their own unique venues focused on supporting health and greater peace in the world.