Michael Heck


Sep 2011 - Present


Azusa Pacific University
Sep 2000 - Jun 2004


Fuller Theological Seminary
Aug 1997 - Jun 2000


Azusa Pacific University

Work History

Work History
Aug 2008 - Present

Rehabilitation/behavioral Specialist

Hillsides Education Center/Hillsides Home for Children (Level 12 agency)
  • Provided behavioral training and crisis interventions for clients who have been diagnosed with a mental illness due to trauma. This includes PTSD, Adjustment disoder, ect.
  • Partnered with teachers, social workers, and students to increase rate of success in the classroom in preparation for reunification with their family and develop social skills
  • Familiar with Department of Mental Health documentation
Feb 2007 - Aug 2008

Lead Counselor/Interim Unit Leader in the Crisis/Assessment unit

Yellowstone boys and girls ranch (Level 14 agency)
  • Promoted to Lead Counselor and then Interim Unit Leader in a crisis/assessment unit.
  • Provided counseling for youth who have a mental illness diagnosis (PTSD, ADHD, Bi-polar, ect.) and physical trauma (sexual, physical, and emotional abuse). Ages 6 - 21 years
  • Interm Unit Leader: met with families, doctors, and supervisors from other units to develop client program
  • Pastoral Care provider
  • Led team meetings to develop clinical programs to develop mental health program for the unit
Jan 2006 - Feb 2007

Counseling Pastor

Faith Chapel
  • Assisted with developing a new counseling department, size of congregation is 4500 members
  • Developed intake and assessment process
  • Assisted with the development of "Compass ministry" to focus on the training of lay counselors/mentors 
  • Taught in recovery groups and youth group when called upon
Sep 2000 - Dec 2005

Program Director/Crises Manager

Hillsides Home for Children
  • Involved in group therapy with clients; groups were facilitated by cottage staff, on-campus social workers, and cottage supervisors
  • Promoted to Program Director. Position helps to manage and facilitate overall programs in each living area and client's individual programs. Provides interventions for clients in crises and counseling in de-escalation
  • Promoted to Crisis Manager. Focus directly on providing interventions for clients escalating or in crisis (assisting client with understanding traumatic triggers and developing positive social skills)

Related Experience


Feb 2013 - Feb 2014

Student Member

Association of Applied Sport Psychology
Sep 2012 - Jul 2013

Prelicensed Member

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists