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About Thom Harrigan, MSW

Educator and clinical social worker, Thom Harrigan is Co-Director of The Next Step Counseling and Training Center in Florence, MA, USA. The primary focus of his work has been assisting individuals, couples and families in their healing and recovery from traumatic abuse and neglect.

Before joining The Next Step Counseling and Training Center in 1987, Thom was deeply involved in community based programming for social service systems, helping to develop curricula and training packages for public service social workers in Massachusetts. As a supervisor in the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, he was responsible for clinical decision-making on hundreds of foster care and adoption cases arising from serious abuse and neglect. Thom has been a faculty member at various institutions of higher education, most recently as Associate Professor of Practice and Assistant Director of Field Education at Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work.

Since joining The Next Step, Thom's focus has become the complex challenges facing survivors of dysfunctional families, institutional and systemic abuse, natural disasters, war and conflict. Thom has consulted to various agencies, organizations and groups nationally and abroad, and is currently working to broaden understanding of child abuse and recovery in an international and cross-cultural perspective. Thom has worked with thousands of families and individuals in settings ranging from prisons to community-based agencies, from the public sector to private practice, and lectured extensively on child abuse and victimization as human rights issues.

Send E-mail to Thom or phone 413-584-0727, extension 3.


About Mike Lew

Mike Lew, M.Ed., a psychotherapist and group therapy leader, is Co-Director of The Next Step Counseling and Training Center.

As a cultural anthropologist specializing in the field of Culture and Personality (Psychological Anthropology), Mike worked with the late Margaret Mead and Colin Turnbull. After further training in Counseling Psychology, he became a leading expert on recovery from sexual child abuse, particularly issues of male survivors.

Mike Lew has worked with thousands of men and women in their healing from the effects of childhood sexual abuse, rape, physical violence, emotional abuse and neglect. The development of strategies for recovery from incest and other abuse, particularly for men, has been a major focus of his work as a counselor and group leader.

Mike conducts public lectures, workshops for survivors, and trainings and consultations for mental health, medical, human service, clergy, law enforcement and other professionals throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Asia.

Mike has taught at The City College of New York, Quinnipiac College, The College of New Rochelle and the University of California at Santa Cruz.

His publications include Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse (Second Edition, Revised and Updated Quill, 2004). The first book written specifically for men recovering from sexual child abuse, Victims No Longer continues to earn praise for both its clinical expertise and compassionate tone, educating survivors and professionals about the recovery process, speaking to the pain, needs, fears and hopes of the adult male survivor.

Mike's second book is Leaping Upon the Mountains (Small Wonder Books and North Atlantic Books, 1999).

Mike has consulted to the United Nations, National Institute of Mental Health, National Resource Center on Child Sexual Abuse, Childhelp USA/National Child Abuse Hotline, People Against Sexual Abuse, U.S. Navy, and many other organizations in the United States and abroad. Mike has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse and the review board of the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Mike has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Sally Jessy Raphael, People Are Talking, and many other television and radio programs.

Send E-mail to Mike or phone 413-584-0727, extension 2.