Mickey Skidmore initially founded “Turning Points” Counseling Center, Inc. in 1989 in the USA. He served as its President & Executive Director before shuttering his practice in 2011 to come to Australia. After working at Liverpool Hospital for six years he has re-established “Turning Points” Counselling Centre in Australia. His practice is currently based in Parramatta, NSW.
Mickey Skidmore is a Clinical Social Worker who is also recognised as an individual, group and family psychotherapist; private practice consultant; and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP). He holds credentials as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with AASW, and is a member of the Australian College of Social Workers. He is also an Accredited Mediator with the Australian Mediation Association. He has a longstanding interest in Ericksonian Approaches to hypnosis & psychotherapy and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in the USA for more than 25 years before coming to Australia.
Mickey received his BSW (Bachelor of Social Work degree) in 1984 and his MSW (Master of Social Work degree) in 1986 from East Carolina University. Most recently, he completed a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Mediation in June 2017. He has more than 30 years of clinical experience in both public & privates sectors of service delivery. He has direct experiences with both in-patient & out-patient health care settings; as a professor for more than 10 years at several colleges and universities; as a Clinical Director in an acute care psychiatric hospital setting; as a teacher/trainer of mental health professionals; and as a private practice consultant.
He is currently employed as a Mental Health Social Worker at Liverpool Hospital, and is also engaged in private practice with Exclusive Wellbeing in Parramatta. He has served on the AASW National Registration Task Force since February 2014, and was also appointed to the national Advisory Group (July 2015) regarding the National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers, and its implications for Social Workers in Australia.
His clinical training and experience as an Advanced Generalist has fostered competence, skill and abilities in many therapeutic modalities (i.e. individual or casework; group work; couples work; family system’s; agencies; organisations; & communities), and proficiency in working with people across the life span (children; teens/adolescents; young adults; adults; and geriatrics). During this time he has also become knowledgeable with a variety of therapeutic approaches, including:
Behavioural Therapies: (RET; CBT; DBT)
Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)
Strategic/Structural Family Therapies
Transactional Analysis (TA)
Mickey’s clinical practice will emphasise service delivery in the following focus areas:
- private consultations with individuals & families.
- clinical supervision.
- professional training programs (workshop/seminar presentation for CPD).
- contractual service & consulting for agencies/organisations.
Mickey is now also providing the following Mediations services as well:
- Family Dispute Mediation (FDR) [Problem-Solving / Facilitative Model] (s60I Certificates)
- Child-Inclusive Practice (CIP) [Therapeutic Child Specialist Consult Services]