Michael Bradley grew up in Philadelphia, where he attended parochial schools before moving on to LaSalle College on a military scholarship. After briefly serving as an officer in the U.S. Army, he entered law school and supported himself with a temporary job counseling troubled adolescents in an inner-city Philadelphia high school. To his amazement, he developed a passionate interest in his new sideline job and switched to graduate studies in psychology, ultimately earning a doctorate from Temple University.
Since then, Dr. Bradley has worked with children, adolescents, and their families in treatment settings ranging from jails, to social service agencies, to private practice. His professional experience with children encompasses virtually every aspect of youth work.
Dr. Bradley is a licensed clinical psychologist with a doctoral degree in psychology from Temple University. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA), and is a Diplomate and Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners. He is also certified by the American Psychological
Association College of Professional Psychology for the Treatment of Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders (APA-CPP).
His own on-going training qualifies him to offer continuing education units (CEU’s) at the seminars he conducts for professionals. In addition, he has been invited to speak before health professionals all across North America.
Earlier in his career, he was honored with the William Penn Human Rights Award, Commission on Human Relations, for a national demonstration project he created and directed which proved that “loser” teenagers with terrible deficits such as drugs, truancy, pregnancy, and aggression can be turned around with compassionate, respect-based treatment.
In addition to fulfilling the growing demands of public speaking and continuing his private practice, Dr. Bradley is a consultant to schools, providing risk assessments and offering training in parenting and violence-reduction. As a crisis intervention manager, he is often called upon to address the traumatic impact that events such as natural and accidental death, suicide, and murder have upon school communities.
Dr. Bradley, his wife Cynthia, and their biological son Ross adopted Sarah, a brave and beautiful baby who arrived in this world with tremendous challenges and then survived the most difficult first year of life that most can imagine. After Sarah and the Bradleys finally found each other, that new family went through a terrible time of forging attachments. But after a year, Sarah suddenly blossomed into an incredibly loving and happy little girl. This "gut-wrenching and indescribably rewarding" experience reinforced the core premise of Dr. Bradley's work with children, which holds that "love is indeed the most real, potent aspect of parenting. And, in parenting, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
Dr. Bradley lives with his family in suburban Philadelphia, where he worries incessantly that his teenage son will grow up to be just like him.
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