Michael Salonius holds a Doctorate of Divinity from his accumulated studies with the Columbia Theological Consortium, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Fordham University (MSW) – he conducted post-graduate psychoanalytic training at Blanton-Peale Psychoanalytic Institute. Salonius received his Bachelor’s degree in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology and Jewish Mysticism from the American Jewish University. His dissertation was written on a phenomenological comparison of mystical Jewish meditation and Buddhist philosophy of mind.
While attending Fordham’s Master’s Of Social Work program, he worked for the New York Department Of Mental Health’s trauma program for First Responders who were present at the World Trade Center’s attack on September 11. Salonius has presented his work on spiritual approaches to Post Traumatic Stress to multiple law enforcement agencies and has received merit awards from the California Association Of Hostage Negotiators (CAHN) and the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI). His trademark meditation technique is currently used by over three agencies treating PTS and is used by hundreds of law enforcement personnel, veterans and active duty personnel in the United States Of America, Australian Special Forces, and the Israeli Defense Forces. Salonius has pioneered the use of the Mythopoetic intervention strategy for use in traumatized veteran and first-responder populations.
Currently, he is completing requirements for board certification (ACPE) in clinical chaplaincy with Academy For Jewish Religion and Claremont School Of Theology. Michael’s Warrior Meditation technique is employed by SPARTA (Spiritual Process and Resiliency Trauma Association) and he is an expert when it comes to supporting Warriors who are engulfed in a battle with Post Traumatic Stress. When the occasion necessitates he serves as a mountain guide, ropes course facilitator and a trauma and substance abuse counselor for SPARTA.