Michael D. Gatson, is an expert in military social work and/with issues related to military mental health. He is also a licensed clinical psychotherapist at the Washington DC VA Health Care System. Michael is currently serving as the Global War on Terrorism Coordinator and is involved in the treatment of veterans with chronic combat-related post-traumatic stress disorders and marital issues. He is a VA certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure and Step Qualified in Marriage and Family Therapy. He previously served as the Marriage and Family Therapist at the Robert J. Dole VA Health Care System.
Michael also provides clinical supervision to counselors and social workers to help improve their clinical abilities. He also serves as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army Medical Reserve, 393rd Medical Logistics Company, and is a certified volunteer trainer for the American Psychological Association’s (APA’s) HIV Office for Psychology Education (HOPE).
Michael recently volunteered his time and talents to two milestone events. First, Michael participated in a roundtable discussion on veterans and their families with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, as part of the Joining Forces Initiative. Second, Michael provided clinical counseling and crises intervention services for outreach support at all of the events surrounding His Holiness Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, D.C.
Before joining the VA System, Michael worked as the Trauma and Injury Prevention Program Director for Louisiana State University Health Science Center School of Medicine in Shreveport, Louisiana. He has held faculty positions at University of Phoenix (Bossier City, LA) and Butler Community College (Andover, Kansas) and served as a field supervisor/instructor for Grambling State University, Louisiana State University, and Wichita State University Masters of Social Work Programs.
Michael has dedicated his career to improving the lives of Active Military Personnel and War Veterans faced with combat trauma and hardships which are evidenced in his clinical work with Veterans and family members. He has published in several professional journals on PTSD, Suicide Prevention, and LGBTQ Military Families and provides numerous training focusing on PTSD, Suicide Prevention, and HIV/AIDS at the local, state and national level and has presented more than a 100 workshops on PTSD, Suicide Prevention, and HIV/AIDS.
Michael is also the owner of G & E Associates, LLC, a motivational and consulting firm and provides clinical consultation, workshops, and training to other behavioral healthcare providers.