Michael, Phyllis

Warner Pacific professor P. MichaelProfessor Emeritus of Human Development and Family Studies
Email PMichael@warnerpacific.edu
Phone 503.517.1044


  • Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
  • Master of Arts in English Language and Literature, University of Missouri-Kansas City,  Kansas City, Missouri
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Phyllis became part of the Warner Pacific faculty in 1993 as an Associate Professor of Human Development.  During her time here, she created a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, which is a certified baccalaureate degree with National Council on Family Relations.  Students graduating with this degree can be certified family life educators.  She has spent most of her adult life teaching, either in academic settings or in community family life education.  Currently, she is directing a program of marriage and family therapy training in the People’s Republic of China.  She travels there twice a year to field test curriculum and train students in this area.  She has also taken training and mental health services to several under-served parts of the world, including Albania, Burundi and Kenya in Africa, Israel, India and Beirut, Lebanon. Her “hobbies” are travel, hiking, knitting, reading novels, and trying to keep up with her 2 adult daughters, 2 sons-in-law, and 5 grandchildren.  She and her husband are certified trainers and leaders for the Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment and Interpersonal Communications Programs.

Professional Affiliations:

  • 2010 Certified Family Life Educator, National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)
  • 2010 American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • 2010 Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment
  • 2010 Interpersonal Communication Programs

Book in process, Couple Therapy and Marriage Enrichment:  Partners in Fostering Marital Growth

Courses written for Marriage and Family Training Program, People’s Republic of China:

  • Basic Skills for Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Persons-in-Context
  • Embodying the Truth:  Integrative Foundations for Christian Counseling
  • Principles & Techniques of Systemic Counseling
  • Ethical Practice of Christian Marriage & Family Counseling
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Marital Therapy
  • Family Life Education Methodology
  • Marriage/Relationship Enrichment Leader Training
  • Human Sexuality—A Christian Perspective
  • Christian Sexuality in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Addressing Family Violence in China
  • The Contextually Respectful Counselor
  • Divorce: A Christian Perspective