Michael James Weinstein
Michael has served as a Department of the Army civilian Suicide Prevention Program Manager, Risk Reduction Program Coordinator, and Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist for over eight years. As a Suicide Prevention Program Manager, Michael was instrumental in ensuring that military leadership was well equipped to create suicide safe communities within their units. Michael is known as a “subject-matter expert”, on matters related to suicide within his local community. He has facilitated well over one hundred suicide intervention workshops. He has trained and mentored numerous instructors in the delivery of multiple suicide related curriculum.
As a Risk Reduction Coordinator, Michael provided consultation services to military commanders on high risk behaviors threatening their uniformed personnel. Michael is skilled at collecting and analyzing the data utilized in mitigation strategies aimed at preventing risk from manifesting into crisis. Within this role, he has partnered with multidisciplinary teams in addressing concerns evolving around alcohol and drug related incidents, suicide, unsafe sexual practices, workplace violence, toxic leadership, domestic violence, and child abuse.
Michael is a Consultants Level, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer (ASIST), a safeTALK Instructor, Certified Army Suicide Prevention Program. He is also a Master Trainer of Trainers for the Ask, Care, Escort-Suicide Intervention (ASK, CARE, ESCORT-SI) Course and a Master Trainer of the ACE Trainer of Trainers Course. He is a certified instructor for multiple alcohol and drug prevention programs as well as a court approved “Divorce’s Impact on Child” seminar facilitator.
Michael holds a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and a Masters of Arts in Christian Counseling, from Faith International University and Seminary in Tacoma, WA. He has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, four with ACPE and one with CPSP. Michael is ordained by the Evangelical Church Alliance (ECA).
Michael is both a Marine and Army combat veteran. He is married to his wife Sarah. They have four children ranging from ages 2 to 16. He is a conservative Christian who vastly enjoys engaging with others of different faith traditions. He has a passion for biblical theology and apologetics.