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Michelle Pole

Dr. Michele Pole

Director of Psychology

Michele Pole, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist licensed in Pennsylvania and is the Director of Psychology at Caron. She joined Caron in 2008. Dr. Pole earned a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University in Ohio with a training emphasis on research and evidence-based treatment. Dr. Pole completed her Pre-Doctoral internship at Temple University Department of Medicine and her Post-Doctoral training at The Renfrew Center, both in Philadelphia. With her emphasis on the value of research to guide her clinical practice, Dr. Pole has published in peer-review journals. The Third Wave CBT is her identified theoretical orientation and she is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and The Association for Contextual Behavioral. Sciences (ACBS). She has expertise and training in evidence-based treatments addressing PTSD and trauma including Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Eye-Movement Desensitization Therapy (EMDR). Dr. Pole has additional training addressing a range of co-occurring disorders and uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness-based approaches. Dr. Pole has presented nationally on various topics including trauma-focused therapy and program development. She has shaped the Psychology Department based on an academic model in which research guides psychological practice. She has developed and implemented an evidence-based, integrated treatment approach to addressing trauma/PTSD at Caron Treatment Centers. In addition, Dr. Pole has developed a Psychological Testing program at Caron and has developed training opportunities for psychology post-doctoral fellows and doctoral level practicum students in the hope of training new psychologists to understand and competently assess and treat addiction and trauma/PTSD among a range of patients.