Media Inquiries

Michael Y. Simon, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 38305)  is highly respected in both academic and popular communities. He has taught at Temple University, San Francisco State University and several other colleges and universities and holds advanced degrees in both Clinical Psychology and Religious Studies/Philosophy.

Michael has extensive media experience with print and radio interviews and is known for a breadth of knowledge blended with humor--making learning about difficult things both engaging and entertaining. He was a guest expert on  Family Talk with Dr. Mike Riera, a nationally syndicated radio program produced in San Francisco, and appeared on Rona Renner's Childhood Matters on KISS 98.1 FM. He has been interviewed many times by local and national press regarding a wide range of topics on teens and families and has written for local publications on parenting teens. For well over a decade, Michael has been a highly sought-after local and national speaker on all the issues that deeply affect American adolescents and their families, from relationships and sex to identity development, digital media use, learning disabilities, education policy and barriers to learning, as well as drugs, alcohol and other forms of risk-taking. 

For Press Inquiries and Product Information:
Fine Optics Press
5665 College Avenue, Ste. 340C
Oakland, CA 94618
Tel. (800) 721-7050 or in the BAY AREA (510) 225-9151

Downloadable Press Kit [PDF] 
• Downloadable Cover Art: print version (HIGH RES.)
• Downloadable Author Picture in B&W
Press Release, FINE OPTICS PRESS (Book announcement) (PDF)

Tommy Tucker discusses Teens, New Cars and Driving
November 1, 2012

This segment on teens, new cars and driving comes from an interview with Michael Y. Simon, LMFT on WWL AM/FM in New Orleans with host Tommy Tucker.

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Talking with Teens without Guilt, Blame, and Miscommunication
March 28, 2010

This show is the final episode of a six-part series called Your Teen Matters: A Series on Navigating the Middle and High School Years. 

Are you frustrated when your teen responds with one-word sentences or shrugs? Do you find yourself at a loss when whatever you say is met with defensiveness and anger? Parents of teens often resort to lecturing, blaming, grilling, and shaming as they attempt to keep their adolescent safe and on track. Guest host Beth Samuelson, MA, of Student Organizational Services, is joined by guest Michael Y. Simon, LMFT to learn tools for effective communication with teens.

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• Author Bio
• Book Publication Details
• Book Synopsis
• Endorsements
Book Highlights
• Table of Contents
Huffington Post Article on The Approximate Parent/Michael Simon
Watch highlights from the August 2, 2012 Book Launch for The Approximate Parent at Books Inc., Berkeley.