Saturday, March 1, 2014


The presenter, Michael E. Holtby, LCSW, BCD has been in the field for forty-six years. He had one significant burnout after twelve years to the extent that he went back to school in commercial photography at the Colorado Institute of Art. He never completely stopped his private practice, and ultimately returned to it fulltime. Subsequently, he has successfully navigated three decades of engaged work as a psychotherapist, and in 2010 was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Holtby has been deeply involved in the AIDS epidemic since its inception, and ninety of clients, friends and colleagues have died. There was a time when he was attending a funeral a month. As represented by the AIDS quilt, which has 43,000 panels, it was like the experience of a tsunami in the first years of the epidemic when medical treatments to stop the progression of HIV were not available.
Holtby talks about the trauma of this period, but also how he was inspired by the resilience of his clients; and what they taught him about living from their own experience facing dying.

Audience reaction to Mike's unique perspective:

"Very interesting presentation - used experiences in life as examples. Invite him to come back."
"Heard it all before, but this one made more of an impact."  
Wyoming NASW 2014 Annual Conference.

 If you would like him to come talk to your agency, team, professional group or conference please email him at:; or call 303-396-3818.