– About us –
Next Steps: Stephen Migden & Associates
We help struggling young people find success – and their parents find peace of mind.
Dr Steve Migden, as well as his two senior associates, Dr Sherry Henig and Jeff Dvorak, have considerable experience with a wide range of young people and their needs.
Steve Migden has held professional and supervisory positions in: a psychiatric day treatment center for children and adolescents; a hospital-based learning disabilities assessment program; university-based doctoral and post-doctoral psychology training clinics; and a residential treatment center for adolescents. He has served on a variety of professional committees, including those dealing with learning disabilities, psycho-educational assessment, adolescent substance abuse, and best practices in educational consultation. He is a full Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants’ Association, where he has held a number of leadership positions, and a Certified Educational Planner.
Sherry Henig has thousands of hours of clinical experience with children, adolescents and young adults. A full professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants’ Association, Sherry also has the distinction of being a Certified Educational Planner, a designation that is only given to those who have achieved the highest level of competence in educational consulting.
Jeff Dvorak has worked in public schools, therapeutic boarding schools and therapeutic wilderness programs, and he has held positions ranging from wilderness field guide, through classroom teacher, to assistant principal and program director.
In total, this team has been involved in hundreds of placements and has made close to a thousand first hand site visits to schools and special programs throughout the country. In these visits, each of us meets with students, teachers, administrators and clinicians, gaining personal knowledge of each setting.
Dr. Steve Migden, Ph.D., CEP
Next Steps: Stephen Migden & Associates is led by Dr Steve Migden, Ph D, CEP, an educational consultant who has a background as a psychologist. He has over 35 years of experience serving children, adolescents and young adults with learning, behavioral and emotional problems.
After receiving his bachelor's degree, with honors, from Columbia University, Steve worked as an editor for a nationally known encyclopedia, and then went on to earn a doctoral degree in psychology from New York University. In practice since 1979, he has also held a number of other important professional positions, including
- psychologist in the learning disabilities unit of a major teaching hospital
- senior supervising psychologist in a day treatment center for children and adolescents
- clinical coordinator and supervisor in a large residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed and behavior disordered adolescents
- director of one of the largest psychology internship programs in the U.S.
- professor and supervisor in the graduate programs of two nationally known universities
- consultant in educational settings, including pre-school, tutoring/learning center, medical school, and law school
Steve is a Certified Educational Planner (CEP). This designation, obtained through the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners, recognizes those who have achieved the highest level of competence in the profession of educational consulting.
A full Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants’ Association (IECA), Steve has held a number of leadership roles in the organization. He has chaired the Subcommittee on Therapeutic Best Practices and the Subcommittee on Specialization. More recently, Steve is a member of the IECA’s Board of Directors.
Steve is also a member of the American and New York State Psychological Associations, Everyone Reading (formerly the NY Branch of the International Dyslexia Association), and the International Dyslexia Association, where, in recognition of his longstanding contributions to students with learning disabilities, he has been officially recognized as one of the organization’s Orton Oaks.
Steve has published articles on learning disabilities, ADHD, and emotional-behavioral problems in prestigious professional journals, and he has lectured at local, national and international conferences. He is a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist. In addition, Steve has earned board certification from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) - less than 15% of all psychologists in the U.S. have achieved this distinction.
When advising families about school and program placement options, Steve does not function as a psychologist, therapist or psychological evaluator. Though he will naturally use the background of experience and knowledge he has gained over the years as a psychologist, he is very careful to separate the role of psychologist from that of educational consultant.
Sherry Henig, Ph.D., CEP
Dr. Sherry Henig is an educational consultant with many years’ experience advising teens, young adults and their parents. As an independent associate working with Next Steps: Stephen Migden & Associates, Sherry assists clients with a variety of issues, including autistic spectrum disorders, learning differences, substance abuse problems and emotional, behavioral and psychiatric concerns.
Sherry is uniquely qualified to work with the families who come to Stephen Migden & Associates. She has a doctorate in clinical psychology from The Catholic University of America and a postdoctoral diploma in child and adolescent psychotherapy from Adelphi University. She has 35 years of experience working with children, teens, young adults and their families, and she has worked in schools, psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics and private practice. She has worked as a neuropsychologist as well as a psychotherapist. Sherry has written several self-help books for children, teens and their parents on issues including oppositional-defiant behavior, divorce, bedtime fears and social skills.
Related to her work as an educational consultant, Sherry travels extensively throughout the country to personally visit schools and programs. She travels very frequently, often several times per month, and has personally site visited over 300 schools and programs. She also regularly attends professional conferences and pursues continuing education to enhance her work as an educational consultant.
Sherry is a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants' Association, and she has earned the distinction of being a Certified Educational Planner.
Sherry helps families locate a variety of settings, including independent day schools, traditional boarding schools, therapeutic boarding schools, therapeutic wilderness programs, psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment centers, young adult transitional and independent living programs, substance abuse programs and sober living programs.
When advising families about school and program placement options, Sherry does not function as a psychologist, therapist or psychological evaluator. Though she will naturally use the background of experience and knowledge she has gained over the years as a psychologist, she is very careful to separate the role of psychologist from that of educational consultant.
Jeff Dvorak. M.Ed.
Jeff comes to educational and therapeutic placement consultation from a rich and varied background. He started his career as a field guide and then a supervisor at one of the country’s first therapeutic wilderness programs. Next, he served as a program director at an acclaimed therapeutic boarding school. Jeff has also been a teacher, a college counselor and a school administrator in a number of public school settings, including San Francisco and Massachusetts. An avid rock climber and skier who has traveled widely, Jeff spent one year as the assistant principal at a boarding school for at-risk youth in England. He is a graduate of the University of Montana and the University of Massachusetts, and an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants’ Association.
Jeff has expertise in many aspects of educational and therapeutic placement advising, and as an independent associate for Next Steps: Stephen Migden & Associates, he can assist you with many kinds of placement needs, including: day schools, boarding schools, therapeutic boarding schools, therapeutic wilderness programs, young adult transitional and independent living programs, substance abuse programs, and college admissions for the special needs student.
Candace, our assistant, has worked in the world of educational consulting, therapeutic boarding schools and therapeutic wilderness programs for almost 20 years. At Next Steps: Stephen Migden & Associates, Candace is the friendly person who answers your phone call. She also does much of the background research on schools and programs, and she handles many of the online activities of Stephen Migden & Associates.
See what our clients are saying
We can't thank you all enough for your help and support you have given to us and our daughter. We are extremely pleased with the Y School - she is really thriving there. We look at where we were a year ago, and where we are now, and the difference is amazing.
– parent of a student who was poorly motivated in her local day school –
Dr. Migden is meticulous and thorough, giving full attention to all relevant details. His professional decorum portrays the deep level of respect that he has for his clients as well as the strong commitment that he has for their greatest well-being. Even during a time of heightened urgency when my son was really struggling, Dr. Migden went above and beyond in order to stay connected with the team while maintaining his signature tone of calm, steady assurance. This allowed me to more clearly navigate through the events as they unfolded. I am so grateful to Dr. Migden for all of the ways he has helped my son, my family, and me.
– parent of a student with emotional and behavior problems –
"We definitely needed the services of an Educational Consultant, and we are very pleased with all of Dr. Migden's services, knowledge, caring, etc."
– parent of a student with a learning disability –
Dr. Migden was a godsend when we were far from home and facing a crisis. His knowledge and experience helped us through a difficult time and led us down the first steps of a new path.
– parent of a student with serious behavior and substance abuse problems –
M is doing very well in adjusting to the D School. I think it is a great fit for M. Thanks for your help.
– parent of a student with serious behavior problems problems –
As usual, it was very comforting to speak with you. I am glad that you understand S's issues and my extra anxiety as we are dealing with a different culture.
– parent of an international student placed in a special schools –
We have been continually impressed by Dr. Migden's thoroughness and accessibility. Despite a demanding schedule, Dr. Migden was immediately willing to arrange and re-arrange conference calls, make phone calls, travel a distance to do an on-site evaluation, write any letter we requested, and accomplish all of these tasks promptly and more than competently. We have learned a great deal from Dr. Migden, are in a far stronger position to advocate for our child as a result of our association with Dr. Migden, and look forward to continuing our collaboration with him.
– parent of a child with serious psychiatric illness –
The freshman year is over in three weeks and A has done wonderfully in all aspects of her school life: from pure academics to friendships, from self-advocacy to sports participation. Most importantly is that she realizes it and would not have her high school experience any other way. Thanks for your continued interest.
– parent of a student with a learning disability –
I want to thank you for the support and advice you have given our family. This past week spent with our son at T has shown us the great strides he has made as a result of the foundation laid down by the T staff. I truly believe that the decision to send him there was the best one that could have been made.
– parent of a middle school child with High Functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorder and serious behavior problems –
Thank you for the thought and energy you have put into this. The family is lucky to have you as their educational consultant.
– therapist and clinical program manager at a highly regarded residential treatment program –