Joseph Michael Amico, M.Div., LADC-I, CAS

Phone:  603-852-3168 Email: Web site:


M.Div., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

B.A., Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA


Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor I (LADC-I), Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health, License Number 10043

Certified Addictions Specialist (CAS), American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders, Certificate Number 2757 (Alcohol, Drugs, and Sex Addiction)



10/14-Present Pastor, Tabernacle Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Salem, MA

10/11-10/14  Director of Programs and Clinical Services. Jeremiah’s Inn, Worcester, MA

Responsible for the programming and supervision of clinical staff for residential Social Model recovery program

4/10-4/11 National Marketing Coordinator, Santé Center for Healing, Argyle, TX  Represent co-occurring mental health and addictions treatment program at national conferences, leading talks and setting up networking lunches for professionals including therapists, medical doctors, and lawyers on a variety of addiction topics. 

2009-2010 Senior Consultant, Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro, VT Time-limited contract consultant for one of the oldest psychiatric hospitals in the nation

2/05-7/09 Vice President, Alternatives, Inc. Clinical Supervisor, Rainbow Bridge Community Services

Responsible for Program Development for national mental health and addiction treatment facilities serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population

1999-2005 Private Counseling and Consulting Practice, Phoenix, AZ

1989-1999 Pride Institute, Eden Prairie, MN

1989-1994 - Primary Counselor & Spiritual Consultant

1994-1996 - Senior Counselor

1996-1999 - Executive Director for residential and satellite outpatient addictions programs with national reputation for serving the LGBTQ population

1988-1989 Program Director, Volunteers of America, Boston, MA

Responsible for all facets of long term residential addictions program for older adolescents

1985-1987 Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Oshkosh, WI

Administrative responsibilities for 750-member church; served as Chaplain for the Oshkosh Police Department 

1983-1985 Chaplain, Parkview Lodge of Wisconsin, Edgerton, WI

Conducted Spirituality groups and 5th steps for adolescents 



“Addressing a Quadruple Diagnosis: Complicated issues for gay men require careful assessment and treatment planning”, Addiction Professional, July-August 2011

“From ‘Party and Play’ to ‘Clean and Sober’: Setting sexual boundaries becomes an integral part of drug treatment for gay men addicted to meth”, Addiction Professional, Vol. 4, No. 1, January/February 2006

“Clergy & Sexual Boundaries: Addiction & Sexual Orientation Issues”, Addiction Professional, Nov 2004

“Healing from Spiritual Abuse: Assisting Gay and Lesbian Clients”, Addiction Professional, Vol 1 No 5, September 2003

“‘Pink’ and different: sexuality and addiction”, Addiction Today. Addiction Recovery Foundation, London. March/April 2003 Vol. 15, No 81

“Assessing Sexual Compulsivity/Addiction in Chemically Dependent Gay Men”, Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention.Taylor & Francis, 1997, Vol. 4, No. 4

“Sharing the Secret: The Need for Gay-Specific Treatment”, The Counselor. NAADAC, May/June 1997, Vol. 15, No 3

“Shame and Addiction: The Special Needs of Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Trans-genders”, Phoenix. Minneapolis, Fall 1997



• “What Every Counselor Needs to Know When Working with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Clients” St. Luke's Behavioral Health Center, Progress Valley, Valley Hope Treatment Centers, Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders, Addiction Today Conference (London), UK/European Symposium on Addictive Disorders, American Group Psychotherapy Association; NCAD10, NCAD11, National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Addiction

. “Quadruple Diagnosis in Gay Men”, SASH, Addiction Professional Webinar

• "Healing from Spiritual Abuse: Assisting Clients in their Recovery" NCSAC; Sierra Tucson; SASH

• “Sexual Boundaries for Clergy, Physicians and other Professionals: Addiction and Sexual Orientation Issues” Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders, GLMA, Arizona Council on Sexual Addiction, NCSAC, Arizona Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors

• “Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Is It Truly an Addiction or What Should We Call It?” Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders, GLMA, Sierra Tucson Networking Breakfast Series

• “Growing Up Gay: Not This Way By Choice” Annual Conference on Anti-Violence and Prevention, Marshall, MN; Phoenix Country Day School

• “Gay Sensitive Vs. Gay Affirming Treatment: Who Needs Which?” NAADAC, MN Chemical Dependency Conference, MN Social Services Assn., NLGHA-NALGAP