Steven E. Handwerker Ph.D. D. Div received his doctorate degree from New York University, and post-doctoral certification from Hofstra University. He is licensed in psychology in N.Y. (’84), Florida (’96) and South Dakota (2000) and Vermont (2016).  He began his practice as head of Psychological Services at "The Wholistic Health Center" in Manhasset N.Y., an institution that he helped found and develop into a college offering degrees in the study of Alternative medicine, now located in Syosset, N.Y. now has over 35 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. Since 1997,  he has been the Founder and Chairperson for the International Association for the Advancement of Human Welfare, Inc a 501-c-3 not for profit. The organization enters its nineteenth year and its direction and purpose is to teach and promote those values that promote peace on an individual, community and national level. Dr. Handwerker was the first Chairman of Membership for the Division of Peace Psychology of the American Psychological Association, and began the Spirituality and Humanitarian Practices Working Group in that Division in 1996. He is a member of the Scientific and Professional Board for the National Center for Crisis Management, a division of Homeland Security. His work to create paradigms for peace since 1996 have been in the arena of fostering humanitarian and sustainable interventions in devastated communities and building interFaith dialogue and harmony within and between the Faiths in order to create more stability in communities. To enhance his efficacy in the peace building and conflict resolution arenas he became a Licensed Supreme Court Mediator(2000).  As a corporate consultant, in working with groups; assisting PIs and Security Professionals to better detect, intervene and prevent work place violence and addiction issues since 1970.
He has authored two books and many articles on Peace Psychology and lectures regularly at APA conventions (over 150 in the past 20 years) as well as at local colleges and interfaith organizations. His lectures focus on Peace, Humanitarian and Sustainable Interventions and Paradigms and Humanistic Psychology. Dr. Handwerker is a practitioner of Tang Soo Do Karate and has attained a fifth degree black belt. He is a Reiki master and serves an international Reiki Healing Circle. He and his wife Michelle have been married for 4 decades and have two children Diana and Lucas, both of whom are engaged in healing and peace building professions.



                Mission Statement

The International Association for the Advancement of Peace,is a not-for-profit organization, created to promote those

values actions and policies that enhance intrapersonal, interpersonal, community and societal peace.  The Association

utilizes multidisciplinary, multicultural and multidimensional paradigms and models of support to build stable and

sustainable environments that humanly encompass all citizens. We support resiliency models for all helping agents and

agencies who do this work on any and all levels.  IAAP builds upon the knowledge of many peace building fields and

presents this knowledge through a biannual newsletter; lectures;seminars; conferences; workshops; as well as continuing

education and home study courses.


      The International Association for the Advancement of

                                           Human Welfare





Michelle Handwerker Ph.D. LMT CAAT, has a doctorate with high honors in Wholistic Nutrition from the Clayton College of Natural Health.  She is an advanced practitioner of Amma Therapeutic Massage, licensed in massage in N.Y. and practicing since 1976.  She was one of eight people who was personally trained by the creator of the art Tina Sohn, a "healing sensitive."  Her study and training was as an apprentice to Mrs. Sohn from 1971-1988 a very long and intimate relationship that involved study on many levels and much inner work. 

Dr. Handwerker holds a black belt in Tang Soo Do karate;  Her Ph.D. dissertation is entitle "Balance is Health, the multidimensional nature of healing and health"