Melvin C. McDowell MSW, LMSW, CFLE

As a Flint, Michigan native, Melvin C. McDowell Jr., MSW, LMSW, CFLE, obtained his associates degree from Mott Community College and his bachelor’s degree in family life education from Spring Arbor University. He earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the prestigious University of Southern California. Mr. McDowell began his journey in the human services field over 16 years ago working at agencies such as Planned Parenthood with a group called Teen Scenes. It was in this role that he put on skits, plays, and presentations for children and teens of all ages concerning life skills, good touch bad touch, stranger danger, communication, HIV/AIDS, STI’s/STD’s, and sexual education. He later worked for several years in the school system with children who were in special education and has also worked with juvenile offenders in a residential setting. He served five years at Community Mental Health with families who have children with severe emotional disturbances.
While contracting as a clinical therapist working with teens and adults, Mr. McDowell has focused on helping people overcome trauma, depression, anxiety, grief & loss, and some childhood disorders. Mr. McDowell also is the owner and Clinical Director at McDowell Healing Arts Center (MHAC), in Saginaw, Michigan. Through MHAC, Mr. McDowell not only works with youth and young adults, but he has extended his reach to adults who have challenges with weight management, eating disorders, and specifically those who are seeking counseling pre and post bariatric surgery, as Mr. McDowell is a Bariatric patient himself and has had great success.
Mr. McDowell is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) through the Council of Family Relations. He’s studied applied behavior analysis and is currently taking coursework in Psychology. He is also a Social Work Professor for the University of Michigan – Flint. Mr. McDowell is dedicated to the helping profession and ultimately helping people to heal from past and current hurts.