Founder & President
For 20 years, Michael Chiappone, LCSW, has served his community as a social worker, providing support for those affected by homelessness, mental illness, and Substance Abuse Disorder. Michael spent most of his career working at Hope House Ministries - a highly respected, not-for-profit agency. During his time at Hope House Ministries, he held two integral roles. Michael first acted as the Director of Project Hope II, a program dedicated to addressing the chronic homeless population in the area. From there, he moved on to assist in the development and implementation of Hope Academy, a unique long-term treatment facility to treat individuals suffering from substance abuse. Today, Michael serves as the full-time Coordinator at a SUD treatment facility in Suffolk County, NY.
Michael has always had a passion for education and teaching. He has taught college courses and worked as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook. He led a foundation course, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, and has had the opportunity to develop courses pertaining to the correlation between spirituality and healing from addiction and self-care for social workers. Michael’s determination to educate others and further the social work profession were the building blocks to begin CHI Professional Development, Inc.
CHI Professional Development provides top-of-the-line education courses for social workers using live, interactive webinars and has been approved by the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Association of Social Work Boards as an Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Provider. CHI also maintains its provider status in New York State for Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, and Drug counselors.
Michael now partners with social workers, human services agencies, school administrators, libraries, Civic Associations, and other community organizations to provide educational workshops. Thanks to his extensive knowledge and experience, Michael has been invited to sit on a variety of committees, including the Gordon Heights Clerical Council and the Suffolk County Sheriff Citizen Advisory Board Meetings, and the Suffolk County Opiate Task Force.
Michael has committed his life to engaging others and assisting them in their journey toward becoming the best version of themselves. His comprehensive understanding and practical knowledge in confronting and overcoming obstacles have earned him the prestigious Healthcare Hero award and the IRCares Scholarship Award. He has been blessed beyond measure and believes in passing along his good fortune through education, professional training, and advocating for social justice.