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President: Julie Nash, Ph.D., Registered Play Therapist Supervisor - Dr. Nash is a licensed clinical psychologist and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She obtained her Ph.D. at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and completed her internship and postdoctoral residency at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut. Dr. Nash is the author of multiple book chapters on play therapy, with an interest in the development of social skills and using play therapy to treat social skills deficits. She has presented at national and international conferences on play therapy and has been trained in using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to work with children facing the results of a variety of traumas. The former Foster Care Clinic Coordinator and Training Director of the postdoctoral residency at the Community Health Center, Dr. Nash is now in private practice and teaching graduate level classes in play therapy. Dr. Nash is the owner of Riverside Psychological Associates, LLC in Centerbrook, Connecticut, where she provides individual and family therapy sessions for people across the age range. 

President-Elect: Ines Schroeder, PsyD, RPT-S has been a clinical psychologist in the state of CT since 1999. She received her doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and completed her internship with the Village for Families and Children in Hartford, CT. She obtained her Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor certification in 1999. She opened her private practice in April of 2000 and has maintained this as her principal employment through the years. Therapy using the Adlerian theoretical approach is her primary focus with recognition of the need to tailor the services to the needs of the individual clients. The key focus of her work consists of assessments for various community agencies and significantly with the child protection courts around the state. She provides services for adults and children using play therapy primarily. She has been qualified as an expert in forensic psychology and services for family and children numerous times in several different courts across the state. She has taught as an adjunct professor at the graduate level in psychology at the University of Hartford since 2006. The primary focus of courses taught reflects her expertise in play therapy, assessment, supervision, and ethics.

Secretary: Joyce Stratton, M.Ed., MS, LCMHC, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor - Joyce is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor. She specializes in working with children and adolescents with complicated profiles. She is trained in integrating play therapy with evidence based approaches such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy and EMDR. Joyce received her Masters of Special Education from Plymouth State University and her Masters of Science in Community Mental Health from The Southern New Hampshire University. In addition to being a LCMHC, Joyce also is Certified in Special Education and School Counseling by the New Hampshire Department of Education. 

Treasurer: Pam Schubert-Gilbert, LCPC, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor - Pam is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has been working with children and families for 23 years. In addition to her clinical license, she is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and Certified in EMDR. She obtained her Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston in 1994. Pam has worked in a variety of clinical settings and through her work she has gained expertise in working with individuals of all ages. She was a clinician at The Children's Assessment Center and provided treatment to children and adults who were victims of sexual abuse. In addition, she worked at an outpatient addiction treatment center addressing trauma by utilizing EMDR. She has been a mental health consultant for Head Start for 12 years, providing early childhood expertise to teachers, administrators and parents. She has spent 14 years training and supervising mental health professionals in Play Therapy. 

Board Member & Conference Coordinator: Woody Belt, MA, School Based-Registered Play Therapist - Working with over 250 Pk-6th grade students in a Northern Vermont elementary school, Woody Belt’s title is that of School Counselor. Recognizing the mental health needs of his students and the lack of resources for students and families, he worked toward and became the first School Based Registered Play Therapist in Vermont. Prior to his present position, Woody has worked in a variety of fields such as adventure education and therapeutic wilderness before determining work in a school setting was a good fit, at least for now. He can be heard saying he still does not know what he wants to be when he grows up. When not in the school setting, Woody loves to spend time with his partner and their child engaged in all sorts of travel and outdoor adventures. It is family that keeps him grounded.

Board Member & State Liaisons Coordinator: Casey Lumb, MSW, LICSW, Registered Play Therapist™ - Casey is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist™ from Providence, Rhode Island. She earned her Masters in Social Work from Rhode Island College School of Social Work in 2013. A professional circus performer since 2010, she received a Certificate in Level 2 Circus Arts Therapy® in 2014 by Carrie Heller, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist™. Casey works with individuals, groups, and families in her private practice, Providence Play Therapy. She uses play therapy and circus arts including juggling, hula hooping, balancing, partner yoga, theatrics, and more for creative expression, healing trauma, increasing self-esteem, and building social-emotional and self-regulation skills. In addition, she is an Associate Faculty at Post University teaching coursework such as Environment for Play for students pursuing their Bachelor's degree in Child Studies. She is currently working toward her goal to become a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor to help others become Registered Play Therapists.

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