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Children’s Mental Health Instructors


Deborah Schroder, M.S., ATR-BC, LPAT
Deborah Schroder, M.S., ATR-BC, LPAT
Program Director

For much of her career, Deborah has focused her work on providing therapy for children, adolescents and families. She spent several years as a therapist on a inpatient unit, working extensively with children who had…
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Josie Abbenante, ATR-BC, LPAT
Josie Abbenante, ATR-BC, LPAT

Josie Abbenante, is well-known internationally in the art therapy field and provides exceptional sand tray/sandtray trainings. She has served in many capacities with the American Art Therapy Association.…


Natalie Carlton, M.A., ATR-BC, LPCC
Natalie Carlton, M.A., ATR-BC, LPCC

Natalie Carlton, is an avid community artist and dedicated to collaborations with others, including her current project ‘Beautiful Midden’ and the 2011 Art of Order on-site installation. She is also a board certified art…
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Michelle Daly, MSPH, M.A., LPCC, ATR, IMH-E
Michelle Daly, MSPH, M.A., LPCC, ATR, IMH-E

Michelle’s background is diverse and multi-faceted, including studies in mathematics and science as well as public health and expressive arts therapies. She is passionate about early intervention and diversity, working relationally with individuals, families and…


Amy Gearhard, M.S., BCBA
Amy Gearhard, M.S., BCBA

Amy Gearhard is the author of the Interdisciplinary Intervention Model for Autism Spectrum Disorder, which is a comprehensive method that addresses the naturally inseparable needs and challenges individuals on the spectrum face.…
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Geri Glover, Ph.D., LPCC, RPT-S
Geri Glover, Ph.D., LPCC, RPT-S

Geri Glover has been working with children, their parents for over 20 years in education, day treatment programs and mental health clinics. She is a faculty member at NM Highlands University and maintains a…


Judith Lay, Ph.D., LPCC
Judith Lay, Ph.D., LPCC

Judith Lay has been a therapist in the Albuquerque community for over 30 years. She is a registered Play Therapist. She maintains a private practice and is the Play Therapy Supervisor for Las Cumbres Community…
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Natalie Paynter, M.A., LMHC
Natalie Paynter, M.A., LMHC

Natalie Paynter practices as a therapist working with children and families at Teambuilders Counseling Svs. She has worked with youth as a therapist, advocate, and community educator, with a specialization in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and…


Claudia Raphael, LPAT, REAT, LMT, RPP
Claudia Raphael, LPAT, REAT, LMT, RPP

B.A. Sociology, Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross; M.A. Transpersonal Studies Institute of Transpersonal Psychology; M.A. Art Therapy, George Washington UniversityClaudia has worked with young children and families for over 30 years both as an…
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Brian Serna, M.A., LPCC, LADAC
Brian Serna, M.A., LPCC, LADAC

Brian Serna is a nationally recognized trainer in the treatment of addictions. He also facilitates workshops on improving cross-cultural counseling skills, treating co-occurring disorders, ethics and working with adolescents. He is currently the health and…


Sudha Rani Kailas, M.D., Ph.D.
Sudha Rani Kailas, M.D., Ph.D.

Sudha spent her early years adjacent to a Navajo reservation in New Mexico, witnessing double and triple arched rainbows, before moving back to New Orleans, where custom and culture served her well. As she…
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