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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.…
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Jennifer G. Albright, MA, ATR, LPC/MHSP
Jennifer G. Albright, MA, ATR, LPC/MHSP

Jennifer G. Albright is a registered art therapist, licensed professional counselor, and licensed mental health service provider as well as an artist. She received her undergraduate education at Tulane University and completed her master’s degree…
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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…
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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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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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Laura L. Lansrud-López, M.A., ATR-BC,  LPCC, LPAT
Laura L. Lansrud-López, M.A., ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT

B.A. Liberal Arts, St. John’s College; M.F.S. Forensic Sciences, The George Washington University; M.A. Art Therapy/Counseling, Southwestern College Laura has extensive experience working with adults, children, and families in crisis and survivors of trauma. She has…
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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…
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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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