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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 and State Liaisons Coordinator: Jennifer LeFebre, PsyD, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor™ Dr. LeFebre is a clinical psychologist and Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor. She obtained her doctorate at the University of Hartford, and completed her internship and postdoctoral training at the Astor Home for Children. Her clinical and research interests center on the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults and families whose lives have been impacted by complex trauma. She has extensive experience working with young children (0-5), adult survivors of severe childhood abuse and neglect, first responders, and combat veterans. Dr. Lefebre is the clinical director at Healing the Child Within, a holistic trauma center in New Hartford, Connecticut which integrates psychotherapy, play therapy, sensory strategies, and yoga into the treatment of complex trauma. 

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


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: 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.

Board Member: Kerri Anderson, MA, LMFT, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor™ - Kerri Anderson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She has many years of experience working with individuals and families with a variety of struggles, with a special interest in behavioral challenges in children. She is also passionate about helping parents navigate a gentle, compassionate, connected and playful approach to parenting utilizing play based approaches combined with her Internal Family Systems training. Kerri received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University and is the owner of Anderson Counseling and Wellness, PLLC located in New Milford, CT. In addition to her time with clients, Kerri also enjoys working with other therapists providing supervision and consultations, developing trainings and giving workshops on Play Based Family Therapy, as well as teaching in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy.

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