•Yumi Ogawa Ph.D.
Yumi is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at New Jersey City University.  After working with children and their families in Tokyo, Japan as a clinical psychologist,  Yumi came to the United State in order to learn play therapy from Dr. Garry Landreth.  She obtained Ph.D in counseling, specializing in play therapy from University of North Texas. She has an extensive clinical experience providing counseling at school, agency, hospital, private practice and in homes. She is passionate about advocating for children and promoting play therapy. Yumi is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor.

•Jean Georgiou
Jean is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at New Jersey City University.  She is currently a licensed clinician in Private Practice in Chester NJ where works with children, teens, adults, couples, and families.  She has been working with children and adolescents in a variety of settings for over 15 years.  She incorporates diverse strategies to assist those struggling on their journey to achieve a healthier approach to life.  Dr. Georgiou is also an Approved Clinical Supervisor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified in Disaster Mental Health by the American Red Cross.

•Dan Cinotti
Daniel Cinotti, Ph.D. is currently an Assistant Professor at New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan.  During his career as a practicing school counselor, Dan worked at various grade levels in several school districts with diverse student caseloads.  After defending his dissertation entitled The Impact of Aspects of Supervision on School Counselor Self-Efficacy, he became one of the first graduates of the Counselor Education Doctoral Program at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. As a counselor educator, he is an advocate for comprehensive school counseling programs and his research interests include school counselor supervision and professional identity.  Dan has presented at local and national conferences on subjects such as transitioning students from high school to higher education and effective career counseling interventions for underserved student populations.

•Karen Salazar
Karen works with children and families from birth to three to support social/emotional growth and mental health. She enjoys helping young children from at-risk communities develop the coping skills necessary to overcome barriers in their everyday lives. She provides individual and group play therapy sessions, facilitates Child-Parent-Relationship-Training groups, and provides support services to classroom teachers. Karen has a Master's degree in Counseling from New Jersey City University, IMH-E Infant Family Specialist Level II certification and extensive play therapy training and experience. Karen has worked with countless families from diverse backgrounds to define their strengths, understand their needs, and develop attainable goals for a more promising future.

•Ellen Samitt
Ellen is passionate about working with children and families as well as helping promote skills of new counselors. She works to empower children and families overcome personal obstacles to improve their relationships using evidenced-based interventions.  In addition to providing play therapy to children and support services to school staff, she also runs Child-Parent-Relationship-Training groups.  Ellen is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, National Certified Counselor, and Certified School Counselor in the state of New Jersey. She integrates her knowledge to help children and families to problem solve and work towards more positive school and home experiences.  She is part of the New Jersey Pyramid Model Partnership Leadership Team, with the mission of helping children and their families develop social and emotional competence.

•Pradnya Shinde
Pradnya is a graduate student in counseling program at New Jersey city university from more than one and the half year. She completed her bachelor's degree in electronics and communication engineering in Mumbai, India. She is a parent and advocate of her son and represent his special needs and wishes in the school and society. Currently, she is assigned as CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer where she wants to provide social justice to abused and neglected children.  She is planning to become a Registered Play Therapist. Apart from advocacy, she takes pleasure in doing research in the field of play therapy and willing to become advocate for the same in the North East cost of United States.

•Geraldine Lopez
Geraldine completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from New Jersey City University (NJCU). She is a current graduate student in the Masters program in Clinical Mental Health from NJCU. She is interested in learning about resilience development in children and adolescents from the urban population. In addition, she is interested in researching play therapy, group counseling, and psychodrama as positive interventions.

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