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Professional Experience

  • BONNIE JAN.,LLC, Roslyn/Oceanside, New York, 2007-current day;
    Director and Group Therapist of social skills support program for children and adults with socialization and behavioral issues, including parent/sibling training. 


  • The Achilles Project, Nassau Community College, Garden City, New York, 2008-current day;
    Counselor and Group Consultant in a college program for the twice-exceptional student.


  • Long Island Psychiatric, Roslyn, New York, 2000-2016;
    Socialization Therapist in private practice; focused on individual and group work with children ages 4-25 with diagnoses including ADHD,  anxiety, bipolar depression, OCD, ODD, and autistic spectrum disorder; coordinator of group program with emphasis on social skills and self esteem. 


  • Jewish Coalition of Special Service (KULANU), Cedarhurst, New York, 1999-2017;
    Creative Arts and Socialization Therapist at therapeutic respite program for multi-disabled children ages 2-22.


  • COOP Services, West Hempstead, New York, 1995-2004;
    Socialization Therapist for practice in group therapy; children ages 5-20.


  • Catholic Charities, Brentwood, New York, 1993-1995;
    Homecare Therapist providing Applied Behavior Analysis therapy (ABA). 


  • New York City Board of Education/Public Health, New York, New York, 1988-1992;
    Director, Consultant, and Trainer for AIDS education awareness program; city-wide/all school districts; elementary through high school in addition to teacher-training workshops.


  • THE KIDS PROJECT, New York, New York; Disability Awareness Program,
    New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Mental Disabilities; 1981-1988; Disability Awareness Specialist.


  • RICHMOND FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL; London, England; 1977-1980; 
    Deputy Warden of Holly House half-way house treatment center for schizophrenic adolescents.

Conferences and Colloquia

  • “Our House”, an exhibit of children’s art. Long Island Children’s Museum, Garden City, NY.
    Facilitator, Instructor, Curator.  August, 2016.


  • “Childhood Anxiety”, “Through a Woman’s Eyes”, Telecare Network, Channel 29, Cablevision, New York.
    Guest Expert.  2009.


  • “Anger Management and Behavior Problems in Our Children...Where Do We Begin?”; Manhasset SEPTA Chapter and The Manhasset Public Library, Manhasset, New York. 
    Workshop Presenter. 2009.


  • “She Who Laughs Last and Lighten Up”; Women’s Health Resources, Calgary Health Region, Alberta, Canada.
    Workshop Presenter. 2008.


  • Cooperative Play Therapy for Parents and Children; Long Island Jewish Hospital Systems, New Hyde Park, New York.  Presenter. 2007.

  • Creative Therapy for the Special Child; Farmingdale/Massapequa Public Schools, Farmingdale, New York.
    Presenter. 2007


  • “Together We Will”… Collaborate to Build Language, Communication, and Relationships to Meet the Needs of Young Children; Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Early Childhood, Career & Adult Education; Connecticut Department of Public Health; Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC); Connecticut Division for Early Childhood (DEC); Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF); 
    Co-keynote speaker and workshop presenter. 2006.

  • Common Connections; Aspergers Foundation International, New York, New York;
    Interactive parent/child/family all day workshop presenter. 2005.


  • Make This THE Year: Teaching, Creativity, and The Classroom; Faculty Development Day, 
    Bradford Public Schools, Bradford, CT;
    Co-keynote. 2004.


  • Creative Teaching Techniques for the Public School Teacher; CEC Conference; Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York. Presenter. 2003.

  • Girls in Popular Culture: Gender and Diversity; Indian Mountain School, Lakeville, CT.
    Workshop presenter. 2003.


  • Behavioral Strategies for the Special Child; RoslynPublic Schools, Roslyn, New York.
    Presenter. 2003.


  • Lighten Up! Humor and Stress Reduction; CT. Department of Social Services, Hartford, CT.
    Workshop presenter. 2002.


  • R.A.A.F., Long Island, New York. Art & Performance Festival.
    Founder. 1993-2001.


  • Where Do We Go Next? Socialization Opportunities; The David Center, Westbury, New York.
    Presenter. 2000.


  • "Lasting Laughs: Humor and Aging"; Channel 30; Farmington, CT; taped television interview.
    Interviewee 1997.


  • "Working Mothers and Humor"(with Florence Henderson); Sonya Live, CNN, NYC, New York. Live television broadcast. Interviewee 1994.

  • Creative Arts and The Classroom; Borough Manhattan Community College;
    School of Visual Arts; Parson’s School of Design; 
    NYC, New York.
    Presenter. 1986-88.


  • “Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome” Project; University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee. 
    Researcher and demonstrator. 1988.


  • “American World”, International University of Japan with Queens College, NYC, New York. 
    Demonstrator. 1987. 


  • Tiger Heart Productions: “Domestic Violence Live Project”; NYC Board of Education, Channel 25, NYC, New York.
    Project Director.  1986.




  • Certificates of Completion, Psychotherapy and Group Dynamics, Richmond Fellowship College, London, England. 1981.

    • Psycho-education, Universite de Montreal, Montreal, Canada​

    • Family Therapy, University of Wales, Cardiff, Wales

  • B.S. Human and Community Services, Empire State College, State University of New York. 1980.

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