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Maria A. Geraci Play Therapy Cognitivo-Comportamentale
Maria Geraci
Development and Education Psychologist, Psychotherapist CBT, PhD, Rome, Italy

Maria Geraci holds a specialization in CBT Psychotherapy at the Humanitas School of Specialization in Rome (LUMSA University), a University Specialization in Psychological Assessment at the Sapienza University of Rome and a MA in Play Therapy at the International Academy for Play Therapy in Lugano. She specialized in CBT psychotherapy with a case study of child depression treated with CBPT.

For 16 years she has been working in schools as a school psychologist dealing with behavioral, educational and organizational analysis and intervention. For 10 years as a CBT psychotherapist she has been dealing with cognitive-behavioral aspects related to Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

She is the author of several publications, national and international articles on issues related to Neurodevelopment Disorders, Coping, emotional resources of children with learning disabilities and promotion of resilience.

She is a LUMSA adjunct professor at the LUMSA University, Coordinator and Professor of the School of Psychotherapy Humanitas, Professor at Roma Capitale and trainer of various school prevention projects on issues involving developmental psychology and educational psychopathology and psychology.

She is currently Head Psychologist of the Neurological Disorders Assessment Service at the Istituto Clinico Interuniversitario of Consorzio Universitario Humanitas.

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Susan M. Knell
Clinical Psychologist, , Phd, LLC. Cleveland Ohio

Susan M. Knell, holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Case Western Reserve University) and an MA in Developmental Psychology ( Ohio State University).  She is the author of the book, “Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy” (Jason Aronson, 1993), which is used internationally and was published in Italian in 1998.

She was the first to study and write about the application of cognitive-behavioral therapy in young children. In addition to her book, she has published many chapters in edited books on play therapy, including a recent chapter on the treatment of young children with anxiety disorders. She has lectured throughout the United States on Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy with preschool and early school-age children.

As a clinical psychologist, she has provided assessment and therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults for over 25 years. In addition to her clinical practice, she has extensive experience in research and in the training and development of other mental health professionals.

She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve, where she supervises and teaches graduate students in the Department of Psychological Sciences. 

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Francesca Pergolizzi
Psychologist, Psychotherapist CBT, PhD, Milan, Italy

Francesca Pergolizzi graduated in Philosophy at the University of Messina, and specialized in Psychology at University of Milan. 

Since 1989 she has been conducting psychotherapy interventions for minors and adolescents in difficulty, and for families who have to face complex parenting.        The clinical approach she uses is third generation cognitive behavioral.

She has been particularly interested in the management of clinical relationship with young children, using play from the perspective of cognitive behavioral play therapy (CBPT) and the perspective of Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and the involvement of parents with awareness paths. 

Her teaching activity was mainly aimed at training psychotherapist psychologists, with the aim of transferring knowledge and intervention skills, acquired and matured in the course of her own research and professional experience in the field of childhood and adolescent psychotherapy.

She is professor and supervisor of the ASCoC Quadrennial School of Psychotherapy recognized by MIUR, based in Lamezia Terme; Professor and supervisor of the Quadrennial School of Developmental and Adolescent Psychotherapy Humanitas, recognized by MIUR, based in Milan; Professor, supervisor and head of ‘Academy of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, Quadrennial School of Psychotherapy recognized by MIUR, based in Parma. Professor of the Four-year School of Human Research Psychotherapy recognized by MIUR at the Cusanus Academy in Bressanone. Furthermore, since 2004 she has been professor and supervisor of the Master “The analysis of behavior: theoretical-methodological and applicative aspects”. She is the ACT Italia special group contact (ACT for Kids).

In addition to having translated the CBPT manual by S. M. Knell into Italian in 1998, she has several national and international publications on Mindfulness with children and parents, on psychological therapies with cognitive behavioral orientation in developmental age and on contextualist developments in behavioral therapy.

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