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Kelly Amrhein, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow
Theresa Gabby, LSCW, School Social Worker
Theresa Baker Gabby, LCSW has spent her career helping children and families. During years as a social worker in Chicago Public Schools and at a therapeutic school, Theresa has helped many children facing a wide array of challenges. Having used various research-based interventions to service students with Selective Mutism in schools, Theresa looked to further her learning and expertise by participating in Adventure Camp in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Currently, Theresa is a school social worker in Skokie, IL. During her summers off, Theresa provides group therapy services at ATS. Theresa has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with emphasis in school social work and children/families. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Saint Norbert College. In addition to holding LCSW credentials, Theresa is certified as an alcohol and drug counselor by the State of Illinois and as trauma specialist by the National Institute of Trauma and Loss in Children.
Carmen M. Tumialan Lynas, Ph.D. - Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Lynas received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Palo Alto University in CA. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Northwestern University Medical School's Stone Institute of Psychiatry and her post-doctoral fellowship at Shared Vision Psychological Services, treating both children and adults. Motivated by her passion to help children and families coping with selective mutism, Dr. Lynas founded Advanced Therapeutic Solutions (ATS), which houses the Selective Mutism Program and aims to provide appropriate and effective selective mutism treatment. With the launch of Adventure Camp in 2011, Dr. Lynas became the first in the nation to replicate Dr. Steven Kurtz's Brave Buddies Selective Mutism intensive program, making this innovative treatment available in the Chicago area for the first time. At ATS, Dr. Lynas provides cognitive behavioral therapy, parent training, teacher training, and specialized consultation to therapists who seek to learn how to treat selective mutism, as well as running Adventure Camp yearly. Known for her work, Dr. Lynas provides school in-service trainings, specialist school consultations, school interventions, and school district-approved assessments of children with selective mutism.
Dr. Lynas’s mission is to increase awareness, increase availability of effective treatment, train clinicians and teachers, and decrease the number of children and their families who suffer for longer than they should. “Sometimes this means we have to think out of the box, because exposure therapy involves more than just treatment in the office. I don’t want to think about what can or can’t be done within the constraints of one’s resources, I want to think about what can be done to increase the effectiveness of one’s resources. We teach our children to use their brave and gain exposure to what’s not comfortable for them; the same applies for the clinician. I teach clinicians and teachers to step out of their comfort zone and apply techniques that aren’t traditional in their setting. But the more we do it, the easier it will get, and the easier it gets, the more we’ll do it, which in the end will benefit all children.”
Cathleen O'Leary M.A., LPC, NCCC
Cathleen (Cate) O'Leary earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her practicum and internship at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Illinois where she worked as a school counselor. As a school counselor, she specialized in working with students who struggled academically due to social and emotional issues. Her professional experience also includes working as a hospice counselor where she provided anticipatory grief and loss counseling for patients, families, and caregivers. Cate was an Adventure Camp counselor in 2013, 2014, and 2015. She joins ATS' clinical team as a part-time therapist accruing her licensure hours to turn her provisional LPC licensed into a full LCPC license. In addition to providing part-time hours at ATS, Cate continues her role as a job coach for both high school and adult transition students with developmental and emotional disabilities. She provides on-site vocational training and counseling for students who may also have co-existing issues such as obsessive compulsive disorder or selective mutism. Cate feels passionate about providing a safe and nurturing environment for children and adolescents so they may grow and develop to their full potential.
Robin Kondrat, M.S., CCLS earned her master’s degree in Family and Child Studies from Texas State University; additionally, she holds a Child Life Specialist Certificate. Robin completed her internship at Rockford Memorial Hospital in the pediatric and pediatric intensive care unit. During her time there, she provided distraction techniques, medical-play therapy, and assisted families in coping with the challenges of hospitalization, illness, and disability. Upon completing her studies, Robin worked in the non-profit sector in the Head Start Program, providing services to children and families living in poverty. She has experience in the classroom as a teacher as well as out of the classroom working with the parents of young children. Robin served as an advocate for families and provided them with developmentally centered parenting skills to support the healthy growth of their children. Robin joined the ATS team in November 2017 as an Intake Coordinator where she continues to follow her passion of helping children and families. Robin is the caring voice you hear when you call ATS! She conducts phone intakes and management of new referrals. She has trained and participated in Winter Adventure 2018; she will train and participate as an Adventure Camp counselor in 2018.
adventure camp vs traditional therapy
|Adventure Camp||Traditional Therapy|
|$85/hr x 35hrs (5 units are parent guidance)||$150 - $190/hr x 35 hrs|
|$2,975||$5,250 - $6,650|
|1 week (saved 7.25 months of time)||30 weeks (7 1/2 months)|
|See gains quicker||Takes longer to see gains|
Adventure Camp Study Update 2016
We are excited to share that 91% of the 2016 Campers showed improvement in the School Domain from the Baseline measure to the 3-Month Post Camp measure, and 95% of 2016 campers showed improvement in the Public/Social Domain from the Baseline measure to the 3-Month Post Camp measure. Further analyses are to be completed to determine statistical significance and clinical significance of these findings, but here we present to you our preliminary findings to date. Click here to download the power point slides and watch both presentations below.
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