Cheryl Kasper, MSW, LCSW
Cheryl Kasper received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Monmouth University then went on to receive her Master of Social Work Degree from Rutgers University in 1996. She is currently a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Cheryl is currently a member of the Ocean County Traumatic Loss Coalition.
Cheryl has been working with children and adolescents for over 20 years. She began her career as a counselor at Ocean’s Harbor House where she worked with adolescents who were runaways, in crisis, and abused. During that time, she became certified through the Sexual Abuse & Assault Program at St. Francis Counseling Center in Brant Beach, NJ.
Cheryl has extensive training in crisis intervention. She worked at Kimball Medical Center- Psychiatric Emergency Screening Service (PESS) as a Psychiatric Screener and Child/Family Clinician for over 9 years. She holds many certifications in crisis and emergency response.
Cheryl worked for 14 years in the Jackson Township School District as a School Social Worker for the Child Study Team. She was also on the District’s Crisis Team.
Cheryl is also the owner of Ocean County Yoga 4 Kids. She believes that children require an outlet involving yoga, movement, and art. Many of the instructors are Masters Level Social Workers who infuse social skills lessons into each class. This enables children and adolescents to become more confident, improve concentration, focus and self esteem. More information can be found at http://www.oceancountyyoga4kids.com/
Cheryl specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults with Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Trauma, Emotional/Behavioral Issues, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, Grief, and an array of other mental health issues. She is trained in Sand Play Therapy, Neurofeedback, EMDR and Hypnotherapy.
Cheryl is the owner and operator of Cheryl Kasper, LCSW and Associates, Ocean County Social Skills and Yoga 4 Kids.
Meet the Team
Cheryl Kasper, LCSW and Associates & Ocean County Social Skills has a fantastic team of qualified and dedicated professionals!
We are here to meet your needs and assist you.
Christine Malinowski MSW, LSW
Christine received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Elementary Education from Kean University of New Jersey and went on to receive her Masters of Social Work Degree from Monmouth University in 2001. She is a Certified as a New Jersey Teacher of Elementary Education, a Certified School Social Worker and a Licensed Social Worker. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Christine began her career over 22 years ago and has worked extensively with Families and Children throughout Ocean County. As a Residential Group Home and Case Manager with the Division of Developmental Disabilities State of New jersey, she was a Certified Prevention Intervention Specialist for adults with disabilities. She interned with the Ocean County Family Crisis Intervention Unit where she provided support to teens transitioning back into their homes and community from Residential Treatment Facilities. As a Family Social Worker and Site Supervisor for Head Start Preschool in Toms River, Christine provided In Home Needs Assessments for low income, at risk families with vulnerable young children.
Christine is a Certified Systematic Training for Effective Parenting Group Leader for the Toms River based Positive Parents Program. Christine is a Parent Educator and provides a Therapeutic Parents Group for Families raising children ages Preschool through Teen. She also coordinates an after school Social Skills Elementary School Aged Group at the Toms River Youth Services. Christine has also been volunteering as a Mental Health Social Worker with Camp Noah, a Disaster Relief Summer Program for children and families affected by Hurricane Sandy, since 2012.
Christine currently works for Toms River Regional Schools. Initially she was the District’s Elementary Substance Abuse Coordinator, and then went on to become a School Social Worker for Special Services where she has worked in the Preschool, Elementary and Intermediate Schools. Christine provides assessments to determine the bio- psychosocial needs of students with cognitive, emotional, behavioral, developmental and educational disabilities.
Brittany Kieslor MSW, LSW
Brittany received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of Tampa then went on to receive her Masters of Social Work Degree from Monmouth University with a specialization in Clinical Practice with Children and Families. She is currently a New Jersey Licensed Social Worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers along with Association for Play Therapy. Brittany worked with Children on the Autism Spectrum for many years as an ABA Instructor for Xanadu Behavior Therapy.
Brittany interned as a Social Worker at Barnabas Behavioral Health Short Term Care Unit in which she strengthened her clinical skills especially in diagnosis. Brittany has also worked for the Community YMCA as an Outpatient Clinician working with children 3 to 18 years old in agency offices and elementary schools. She provided individual counseling such as play therapy to children (ages 3-12) and counseling for adolescents (ages 13-18).
Brittany currently works in the Brick Township Public School District as a social worker for the Child Study Team. She previously worked in the RISE Academy for at-risk teens in the Brick Township Public School District.
Brittany uses a strengths-based, client-centered and solution focused method. Moreover, her experiences include social skills training, parent training for children with challenging behaviors and family therapies to help rebuild toxic relationships. Brittany is trained in Play Therapy, Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy, and Sand Play Therapy. She has experience working with children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Attachment Problems, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and diverse forms of trauma.
Addie King, LAC
Addie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Sociology and a minor in Psychology from Rowan University in 2007. She then went on to work with adult clients at Ocean Mental Health Services as a case manager until 2010. This is when she decided to attend graduate school at Monmouth University to become a Mental Health Counselor. Addie returned to Ocean Mental Health Services where she completed her internships at the Crisis Diversion Program. She graduated with a Master Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2013.
Addie previously worked as an outpatient clinician and in-home therapist, counseling children and adolescents referred through NJ Children’s System of Care. She currently works as a caseworker and counselor at a local adoption agency where she works with birth-parents, adoptee’s and adoptive families through the adoption process.
Addie’s utilizes a client-centered approach to counseling, while developing and building upon a client’s strengths. She realizes that each client is unique and tailors treatment to fit the individual. Addie is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from The Cares Institute of Rowan University. Addie has experience working with children and adults with Depression, ADHD, Anxiety, Trauma, Bipolar Disorder and those struggling with various life transitions.
Fallon Jenner MSW, LSW
Fallon graduated from Monmouth University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work. She specialized in Clinical Practice with Children and Families and is passionate about advocacy, policy reform, and community development. Throughout her studies she focused on the impact and effects of trauma and bullying on individuals and families.
She is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of New Jersey and an active member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Fallon has 5+ years of experience providing care management services to youth and families struggling with mental health, behavioral, substance abuse, and/or developmental needs. She runs a Girl’s Empowerment Group focusing on self-esteem and self-worth for pre-teen and teenage girls. Fallon is a seasoned clinician. She is empathic, compassionate and professional. She respects the therapeutic boundaries between therapist and client. Fallon has an extensive knowledge of resources available in the community and will make recommendations if and when appropriate.
Fallon practices cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, strengths based, and person-centered approaches. She specializes in anxiety and depression.
Sara Abbatiello MSW, LSW
Sara E. Abbatiello is a Licensed Social Worker who received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Social Work from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Children, Family, and Youth. She then went on to further her studies at Monmouth University where she received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work Practice with Children and Families. During this time she dedicated herself to trauma specific therapy focusing on the impact of domestic violence on children. She also completed field work in the area of private adoption working with both birth parents and adoptive families.
Sara comes to us with much experience through the Care Management Organization where she managed children within the NJ System of Care, conducted home visits, assessed mental health status, completed assessments, and facilitated treatment team meetings. Currently, she holds the title of Play Therapist through the Catholic Charities PALS program and conducts outpatient therapy at Preferred Center for Children and Families.
Sara is trained in both Sand and Play therapy and utilizes Creative Arts modalities in practice
Brittany LaFemina, MSW, LSW
Brittany received her Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Psychology from the University of Tampa. She then went on and received her Masters of Social Work from Monmouth University with a concentration in Clinical Practice with Children and Families. She was an active member of the Phi Alpha Social Work Honors Society. She is currently a New Jersey Licensed Social Worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She is also trained in Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security (CPI) for children and adolescents.
Brittany is very passionate about mental health awareness and maintaining one’s mental health. She interned through Ocean Mental Health Services at their adolescent partial care program, where she provided group therapy and support counseling for adolescents experiencing diagnosed chronic mental illnesses. During that internship, she created and implemented a self-awareness and acceptance group for LGBTQ youth to process their issues they experience on a daily basis. She also interned at Princeton House’s inpatient psychiatric hospital on the involuntary and dual diagnosis wing. She provided assessments, group therapy, support counseling, risk assessments, and crisis stabilization to adults in active crises and/or with persistent and chronic mental health issues, while strengthening her clinical skills in symptom identification and diagnosis.
Brittany has also worked at an adolescent partial care program, where she provided adolescents experiencing chronic mental health issues with individual and group therapy. She is also working as a Clinician at the CREST program through Ocean Mental Health Services, providing risk assessments and crisis stabilization to adults throughout Ocean County.
Brittany’s preferred treatment modality utilizes a humanistic, therapist-client focused, solution-focused, and psychodynamic approach to treatment. She believes everyone is capable of resiliency and change and that a client’s treatment should be individualistic. She also believes there is no “one size fits all” approach to treatment and actively reinforces a safe and welcoming therapeutic environment. She is passionate about, and has done extensive research on attachment-based issues, Reactive Attachment Disorder in children who formerly resided in the foster care system; and the origins and treatment modalities for people experiencing Psychosis and creatively-based interventions utilized in the therapeutic environment.
Additionally, she has experience working with varying age populations, as well as adolescents and adults with ADHD, Anxiety, Attachment-based issues, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorders, Grief-related issues, LGBTQ youth, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Personality Disorders, Post-partum Psychosis, Relationship-based issues, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, Self-esteem issues, Self-injurious behaviors, Substance use, and varying forms of childhood, adolescent, and adulthood trauma and abuse.
Katie Smaldone MSW, LSW
Katie attended Monmouth University for both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Social Work with a specialization in Clinical Practice with Children and Families. Katie is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of New Jersey.
Katie interned with the Child Study Team at Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School. It is there that she enhanced her counseling skills and ability to build relationships with younger clients. Katie worked with adolescents who had various concerns ranging from anxiety, school phobia, depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, suicidal ideation, social skills deficits, as well as many other concerns. She also has experience interning for Monmouth University’s Community Garden, and Waters and Sims Employment Services. Within these two placements, Katie worked exclusively with adults and teens and enhanced her ability to work with those populations as well.
With experience working with children, adolescents, and adults of various backgrounds and diagnoses, Katie welcomes a diverse range of clients.
Kristen Cladek MSW, LSW
Kristen graduated at the top of her class with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Georgian Court University in May 2014. She graduated from Fordham University with her Master’s Degree in Social Work. Kristen has worked with children and teens in a variety of ways, including having interned as a counselor at a school for children and adults ages five to twenty-one with behavioral and developmental disabilities. She has worked with the State of New Jersey in the Division of Disability Services. Kristen is currently working at LADACIN Networks Lehmann Center in their adult program. She is also trained in SandPlay therapy. Kristen is the Program Director for Ocean County Social Skills.
Michael Caponetto, M.A.
Michael received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Kean University of New Jersey. He then went on to graduate with a Master’s Degree in School Counseling, also from Kean University, in 2015. Michael is a Certified School Counselor for grades K-12.
Michael has been working for more than a decade with children and adolescents in various capacities, which includes having interned in two of Toms River School District Elementary School’s guidance departments. He has also served as an interm guidance counselor at Hooper Avenue Elementary during the 2016-2017 school year. In a separate setting Michael has been employed since 2014 as a Counselor for the Toms River Township Recreation Department Summer Camp program. Currently he is working for Source4Teachers through Toms River Regional Schools as a Substitute teacher for the elementary and intermediate schools.
Michael also dedicates his time to co-facilitating elementary, middle, and high school social skills groups at Ocean County Social Skills.
Meredith Cook, Office Manager
Meredith manages the office and does all the billing. She is the glue that holds the office together!
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