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​​Counseling & Educational Institute

President & CEO

Mr. Gamble has a long history providing direct intervention for under-achieving and disruptive behavioral students and indirect services to parents, teachers, counselors, principals and other designated persons in the District of Columbia public schools.  He also provides intervention for cognitive behavior and goal oriented treatment for domestic violence, anger management, substance abuse, and social and educational adjustment, and conducts Critical Incident Stress Debriefing’s to companies across the Washington Metropolitan area.

Howard Mabry, PhD 
Clinical Director

Dr. Mabry provides crisis management counseling to military personnel, civil and family members.  He serves as technical expert on troubled employees and provides clinical guidance to management on sensitive situations such as interpersonal relations on the job, job stress violence and bullying in the workplace, medical illness and family problems.  He was a consultant for the Department of Correction Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program and has designed and taught a cognitive behavioral anger management treatment program using techniques to identify the triggering event and recognizing cues to anger.  He was also the Executive Director for the Institute for Behavioral Change specializing in providing services, respite care, day treatment, crisis outreach programs and diagnostic evaluation services in the area of substance abuse and mental health.  We welcome Dr. Mabry as P&G Counseling and Educational Institutes newest Clinical Director. 

Cynthia L. Jamison, Diplomate, MHS, LPC, LCADC, MAC, SAP, CCFC, CRAT, DCMHS, 
Clinical Supervisor

Ms. Jamison has worked in the fields of mental health, alcohol and drug abuse and corrections for over 40 years.   She was the Clinical Director/Clinical Supervisor for The Interdynamics Inc., Therapeutic Community Substance Abuse Program located at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup, Maryland.  She was previously the Clinical Supervisor for the 28-Day Jail Based Substance Abuse Treatment Program at the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections.

Melvin Douglas Gerald, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Gerald has been the President & Chief Executive Officer of Gerald Family Care, P.C. and G&G Healthcare, P.C. since 1974 respectfully providing family medicine and exercising final decision-making, ongoing management and control of all corporate activities associated with financial operations, policies and procedures, administrative and medical operations.

Scott C. Lastrapes, M.D. Diplomate  


Dr. Lastrapes is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, a Private Physician and Medical Doctor serving locations in the Metro Washington DC region, primarily in Montgomery, Calver and Howard Counties.  Dr. Lastrapes has specialized training and is certified as a Suboxone Certification, Medical Review Officer, ACLS, and Advanced Fetal Heart Monitoring.

Vincent S. Jones, PhD
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jones is the founder of The Human Experience Institute for Chemical Addictions, Training, Education and Supervision providing training and supervision to professionals completing certification in substance abuse treatment and prevention, as well as re certification and continuing education for mental health professionals.

Cyndie M. Buckson, Psy.D.
Forensic Psychologist

Dr. Buckson attained her Psy.D. at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and titled her Dissertation: Rape Victims: Perceptions of Credibility as a Function of Race and Class.  She was the Designated Forensic Psychologist at Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Department of Mental Health, Division of forensic Mental Health since 1993.  Dr. Buckson currently sits on the American Psychological association and the Standing Hearing Panel Boards as well as provide a plethora of training and workshops such as Ethics training for the Child Custody Evaluator.

Robert Barnes, PhD
Clinical Social Worker, Psychiatric Social Worker

Dr. Barnes has achieved a plethora of accomplishments from attaining his PhD and working for several years at the Federal City College now known as the University of the District Of Columbia.  He has been a contractor for the Social Security Administration completing developmental assessments on infants, clinical evaluations, and mental status examinations. As Liaison with DC and MD Schools he has recommended children for level 5 placements and has considerable experience in residential placement of disturbed youth. His experience lends itself and exceeds qualifications for a School psychologist and counselor.

Ronald J. Klein, Ph.d., ABPP
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Klein has been Consulting Psychologist at the Correctional Corporation of America/Correctional Treatment Facility in Washington, DC since 1997 where he provides individual and group psychotherapy to incarcerated inmates experiencing substance-related disorders.  Dr. Klein has a rich background in scholar level presentations including measuring and identifying and individual's perceptions of death and dying; Evaluation and assessment of mental illness and competency to stand trial; and the use of psycho-social-educational instruments to identfy and measure deficiencies within two samples of pretrial intervention offenders.

Raunda Williams, Ed.D
Program Director for Afternoon Leadership Academy

Dr. Williams is experienced and proficient in counseling and developmental education.  She has extensive expertise in responding to and identifying student needs, promoting academic excellence, and engaging/motivating students from various perspectives.  She has a broad and deep knowledge of administrative guidelines required to implement counseling and developmental programs within an academic setting. 

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Mr. Gavin is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Professional Counselor (APA), Clinical Advanced Certified Alcohol and
Drug Counselor III with the District of Columbia Addiction Professional Consortium, Internationally Certified Advanced Alcoholism and Drug Counselor (IC & RC) and Masters Addiction Counselor (NAADAC). He is currently a PhD Candidate in Counseling Psychology. He holds a Master of Human Services degree from Lincoln University and a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree from the University of the District of Columbia.

Sheila Holt, LASW, LPC, CMHS
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Ms. Holt is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a long history providing mental health services and support as Miner Elementary School's Guidance counselor.  The Miner project began in the fall of 1998 to combine members of several professional disciplines to form a complete on-site mental health team to help coordinate activities at the school.  The results won over skeptical teachers and doubtful parents as they began to see the children healing.

Christopher F. Gray, M.Ed.
Mental Health Counselor

Mr. Gray earned his M.Ed. in Counseling & Guidance from Howard University and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from George Mason University. He is currently earning his Certificate of Advanced Study in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University.  Christopher Gray has over 15 years of experience helping individuals working as a psychiatric rehabilitation specialist and as a high school and middle school counselor.  He specializes in couples, family and group psychotherapy.  

Michelle Jackson, BHS, CPS, CFPS
Certified Family Peer Specialist

Ms. Jackson is a Behavioral Health Services Consultant, Certified Family Peer Specialist and Psychology Major with distinct certifications from the D.C. Department of Behavioral Health to provide peer support services to adults, children and families in the community.  She is the Founder of Reasons to Hope Foundation & Executive Director of The District of Columbia Peer Support Association and provide premier integrated allied behavioral health products, and non-clinical recovery support services.