Philips Graduate Institute Welcomes Rina Tham and Lucky Number 9



I was honored to be invited to join Ms. Mazdyasni Fereshteh of Philips Graduate Institute, her interns, Supervisors, Director and team members who provide psychotherapy services to elementary school children.


It was such a magical and emotionally bonding encounter with these troubled kids. I was a privileged to share my memoir Lucky Number 9 with them.  It was a special moment with the children of Philips Institute that I will always treasure. Thank you so much to Ms. Fereshteh, Denise, Doreen, Gisso, Keren, Marcy, Michelle, Natalie, Twyla, Brian, Estelle, Hooly, Pam, Samantha, Vita, Tim, Ali, Shelley, Clare, Shelly, Yolanda & others for their beautiful minds and invaluable work with these children and the community.




Ms.  Mazdyasni Fereshteh, M.A. major area of focus at Phillips is the management and administration of the School Based Child Therapy Program. She also teaches and advocates for working with children, promoting and training students to run social skills and violence prevention groups.



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