An Advanced Practitioner Training workshop designed to help caregivers gain an understanding of the special needs of women survivors of abuse and learn the skills needed to support them through their pregnancy, labour & childbirth and early postpartum.
Presenter Bio: Jodi has a PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences – Health Professional Education from The University of Western Ontario. She was the research coordinator of a Canadian Institute of Health Research funded study, entitled “Embodied Trauma: The impacts of abuse on the transition to mothering”, and the author of recently published articles in the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research on the health related needs of women in conflict with the law, and conducting health research within incarcerated settings. A Safe Passage was recently featured in the fourth edition of Domestic Violence Sourcebook – Health Reference Series, published by Omnigraphics. Jodi is currently conducting a community based needs assessment with street-based sex workers, and is the research adviser for the School of Nursing at Fanshawe College, London, On. Jodi worked as a DONA certified doula and childbirth educator for 10 years, with a focus on the intersections between trauma histories and the experiences of women during the childbearing years. Jodi was employed in both residential and clinical settings as a full-time woman abuse counselor, providing counseling to women who have been abused, as well as facilitating groups for women whose children have been exposed to their abuse. Jodi’s unique combination of skills from both the birthing community and the violence against women sector has spurred a high demand internationally for her workshops aimed at informing other medical and allied health and social service professionals around the complex issue of trauma and the childbearing years. Jodi resides with her family in London, Ontario, where she runs a private counseling practice and operates A Safe Passage, the first and only known website dedicated solely to supporting survivors of abuse through pregnancy, birth and the transition to parenting.
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