Hi, I’m Jody. I believe in two things.
No matter how wonderful. But wherever you are, you need to be there. Second, I believe that everyone has a “story” and it is this story that guides your relationships. Understanding your own story can help you make sense of where you’ve come from and it often help in the writing of all future chapters that await.
My story? I was always intrigued by relationships. And I thought for a long time “helping people” meant fixing things. It was my “job” in my family. Slowly, along the way, I have learned that it is not about having the answer. It’s not about fixing. If you can connect, however, and truly understand someone’s story – that is where the power lies. In the relationship.
Many moons ago, I worked as a civilian member with our Canadian Police force – the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. It was during those years that I learned the most about trauma. After contemplating a career as a police officer, I decided I’d be better suited talking about it than being the one wielding a weapon. The focus of my dissertation was police marriages and the effect that organizations can have on relationship. I then shifted focus for a while, working on a locked psychiatrtic inpatient unit for kids – where I learned a boatload more about trauma – and how very little we get right in this space. And then I became a wife. And then a mother to a son, followed by boy-girl twins. Then I started a private practiced and coached hockey. I wrote a book called Kids These Days and then started talking on stages around this country about trauma. And emotional regulation. And relationships. First responders and their families have always had my heart. I’m so glad that in the middle of a global pandemic, there was time to put some of those thoughts on paper, with a few videos, wrapped up in a little course to get this conversation started. In these modules you will find some of the things I know to be true, some of the things I’d like to learn more about (from those of you on the front lines), and a lot of room for discussion. And growth. And to serve those of you that do this holy work, and the families who hold you. It is a honour. I can’t wait to hear what you think.