Joddie holds a Masters of Science in Forensic Psychology and is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, and is a Certified Trauma Specialist. She holds Diplomate status with the American Academy of Traumatic Stress and is a National (USA) Credentialed Advanced Advocate. Joddie has over 25 years of experience working victims who experienced domestic violence, child sexual abuse, sexual assault as well as adult survivors of child abuse and families of homicide. Joddie’s expertise includes extensive experience preparing children for testifying in criminal proceedings. Her Master’s dissertation researched whether child friendly provisions enhanced a child’s ability to provide thorough evidence. Joddie has developed and implemented resources to aid those who prepare children for court.
Joddie worked on local and state levels in the Children’s Advocacy Centre movement and she was the founding Director for the Gettysburg, PA CAC, bringing the centre from a community dream to NCA Accreditation. Her expertise was sought in the hearing for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Task Forces that resulted from Sandusky Case.
Additional experience includes interventions with first responders as part of two critical incident stress teams and also attended New York City twice, post 9/11 terrorist attacks. In addition to Joddie’s clinical practice, she has facilitated the development of programs and trainings throughout the USA and Canada on topics such as line of duty death, victimology issues, secondary traumatic stress and how to support the non offending parent in child abuse investigations.
Currently, Joddie is a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario, Canada, providing evidenced-based and trauma-informed practice. Helping clients become empowered in their own healing, Joddie is trained in TF-CBT, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), and Structured Sensory Interventions for Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Parents (SITCAP®). She specializes in trauma assessment and treatment, grief and loss, stress and anxiety issues for children, adolescents and adults. Additional areas of expertise include a sub-specialty with first responders and their families, and other professionals who are in the helping profession who may be experiencing PTSD or secondary traumatic stress.
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