About

Jann has been in practice as a Registered Family Therapist since 1978. She recently closed the jannsmileclinical part of her practice in March 2013 in order to devote her time to mentoring and teaching, writing and support of service delivery to Indigenous communities.

Jann is of Mohawk ancestry and specializes in working with Native Historical Trauma, Residential School trauma, and its intergenerational effects in families and communities.

Jann did pioneering therapy work with residential school survivors in Lytton, B.C. in the 1980’s. She has worked at Round Lake Treatment Centre as a clinical supervisor, a trainer of Drug and Alcohol counselors, and as therapist in the Centre‚Äôs innovative Trauma Recovery Program for Native Trauma. She facilitated a National Aboriginal Focus Group that created a Code of Ethics for the Aboriginal Healing Foundation.
As a Registered Family Therapist, Jann is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor in both the Canadian Registry of Family Therapists and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association and a Clinical Member of the American Family Therapy Academy.

She has presented workshops and trainings throughout Canada and internationally in the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Jann is the mother of three children and the Dotah (grandmother) of nine.