She is passionate about children and their return to the center of our families and communities. Jann is of Mohawk, Irish and English ancestry and specializes in working with families, parents and communities in order that children can once again be safe, know their identity and where they belong. She is skilled in working with Indigenous Historical Trauma, Residential School trauma, and its intergenerational effects in families and communities.
Jann closed the clinical part of her practice in March 2013 in order to devote her time to mentoring and teaching frontline workers and professionals, supporting service delivery to Indigenous communities, and writing.
Her PhD research focused on Indigenous families and is freely available on the WorldShare academic network ~ KAHWÀ:TSIRE: INDIGENOUS FAMILIES IN A FAMILY THERAPY PRACTICE WITH THE INDIGENOUS WORLDVIEW AS THE FOUNDATION.
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’s 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 Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association.
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.