Joanna Fortune is a Clinical Psychotherapist and Child Attachment Specialist with over 15 years experience working with children and families. She founded Solamh Parent-Child Relationship Clinic Dublin, Ireland in 2010 – prior to which she worked in the NGO sector specialising in a range of challenging and trauma based issues. She spent over 3 years working in orphanages in Russia with children of all ages who are growing up in institutions and developed a variety of programs of de-institutionalisation, life skills and psychological resilience building while there.
As a clinician, mentor and well established training consultant and guest speaker in her field, Fortune is also a regular contributor in the media on issues of child development and parenting. She is often told that she possess the ability to think like a 5 year old and she embodies this attitude in her approach to her work. You can read about her clinical work on www.solamh.com or on her parenting blog site www.joannafortune.
Ros Cutler founded Family Matters Coaching to provide parents benefits comparable to those executives routinely receive in corporations. Originally from the UK, Cutler has lived most of her life as an expat – all four of her boys were born in Uganda in Africa. For the past 10 years the family has been living near Geneva, Switzerland where her American husband works at the World Health Organisation.
“Expat family life has very special challenges – the rest of the family are often far away and friends – when you get to make them – are often just about to leave and go, or its your turn to get posted to a new country . There nobody knows you. Chances are you need to learn a new language, learn a new public transport system, find out where the shops are and how to read the labels, find out about school, try to make yourself understood … so there is a lot of disruption, your kids can feel shunted around (so can you!) and its hard to keep going. It puts lots of pressure on everyone.” . Currently studying for an MSc in psychology, Cutler has found Family Coaching a perfect way to support families in thriving amidst these multiple challenges and transitions.
Edwina Grice Neely, MA, is an author, entrepreneur, teacher, seminar presenter, wife and mother. She began her career as a speech pathologist and audiologist, graduating from Hampton Institute and teaching in the University’s speech program. Her attention soon turned to marriage and parenthood as she sought new ways to utilize her skills and talents, and more than thirty years teaching Kindergarten in Maryland USA.
During this time, she developed a Parent-Teacher Partnership Program that provides monthly seminars for parents on the many ways children learn – multiple intelligences, respect for personality traits, communication skills etc. Currently the Director of Parenting Ministries at a church in Fulton, MD., Neely is also the author of “So I’m Home! Now What?, “Thank You God for my Food” and “Thank You God for my Body.”
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Niki Williams is a Co-parenting Counselor and Communication Coach. She began her professional career working as a Psychiatric Nurse in the UK for several years before discovering her passion for communication and obtaining a Diploma in Counselling from UWE (University of the West of England) Bristol in 1998. In 2006 Williams relocated to Mallow, Ireland and obtained an additional Diploma in Parent Mentoring at UCC, (University College Cork).
A single mother of three, she is sensitive to the unique challenges involved with successful co-parenting and passionate empowering others to find their voice, exercise choice and improve their family relationships. “Respecting each other as parents – a distinctly different role to spouse – is the first step to emotional separation and vital for a child’s stability and overall health.” Williams also values continually expanding her own communication skills and recently completed a two year program in Trauma Counselling with Rape Counselling Midwest.
Marlaine Cover, is the creator of the Life Skills Report Card, Founder of the international consciousness movement Parenting 2.0 and bestselling author of “Kissing the Mirror: Raising Humanity in the Twenty-first Century” – published under her pen name of Mama Marlaine. Cover began her professional career working in development for higher education. While raising her two daughters, however, she became painfully aware of the gross disparity between the educational process societies around the globe routinely afforded academics, and the comparatively impoverished and passive process that typically defined Life Skills.
Believing Life Skills were as – if not more – important than academics for her daughters’ future success she created the Life Skills Report Card. In 2009 she founded the Parenting 2.0 (P20) group on LinkedIn to share the concept of Life Skills Report Cards and nurture collaborations between Life Skills Educators. Today Parenting 2.0 is LinkedIn’s top ranked parenting group with 4500 members in seventy countries. Every two years they host the world’s only professional conference for Life Skills Educators – P20 Talks.