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Engaging. Inspiring. Practical. Authentic. Relatable. Entertaining.

These are some of the descriptors audiences use to describe Dr. Jodi Richardson.
Jodi tells it how it is, always sharing an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to experience anxiety, what works, and importantly, what doesn’t. 

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Dr Jodi’s keynote conference presentations, parent seminars and professional development workshops are interactive, research-based and hope-inducing experiences. From a 60-minute keynote to a full-day workshop,

Jodi carefully tailors her presentations to meet the needs of each client and audience.

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Dr. Jodi presents

powerful new ideas and strategies

for parents and mental health professionals, in educational settings supporting parents, teachers and educational leaders, for city councils, for amateur to elite athletes, for health and wellbeing professionals, for professionals within corporations and for organisations supporting parents and carers of children on the autism spectrum.

Her impressive academic and professional achievements in the wellbeing, science and educational landscapes blend seamlessly with her innate caring nature, resulting in impactful, memorable audience experiences.

 She creates a safe place for people to meet, learn, share and leave with proven strategies that not only deliver results – but also give hope. It is common for participants to leave feeling like an “old-friend” of Jodi’s, flocking to her for one last chat or an effusive thank you.

 

POPULAR TOPICS INCLUDE

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Parent Education

Moving kids and teens from anxiety to resilience

Anxiety among children and adolescents is at an all-time high in the wake of the pandemic. Children from pre-school age through to year 12 are experiencing the challenges that go hand-in-hand with anxiety including an inability to concentrate, changes to behaviour, worry, overwhelming physical sensations and big feelings. As this happens, children and teens pull back from, or completely avoid so much of what makes life meaningful, enriching and fun; including school. Thankfully, parents are in the position of most influence to help their children understand what lies at the heart of anxiety, recognise anxiety when it shows up and put strategies in place to help dial anxiety down; seeking professional help when needed. Whether children are experiencing the kind of anxiety that comes with being human, or anxiety that's getting in the way of school or life, this presentation empowers parents with understanding, practical skills and the confidence to respond in impactful ways when anxiety shows up.

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Expanding kids' and teens' anxiety coping toolkit

Anxiety impacts how children and teens feel, what they think, and what they do next; which often means getting caught up in a struggle with anxiety doing anything and everything to make it stop. This presentation has been carefully designed to build on 'Moving kids and teens from anxiety to resilience', deepening parents' and carers' understanding of anxiety and expanding their toolkit of strategies to not only help their children and teens cope, but thrive. Now, and over their lifetime. In our time together, parents and carers learn how to help their children and teens think about anxiety differently, the impact of worry, rumination and catastrophic thinking on how anxious kids feel and the choices they make, and practical ways to teach children and teens to manage worry and move forward, embracing all life has to offer them.

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Bend without Breaking: Building Resilient brains in kids and teens

There's been a lot of attention on resilience over many years, and for good reason. The drawn-out nature of the pandemic and the myriad of challenges children and teens experienced as a result, in addition to other challenges that come with returning to the classroom after absence, have stretched even the most resilient among kids and teens. Adversity and challenge build resilience when resilience is understood, the right frameworks are in place, and when parents and teachers know what genuinely contributes to building it. They're important skills in the wake of a global pandemic, and over a lifetime.

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Jodi was by far the most engaging and relatable speaker I have heard, she was absolutely brilliant and I have no doubt everyone in the room took something incredible away from her.

Hamish
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Professional Development for Educators

Boosting teachers' mental health and happiness

Although children are back at school engaging in their learning and connecting with their friends, the pandemic continues to seriously impact the demands, expectations, stress levels, mental health and wellbeing of educators. The ripple effect of this overwhelm ebbs well beyond the school grounds. Educator wellbeing is critical for the individual, their family and the students and colleagues they connect and work with. More than ever before teachers and other school staff need ideas and insights that, when practiced, have a powerful impact on day-to-day fulfilment and wellbeing as a whole.

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Moving kids and teens from anxiety to resilience

Child and adolescent anxiety have doubled as a result of the pandemic. In addition to reducing day-to-day quality of life, anxiety impacts engagement, learning, connection and enjoyment in, and out of, the classroom. Staff, or ‘accidental counsellors’, are increasingly called upon to support anxious students and their families, often while managing their own elevated stress and anxiety. This is a challenging role made harder without a clear understanding of anxiety, how to settle an anxious nervous system and how, and when, to re-engage students in classroom activities.

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Dr Jodi Richardson joined us as a keynote speaker at all four in-person Positive Schools conferences in 2022. She proved to be a delight to work with both personally and professionally. Her presentation offered a welcome mix of information and practical strategies along with a compassionate understanding of mental health. Moreover, Jodi was able to engage her audience with humour and warmth.

Jodi was warm, generous in spirit and lovely to work with. I recommend her highly as an expert presenter on supporting and managing anxiety.

Dr Helen Street, Positive Schools Co-Founder and Conference Chair
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Empowering Senior Students

What is anxiety, why it's not all bad and what can i do about it?

Not only are senior students undertaking the most important years of their secondary schooling, they're doing so in a climate where rates of adolescent anxiety have doubled compared with pre-pandemic figures. Essential mental health and wellbeing learning for senior students includes understanding their nervous system, recognising and managing stress and anxiety, learning and practicing a ‘go-to’ grounding strategy, and developing a balanced approach to life. Each of these will enable senior students to cope with both the chronic and acute stressors that accompany the academic pressure and high stakes assessments of their senior years.

Jodi understands the wellbeing and education needs of adolescents, is highly professional and carefully plans to ensure that her wellbeing programs are tailored to meet the needs of the students. Jodi is a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her as a speaker and educator.

Lamia Rockwell, Director of Senior Years, Melbourne Girls Grammar

Corporate Presentation

Level-headed: How to make decisions under pressure

Every day, business leaders are required to make sound and speedy decisions to generate revenue, to look after employee wellbeing and to further brands. Some decisions are easy to make. Others are difficult and complex and can, if not handled correctly, lead to procrastination and overwhelm. In this presentation, Dr Jodi Richardson will explore how today’s leaders can make the great decisions, every time they are called to.

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Corporate Presentation

Resilience: so much more than bouncing back

Adversity both tests and shapes us; seldom do we return to who we were. With each challenge comes a choice; turn away, mark time or navigate the uncertainty with authenticity, intelligence and flexibility. In this presentation Dr Jodi Richardson explores what it really means to be resilient and shares the foundations, thinking skills and practices that foster resilience and inspire hope in the face of life’s curve balls.

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From flat to psychologically flexible: Wellbeing done differently

Mental health isn’t made in a day, it’s buffered and bolstered by the thinking skills, choices we make and habits we employ consistently. But it’s not enough to know what to do. When supported to predict barriers to change and to adopt habits in keeping with behaviour change principles, the sparks of wellbeing are fanned into a lifelong flame.

In this powerful presentation Dr Jodi Richardson reveals what stands in the way of flourishing, what contributes most to our wellbeing and teaches practical science-backed strategies that make a profound difference to vitality, productivity, mental health and happiness.

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Peninsula Hot Springs has been fortunate and is grateful to be working with Jodi. Her style, knowledge and care has made sure all activities we have undertaken together have been very well received. We look forward to continue in our joint quest to deliver great health and wellbeing outcomes for our guests and for the broader community.

Charles Davidson, Chairman at Global Wellness Institute - Hot Springs Initiative
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Community Groups

Moving kids and teens from anxiety to resilience

Anxiety among children and adolescents is at an all-time high in the wake of the pandemic. Children from pre-school age through to year 12 are experiencing the challenges that go hand-in-hand with anxiety including an inability to concentrate, changes to behaviour, worry, overwhelming physical sensations and big feelings. As this happens, children and teens pull back from, or completely avoid so much of what makes life meaningful, enriching and fun; including school. Thankfully, parents are in the position of most influence to help their children understand what lies at the heart of anxiety, recognise anxiety when it shows up and put strategies in place to help dial anxiety down; seeking professional help when needed. Whether children are experiencing the kind of anxiety that comes with being human, or anxiety that's getting in the way of school or life, this presentation empowers parents with understanding, practical skills and the confidence to respond in impactful ways when anxiety shows up.

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Expanding kids' and teens' anxiety coping toolkit

Anxiety impacts how children and teens feel, what they think, and what they do next; which often means getting caught up in a struggle with anxiety doing anything and everything to make it stop. This presentation has been carefully designed to build on 'Moving kids and teens from anxiety to resilience', deepening parents' and carers' understanding of anxiety and expanding their toolkit of strategies to not only help their children and teens cope, but thrive. Now, and over their lifetime. In our time together, parents and carers learn how to help their children and teens think about anxiety differently, the impact of worry, rumination and catastrophic thinking on how anxious kids feel and the choices they make, and practical ways to teach children and teens to manage worry and move forward, embracing all life has to offer them.

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Community Groups

Bend without Breaking: Building Resilient brains in kids and teens

There's been a lot of attention on resilience over many years, and for good reason. The drawn-out nature of the pandemic and the myriad of challenges children and teens experienced as a result, in addition to other challenges that come with returning to the classroom after absence, have stretched even the most resilient among kids and teens. Adversity and challenge build resilience when resilience is understood, the right frameworks are in place, and when parents and teachers know what genuinely contributes to building it. They're important skills in the wake of a global pandemic, and over a lifetime.

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Jodi delivered a really engaging online presentation for us. We know that parents want practical advice that they can implement straight away. Jodi delivered this. She provides a range of strategies for parents to try and tells beautiful stories that relate to herself and her own parenting that resonate and connect her to other parents. But the best way I know that Jodi delivered an exceptional workshop was because I had parents ask me if I could organise another one for their school.

Jenni Rickard, CEO Australian Parents Council
Delegate feedback

2019 Mental Health in Schools Conference

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“Extremely useful as a teacher and parent.”

“Best presenter.”

“Lots of strategies to support counselling in schools!”

 

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Jodi is a regular media commentator in the anxiety, parenting and wellbeing space.

Jodi has shared her insights and expertise via ABC TV News Breakfast, the TODAY Show, Sunrise, The Morning Show, Studio 10, Weekend Today, Mamamia, ABC Radio, ABC RN Life Matters, Radio New Zealand and in The Age, Herald Sun, Sydney Morning Herald, New Idea, Who Magazine, Mindful Parenting and more. 

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