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Key Points for Dr Jodi Richardson
- Academically accomplished, professionally experienced and intrinsically compassionate, Dr Jodi Richardson is renowned for engaging presentations that inspire lasting change.
- Jodi shares expertise gained through her PhD (Medicine), Honours in Exercise and Sports Science, Bachelor of Education and studies in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
- She is co-author of the best-selling book Anxious Kids (Penguin Random House) republished in seven languages, and author of Anxious Mums (Penguin Random House), released November 2020.
- A respected media commentator in the anxiety and wellbeing space, Jodi has shared her insights and expertise on ABC TV News Breakfast, the TODAY Show, Sunrise, Studio 10, ABC Radio, ABC RN Life Matters, Radio New Zealand and in the Herald Sun, New Idea and Mindful Parenting.
- A former high performance, mental health and wellbeing freelance journalist, Jodi’s work featured in Inside Cricket, Inside Football, Rugby League Week, Australian Auto Action and on the Australian Institute of Sport and AFL websites.
- An experienced exercise physiologist, Jodi specialises in exercise for mental health and advocates for exercise over the lifespan. She recently earned her 1st Dan black belt in karate.
- Jodi contributed to the pursuit of improved outcomes for student mental health in Australia, working with Beyond Blue on their National School Initiative for Prevention of Depression.
- Jodi lives on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula (VIC) with her husband, two children and two border collies.
Topics for Dr Jodi Richardson
Moving kids and teens from anxiety to resilience
As parents we play the most important role in helping our children when they experience mental health challenges, including anxiety. And whether they experience the everyday variety of anxiety that comes with being human, or anxiety that gets in the way of school and life - there are skills and strategies we can teach our children to not only help them cope, but thrive. Now, and over their lifetime. Anxiety is common, treatable and there's so much we, as parents and caregivers, can do to help.
Expanding kids’ and teens’ anxiety coping toolkit (follow up from Anxiety to Resilience)
As parents we play the most important role in helping our children when they experience anxiety. And whether they experience the everyday variety of anxiety that comes with being human, or anxiety that gets in the way of everyday life - there are skills and strategies we can teach our children to not only help them cope, but thrive. Now, and over their lifetime. This presentation has been carefully designed to expand and strengthen parents’ understanding and toolkit of strategies from anxiety to resilience and beyond.
Struggling well: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 great decisions, every time they are called to.
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.
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.
Testimonials for Dr Jodi Richardson
When booking a speaker for a conference or presentation, there are many who hold the desired qualifications, knowledge and expertise; however, booking a speaker who is an engaging and commanding speaker is another skill set entirely. It’s a rare combination to discover a speaker who speaks with credibility, but who also has the audience in the palm of her hand from the get go and yet this is what places Dr Jodi Richardson apart from other speakers. She is outstanding with regard to both content and delivery.
Jodi spoke at the ProPsych, “Mental Health in Schools Conference” in May of 2018. She was strategically placed as the final speaker on the last day of a two-day conference. It is no mean feat to willingly speak in this time slot and in many ways, it is a measure of the calibre of a speaker, as many delegates’ minds are beginning to wander as the weekend beckons.
However, Jodi took to the stage in her gentle, yet confident manner and delivered a professional presentation to a venue full of educators and health professionals. No one left the venue. She drew the audience in with her carefully constructed and evidence based presentation, while also providing personal insight from her own journey and then coloured the topic with real life examples. The presentation was practical, personal, informative and beautifully prepared. It was skilfully delivered as Jodi is not one to rigidly straddle the lectern; she moves with ease on stage and her proximity to her audience is open and compelling.
If you are seeking a speaker of the highest calibre, well versed in the area of mental health, then I strongly recommend Dr Jodi Richardson. She is calm and composed, an expert in her field and a genuinely warm person with a desire to improve the mental health status of individuals by sharing her knowledge.
Psychologist / Senior Consultant
We engaged Jodi’s services as part of a Client Planning retreat. Those days can be quite draining and we needed someone to lift the energy and awareness of the team prior to our afternoon session. Jodi hit the mark! She provided insight and self-awareness, delightfully guided by her engaging stories and personal journey. Jodi’s involvement made a measurable difference to people’s attention levels and productivity and they sailed through the rest of the workshop with clear heads and energy. I recommend Jodi’s services to anyone who is planning a staff workshop and is looking for a new approach to employee engagement.
Director & HR Specialist
Howadco Business + HR Solutions
Jodi has an amazing way of connecting with her audience. Her personal stories make her so relatable to people of all ages and they empower those who hear her to see a positive way through their difficult experiences. Jodi's background knowledge and theoretical base really educate her audience to understand and unpack their experiences, leaving them more able to identify their struggles and successes. A great speaker who comes at these important topics from so many angles.
We were delighted to have Dr Jodi present three webinars for our charity during lockdown one and two in Victoria. We know that Dr Jodi is one of the best presenters on anxiety, however were also really impressed with the way that Dr Jodi managed the online space. Her set up added to the calm atmosphere she created - from lighting, clear sound & warm environment- it was an incredible standard. Dr Jodi engaged our audience through asking for responses via the chat box & was affirming of all online questions submitted. We look forward to Dr Jodi presenting for us again because the high level of excellence she presents with in person is matched in the online presentation space.
Founder & Director
SJI Autism & Carer Support
Brilliant evening expanding our understanding of anxiety last night at Wesley College, Melbourne. Dr Jodi Richardson is a brilliant guide for anyone encountering anxiety and that is everyone - as an anxious person or a carer.
Professional Development for educators
This presentation was exceptional. I have attended quite a few presentations related to anxiety and how to support children experiencing anxiety, all of which have been interesting and filled with informed content, but Dr Jodi Richardson’s presentation was exceptional. Her strategies were extremely well presented, easy to understand and left me motivated to use in both my teaching career, and as a carer for two young boys dealing with anxiety issues and difficult living arrangements. I was impressed by Jodi’s knowledge of the material and the manner in which she shared it. This was a fist class presentation with exemplary practical implications.
Teacher, parent and carer
Absolutely fabulous - coming from the perspective of a person with lived experience of anxiety. I especially loved the breakdown of strategies and the "why" behind why these strategies work. As a person who suffers from anxiety, and supports two daughters with anxiety, the information shared in this presentation will be used on a regular basis. I took a copious amount of notes! Thank you Dr Jodi Richardson for sharing your story and strategies.
Parent and carer