Janae has her doctorate in Planetary Psychology, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a clinical specialist in children’s mental health and developmental trauma. She served for ten years as Adjunct Faculty in the Counseling and Human Services Program at CU-Colorado Springs, where she taught advanced clinical courses in Developmental Process Work.
Janae currently co-directs the Carolina Institute for Conflict Resolution & Creative Leadership (CICRCL) in Asheville, North Carolina, a nonprofit tax-exempt organization through which she offers training & consultation services in developmental psychology, trauma, mental health issues and conflict resolution. Many of her trainings focus on Promoting Positive Mental Health in Children, which grows out of her personal passion for working with those who care for young children.
Janae has also lived and worked out of the country for extended periods of time, and credits these “outside the box” experiences with developing a global and systemic perspective in her professional work. She was particularly impacted by her experiences of living and studying in Switzerland in 1986 at the time of the Chernobyl disaster. Not only were she and Barry exposed to high levels of radiation, they also recognized “up close and personal” the impact of intractable conflicts between nations. These experiences led them to found CICRCL and become “part of the solution” in creating world peace.
In 1991, Janae began with collaborating with ROZRADA, a sister NGO in Kiev, Ukraine, directed by Dr. Valentina Bondarovskaya. Initially, her work focused on training ROZRADA’s staff in “practical psychology” and helping families from the Chernobyl region of Ukraine. She also oversaw ROZRADA’s translation of Breaking Free of the Codependency Trap and Counterdependency: The Flight From Intimacy into Russian. She continues to provide ongoing professional training, clinical supervision and consultation services for ROZRADA’s staff and Ukrainian clinicians.
Janae has authored or co-authored five books and numerous professional journal articles in developmental psychology, counseling and conflict resolution and presented on these topics at many national and international conferences. Her current writing, drawn from her own personal experiences, focuses on helping people recognize and break free of con artists, sociopaths and predators.