Tonight's special guest is JoAnn Kerschner from Baltimore, Maryland, a child abuse survivor, RN, and returning NAASCA family member who has really changed her life a great deal since we last had her as a "special guest." Formerly the Nursing Director and a Mental Health worker at her local Medical Center, JoAnn's still in the early stages of her recovery, and describes herself as a wife, mother, friend and nurse .. but never a daughter! She was sexually abused by her father. Now she's changed career paths and last year developed an impressive advocacy as a big part of her healing. JoAnn is the Executive Director of Shattered Canvas, which offers survivors classes that combine education, community experts, and a support group option. Family members, friends of survivors, or any individual desiring education can attend these classes in a safe and comfortable setting. Shattered Canvas is available for professional education or speaking engagements for businesses and community venues. Professional Mental Health experts provide resources for participants that are available in the community. Support groups are available to participants to engage in a shared vision for healing. JoAnn provides an adjunct resource for Mental Health Clinicians, Therapists, Providers, looking for education/support for clients, families and individuals. Shattered Canvas seeks invitations to schools, colleges, community events and businesses to provide local residents with education and a message of hope. JoAnn is also seeking other professionals in the community who desire the opportunity to be an integral part of Shattered Canvas by providing expertise and modalities of care in education sessions or in a support group setting.
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