Janie Smith, Trauma Coach, Speaker, Author, Founder of HOPE Beyond Trauma; caregiver; mother and spouse of career soldiers.
Her new book, HOPE Beyond Trauma . . . a mother’s journey is based on Janie’s caregiving journey after her 15-year-old daughter sustained a severe brain injury in an automobile accident.
Years later, Janie watches her youngest son deploy to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan for six tours. She tells of the difficulties soldiers and their families face when they return home. When she discovered brain injury is the “signature wound” of this war on terror it inspired her to start HOPE Beyond Trauma and write her book, HOPE Beyond Trauma…a mother’s journey.
Janie’s mission and passion is empowering lives of those facing major trauma; specializing in brain injuries, caregivers, military families, everyone is welcome!
Education, work experience: Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education & Health, Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio; American Red Cross, Hospital Recreation Worker, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; Director Military Sports Activities and Director Youth Activities, West Germany. Founded Hidden Treasures, specializing in travel for people with disabilities; helped start brain injury support groups; taught back-to-work and life skills to adults with brain injuries. Worked in many administrative capacities for a community integration program for developmentally disabled adults. Coach certification from Coach Training Alliance.
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