Want help raising happy, relaxed, resilient kids?

You’ve come to the right place.

I’m Dr. Jodi Richardson – speaker, educator, writer and mum.

I’ve had anxiety for as long as I can remember. Of course, as a little girl I had no idea what anxiety was or even that it existed. Neither did my parents. It wasn’t until my mid 20’s that I was diagnosed and began on the path to recognising and understanding my anxiety, learning strategies to handle difficult thoughts and feelings and taking action to cultivate a life filled with meaning and purpose.

These are the skills I want for my kids, and for yours too.

Uncertainty, challenge, (sadly) danger and anxiety are all a part of life. We experience it and so do our kids. Our role as parents is to help our children navigate their journey with all it’s highs and lows, along the way teaching them how to recognise, understand, express and manage what goes on in their hearts and their minds.

As a happiness and wellbeing expert I combine knowledge from 9 years of university study, my experience as a teacher, with beyondblue and as an exercise physiologist helping clients manage their anxiety and depression, so that together, we may raise children who flourish.


About

Statistics around the mental health of children paint a worrying picture. One in 7 primary school children experience mental illness, this rising to 1 in 4 for secondary school kids.

It’s imperative that we as parents equip our children with skills to mange their mental health in the same way we teach them to look after their physical health.

There’s so much we can do.

Findings from wellbeing science show us that there concrete thinking and practical skills we can teach our children that make a genuine and positive difference to their happiness and mental health over time.

I’m dedicated to sharing this knowledge.

And whether I’m presenting to parents, students or teachers, my commitment is always to share my knowledge and the science in a way that empowers people with evidence-based strategies and the confidence to take immediate action.

I’ve developed my expertise over many years of education and professional work. I love learning and have earned a Bachelor of Education, First Class Honours degree and my PhD (Medicine). I have since continued my education through studies in the science of happiness and psychological flexibility (Acceptance and Committment Therapy). Plus, I’m a total book nerd and am always reading.

Past professional roles include secondary teacher at Peninsula Grammar; for the National Schools Based Initiative for the prevention of depression at beyondblue; clinical exercise physiologist; wellbeing and high performance writer for the Australian Institute of Sport and a range of Australian magazines; wellbeing retreat facilitator for Melbourne Girls Grammar and wellbeing speaker for The Peninsula Hot Springs.

I now spend my time speaking at schools and to parent groups, creating easy to use, evidence based resources for parents and as the Mental Health and Wellbeing expert for Parenting Ideas Insights national newsletter, Parenting Girls and Parenting Boys online courses.

A professional highlight for me was to be an invited panelist at the 2013 Australian Psychological Society breakfast alongside TED speaker and international Meaning and Purpose expert, Professor Michael Steger.

 

Speaking

Jodi is a mental health, wellbeing and happiness science speaker. She’s dedicated to helping parents and teachers understand the origins and physiology of anxiety in their children and students, and how to thoughtfully, and flexibly respond, rather than react, to the anxieties of the young people in their care, so they may begin to flourish.

Knowing that happiness comes not from what we have but what we do, Jodi redefines happiness and shares the science-backed skills young people need to increase their wellbeing and navigate the ups and downs that are a part of being human. Habits for mental health and happiness, so that young people can create a rich, full and meaningful life, are integral to Jodi’s work.

Jodi’s dedication to the mental health and wellbeing of children is palpable during her presentations. Her natural warmth, openness and honesty, combined with her ability to share happiness and wellbeing science with ease, empowers and inspires parents to take action.

· Parent seminars
· Teacher training/presentations
· Conference keynotes

Enquiries to:
jodi [at] drjodirichardson [dot] com [dot] au


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Fear and anxiety happen. What’s important, is what happens next.Christopher McCurry, PhD

"Jodi created and delivered an engaging wellbeing program to 200 of our Senior Years students and is creating wellbeing retreats for our Year 11 and Year 12 students. She 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 wrk with and I would highly recommend her as a wellbeing speaker and educator."

Lamia Rockwell,  Director of Senior Years,  Melbourne Girls Grammar,  VIC

Dr Jodi Richardon, Happiness Retreats and Seminars, Mornington Victora Australia
2015-10-12T21:44:54+00:00

Lamia Rockwell,  Director of Senior Years,  Melbourne Girls Grammar,  VIC

"Jodi created and delivered an engaging wellbeing program to 200 of our Senior Years students and is creating wellbeing retreats for our Year 11 and Year 12 students. She 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 wrk with and I would highly recommend her as a wellbeing speaker and educator."
"From the feedback I’ve received, it seems that Jodi made a very strong impact on her audience. The size of the crowd attending Jodi's presentation suggested hers is a message people wanted to hear. In her presentation, Jodi encouraged us not to seek happiness – and debunked some myths about this condition – but instead to find ways to make our lives meaningful; happiness or contentment flows from the ‘steps’ we take, not from a preoccupation with the destination. Jodi also suggested that sometimes we need assistance to ‘find our feet’ – and that’s ok too, her personal stories were powerful."

 

 

Catherine Dunbar,  Principal,  St Ursula’s College,  Yeppoon,    QLD

Dr Jodi Richardon, Happiness Retreats and Seminars, Mornington Victora Australia
2015-10-12T21:29:18+00:00

Catherine Dunbar,  Principal,  St Ursula’s College,  Yeppoon,    QLD

"From the feedback I’ve received, it seems that Jodi made a very strong impact on her audience. The size of the crowd attending Jodi's presentation suggested hers is a message people wanted to hear. In her presentation, Jodi encouraged us not to seek happiness – and debunked some myths about this condition – but instead to find ways to make our lives meaningful; happiness or contentment flows from the ‘steps’ we take, not from a preoccupation with the destination. Jodi also suggested that sometimes we need assistance to ‘find our feet’ – and that’s ok too, her personal stories were powerful."    
"I have no doubt that everybody that has the privilege of hearing Jodi speak will be inspired – just as I was. Her presentation made me aware of how and motivated me to make a conscious effort to change to become happier – I know this will have a flow on effect for my family.  I would most definitely recommend Jodi's presentations to anyone."

Belinda Brewster, Victoria

Dr Jodi Richardon, Happiness Retreats and Seminars, Mornington Victora Australia
2015-10-12T21:47:56+00:00

Belinda Brewster, Victoria

"I have no doubt that everybody that has the privilege of hearing Jodi speak will be inspired – just as I was. Her presentation made me aware of how and motivated me to make a conscious effort to change to become happier – I know this will have a flow on effect for my family.  I would most definitely recommend Jodi's presentations to anyone."
"Jodi Richardson is a bright, new talent in the parenting space. She’s has great content and knows how gets it across to audiences in a lovely, accessible way. She presented a wonderful session to my team and we loved her honesty, her nurturing nature and the poignancy of her messages. Book her now, while you still can."

 

 

Michael Grose, Parenting Ideas,  Certified Speaking Professional, Winner 2013 Australian Educator of the Year

Dr Jodi Richardon, Happiness Retreats and Seminars, Mornington Victora Australia
2015-10-12T21:25:15+00:00

 

Michael Grose, Parenting Ideas,  Certified Speaking Professional, Winner 2013 Australian Educator of the Year

"Jodi Richardson is a bright, new talent in the parenting space. She’s has great content and knows how gets it across to audiences in a lovely, accessible way. She presented a wonderful session to my team and we loved her honesty, her nurturing nature and the poignancy of her messages. Book her now, while you still can."  
“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.”

 

Warren Howard,  Director & HR Specialist,  Howadco Business + HR Solutions, VIC

Dr Jodi Richardon, Happiness Retreats and Seminars, Mornington Victora Australia
2015-10-12T21:24:35+00:00

Warren Howard,  Director & HR Specialist,  Howadco Business + HR Solutions, VIC

“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.”  
"I stayed engaged the WHOLE time. Loved it. You are a gifted teacher and facilitator."

Selena Henshall,  VIC

Dr Jodi Richardon, Happiness Retreats and Seminars, Mornington Victora Australia
2015-10-12T21:19:58+00:00

Selena Henshall,  VIC

"I stayed engaged the WHOLE time. Loved it. You are a gifted teacher and facilitator."

 

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