Renowned Psychologist and Bestselling Author, Kids These Days
Dr. Jody Carrington is a renowned psychologist sought after for her expertise, energy and approach to helping people solve their most complex human-centred challenges. Jody focuses much of her work around reconnection – the key to healthy relationships and productive teams.
A speaker, author, and leader of Carrington & Company, she uses all she has been taught in her twenty-year career as a psychologist to empower everyone she connects with. Jody has worked with kids, families, business leaders, first responders, teachers, farmers and has spoken in church basements and world-class stages; the message remains the same – our power lies in our ability to acknowledge each other first.
Her approach is authentic, honest and often hilarious. She speaks passionately about resilience, mental health, leadership, burnout, grief and trauma – and how reconnection is the answer to so many of the root problems we face. Her wildly popular book, Kids These Days, was published in 2019 and has sold 150,000 copies worldwide. Jody’s message is as simple as it is complex: we are wired to do the hard things, but we were never meant to do any of this alone.
With a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, work with major institutions and thriving clinical practice, she brings a depth of experience and insight that is unmatched in the industry.
Jody lives in small-town Olds, Alberta, with her husband and three children (she had three kids in 2 years to test her own resilience) and leads the amazing team at Carrington & Company.
Praise for Dr. Jody!
“Jody, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, For an amazing evening of laughter, some tears, and much-needed advice. Your insight, your words and your stories will stay with me.” – Sherry Weinkauf-Janke
The significance of connection in this world is important, but the answer lies in our power to reconnect when things get tough. In our families, in our relationships, in our teams, the capacity to reconnect and repair is the foundation to the strongest and most resilient relationships. Now, more than ever, the mission of reconnecting a disconnected world is where our most significant resources should be directed. Then, and only then will we be able to serve those we lead and love.
As an entrepreneur and CEO, creating a culture of reconnection is the impetus for a strong team. As a psychologist, building a company was not part of the training, but understanding the importance of relationships was. Jody uses her knowledge and expertise to marry those two worlds that will leave any and every leader inspired to serve in a way that will change their organization, and probably the world.
Jody was a Civilian Member with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for two years and then spent 10 years on a locked psychiatric inpatient unit for kids. Trauma is connected significantly to anyone who has experienced marginalization, and Jody makes it clear that it’s never about what happened to you, it’s all about how you make sense of it that matters. Jody has led teams and work cultures through a better understanding of how trauma can impact families and organizations, how to stay connected, and more importantly reconnect when it’s needed the most.
In the middle of navigating a global pandemic while serious, overdue conversations about systemic oppression abound, the word “burnout” has been used to describe the emotional fatigue that has set into so many organizations. Jody will walk through how to reconnect any time by remembering this: when they’re acknowledged, they will rise. Specific strategies to shift cultures and productivity will be at the forefront of this game-changing talk.
Where loss lives, grief will follow. And loss and its partner grief are universal experiences that are rarely discussed. Loss has always been a critical part of the human condition; however, rarely do we talk about just what to do when loss, and in particular death, takes a seat at the table. There is a significant difference between grief and mourning that is so critical to understand, particularly when we’re trying to make sense of it all.