If you are in midlife—between the ages of 35 and 64— this show will speak to you. If you aren’t there yet, pay attention because you soon will be. Midlife can be a time of reflection, rebellion, or reconnecting to old or new interests and activities. It can also be a time when losses start to happen or begin to pile up. This includes divorce, the death of a loved one, loss of a job or home, the moving out and on of grown children. It is a time when learning how to move forward can be a challenge.
Our guest, Janis Johnston, is a seasoned psychologist. She looks at the geography of loss in midlife and the way it can affect us. She finds ways to help us get back on track or redirect ourselves when necessary. We will talk about the midlife maze and how to survive and thrive your way through it.
About Janis Johnston
Janis Clark Johnston, EdD, has been a school psychologist in public schools, supervising psychologist at a mental health center, employee assistance therapist, and private practice family psychologist. In addition to providing therapy for children, adolescents, and adults, Johnston has led many staff development workshops for schools and industry on parenting/child development, assertiveness, discipline, problem-solving, sexual abuse prevention, behavior disorder interventions, stress management, and grieving.
Johnston has published 13 journal articles, 3 book chapters, and a parenting book, It Takes a Child to Raise a Parent: Stories of Evolving Child and Parent Development (2013, Rowman & Littlefield). In 2002, Sarah’s Inn, a domestic violence shelter and education center in Oak Park, Illinois, honored her with a Community Spirit Award for her support of women and child victims of domestic violence. She is an active supporter and consultant for Parenthesis, a not-for-profit parenting education center. She works with teen, single, adoptive, preemie, post-partum, and mainstream parent groups. Johnston is a frequent presenter at parenting workshops.
Johnston received the 2011 Founder’s Award in appreciation for her dedication to the mission of Parenthesis Family Center. She has served on the boards of DePaul University Family Law Center (Chicago), Parenthesis, and Oak Park Education Foundation.