I’ve spent over two decades developing my expertise, which draws on my practical experience supported by study, research, training and personal development.
I am regularly asked to contribute to the media and have appeared or been featured as follows:
– Channel 5’s My Violent Child Series
– ITV’s This Morning
– ITV’s Good Morning Britain
– Channel 5 News covering a range of children’s and young people’s issues, parenting issues, dilemmas and concerns
– Radio 5 Live
– BBC Bristol
– BBC Wiltshire
– Featured in Bella Magazine
– Featured in Take a Break Magazine
I have devoted 20+ years to understanding the science behind stress. During this time, I’ve researched the work of many experts in the fields of neuroscience, brain development, stress, and anxiety, trauma, brain-body connection, including:
Basel van der Kolk
Terry Orlans and Michael Levy
I’ve applied the research findings in my professional and personal lives. I’ve fostered a deep understanding of how stress, anxiety, and trauma can negatively affect your wellness and resilience. And, just as importantly, how to counteract it.
The right amount of stress creates energy, focus, clarity and motivation to allow you to be ‘in the zone’ and aim higher.
Too much stress – especially over time – reduces engagement and productivity, and delivers ‘stress stupid’ behaviour, thinking and decision making.
I understand how stress overload can cause us to become ‘stress stupid’.
I know how damaging this can be for individuals, and for organisations.
I have developed strategies and tools that will help you achieve stress intelligence and access the many benefits it delivers.
If you’re ready to take control when stress shows up in your life, I’m ready and waiting to teach you how.
After I graduated from Bristol University, over 20 years ago, my work in Early Years care and education began. My first role as a supervisor in a pre-school ignited my interest in emotional behaviour.
Later I worked with pre-school children who had complex physical, learning and emotional needs. And I spent several years running a childminding business.
I learnt so much about human behaviour from the children in my care. I felt compelled to increase my understanding of their developmental needs and began investigating related research.
When I put the theory into practice, I could see how it delivered better outcomes for the children. This was the start of my journey towards understanding the brain-body connection.
Today, I deliver training to Early Years settings. I also regularly deliver keynote speeches about the impact of childhood trauma, stress and anxiety on early development.
Jane Evan’s training is incredibly powerful and inspirational. Her approach has enabled us to re write our behaviour policy with a strong emphasis on supporting children’s well-being.
Becoming a foster carer was a key turning point for me. This role kick-started my enduring curiosity about the effects of a stressful, traumatic start in life.
After reading about the neuroscience research into attachment and resilience, I regularly saw it play out in the children staying in my home. I was inspired to keep learning, and I’ve never stopped.
I spent three-and-a-half years as a ‘respite’ foster carer offering short breaks to children with complex trauma and attachment needs.
I went on to use my knowledge and experience to support traumatised people of all ages in my professional and personal life.
I now deliver training and support to foster carers, pre-and-post-adoptive parents and kinship carers. I also speak to audiences of support workers at conferences around the UK.
Support workers regularly deal with highly stressful situations, so I run workshops for them throughout the year focusing on managing wellness and resilience.
Jane, I feel much more positive and I feel I have “finally” been listened to and understood. It has been very helpful and I am taking home a lot of ideas I will put into practice.
Parenting & Family Support
My frontline parenting and family support work included roles such as:
• home-school link worker
• family and children’s support worker in centres working with families impacted by domestic violence
• a coach for families experiencing child to parent abuse and violence.
This work challenged me to learn more and understand the effects of trauma, anxiety and stress on young brains. I stayed up-to-date with the current research and paid attention to key, reoccurring messages and needs.
My work with parents and carers, reinforced by my research about the brain-body connection, informed my public speaking, coaching, training and media roles.
It also provided the foundation for my Fink Cards and my series of illustrated books written to support children with complex developmental needs.
Very enlightening session and fantastic help and advice. Encouraging about the potential changes that can be made to improve family life and build a better future.