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Jennifer van Wyck

Jennifer van Wyck

Jennifer van Wyck has a Masters in Counselling psychology from the Vancouver Adler campus and has been a humanitarian since 2010 when she started a non profit organization to aid with Haitian earthquake relief. Since then she has received the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada for her humanitarian work during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa where she set up mental health programs to help communities deal with and eventually recover from the devastating effects of Ebola. She has worked in the field of Mental Health and Gender Based Violence in a variety of natural disasters, epidemics, and war zones, including two years in the Middle East setting up programs to aid and assist women and children who had been under ISIS rule. She has created global guidance protocols on how to remotely implement case management hotlines in emergencies and during the COVID lockdown she wrote “The Good Thing About Mortar Shells: Choosing love over fear” a book about how she uses her psychotherapeutic techniques to find hope and beauty even in the most dire circumstances, which was a #1 bestseller in Canada. Jennifer has been director of Van Wyck Consulting for over 10 years and she was recently invited by the Republic of Korea Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be a panelist in their 3rd annual conference on “Action with Women and Peace” which took place in Seoul. Jennifer is now working with the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Philippines to capacity build the emerging mental health system in the Bangsomoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.