Janine Marie Smalley, MSN, RN-BC
Board Certified Psychiatric Registered Nurse
Behavioral Health Educator
Animal Assisted Therapy Coordinator
Certified Mental Health First Aid Certified Instructor
As a nurse, mother, wife and mental health activist I saw a great need to provide mental health education to the public. This strong desire to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health led me to a career teaching others about mental illness and suicide prevention.
I am the behavioral health educator at a local hospital as well as a certified mental health first aid instructor.
And, with the assistance of my therapy dog Cooper, I started the animal assisted therapy program for the hospital. You can follow the adventures of Cooper on instagram @cooperthewonderpet . Cooper is also available to visit hospitals, nursing homes and schools. Cooper works on a volunteer basis (well, he does like cookies). If you are interested in having Cooper come visit, please contact me at 440-212-6769 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
I attended Kent State University and graduated Suma Cum Laude. Graduated in the top 1% of my class with my Masters of science in nursing education. I am also a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the honor society for nursing.
Currently, I am working on 2 separate research presentations pertaining to behavioral health education and Electroconvulsive therapy.
Teaching Mental Health First Aid has been an amazing experience and I look forward to presenting many classes in the future.
I have a teaching philosophy that incorporates interaction and activities. I know that I do not like sitting there for hours looking at a screen, Boring is not an acceptable method of education. When taking my classes, you will find the class to be full of energy and informative.