Janus holds her Master of Social Work from Barry University, Master’s in Psychology from University of Phoenix, Certification as a Certified Human Animal Intervention Specialist from Oakland University, Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and Associate’s in the Arts from Ferris State University. She continues to seek additional education and training to better help the people she works with and strives to empower. Additional education includes: becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, (LCSW), a Qualified Supervisor for MSW Interns, a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), Certified Rapid Resolution Practitioner (RRT), Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP), Certified Human Animal Intervention Specialist (CHAIS), Certified Professional Coach (CPC).
Janus is trained in RRT® (Rapid Resolution Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Pet Loss Bereavement Counseling, Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), Developmental Play Therapy, and Level I StoryPlay®.
Janus has had the honor of being asked to present on various topics including Canine-Assisted Therapy, Canine-Assisted Therapy and Trauma, Successful Positive Change, and Emotional Intelligence. She has authored her own fictional storybook to invoke discussion about abuse through the eyes of a puppy and has co-authored a chapter about Canine-Assisted Therapy and Working with Touch with Children.
In addition, one of her most powerful assets are her canine co-therapist and crisis response partner, Mack, with whom positively impacts people who have not been responsive to other therapies. Together they have helped the most vulnerable victims overcome phobias and complex traumas. Mack and Janus also work as a field/instructor team in disaster/crisis situations with National Crisis Response Canines. Janus is also training and working with her two younger canines, Eli and Bear, to continue with the work Mack has started.