Ms Jo Fothergill
Bio and Qualifications:
Jo Fothergill (B. Soc. Sci, Hons., Grad. Dip. Counselling and Human Services) is a PhD candidate at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia. Her current research investigates the social impacts of parental alienation (PA) on mothers who are severely alienated from their children. Her work takes a sociological stance in a field dominated by discussion of the legal and psychological aspects of PA. It is expected that this research will more broadly inform those experiencing PA and practitioners hoping to better understand how these experiences effect mothers specifically and may aid in the empowerment of these mothers.
Jo has worked as a research assistant for the Maroochy Shire Council supervising other research assistants and collating quantitative research data. She has also worked as a community development/youth worker with at risk young people. These roles included liaising with community stakeholders, local government, state government, schools and other aid agencies. During this period Jo was the School Focus Youth Service coordinator for the Shire of Yarra Ranges in Victoria, also gaining her ‘Train the Trainer’ qualification. This enabled her to write and run several successful training programs with the young people she worked with, including the Youth Advisory Council for the Shire of Yarra Ranges.
Counselling work includes working at a homeless women’s shelter, with people in need of emergency accommodation and general community counselling in Melbourne.
Her interests lie in the areas of parental alienation, social justice and mental health. Jo is also a member of LEAP (Lived Experience Academic Program) and the PASG (Parental Alienation Study Group).