Wendy Monks-Janzen

Wendy Monks-Janzen will soon be a Masters of Counselling graduate from the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology at Athabasca University. Wendy lives in Asquith, Saskatchewan, a small rural town located just outside of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with her husband and three-year-old daughter. Currently, Wendy is working as an Addictions Counsellor, to support her clients through their addictions recovery. Wendy has a history of education pertaining to the specialization of Child and Youth Counselling, minoring in Child Protections. She currently utilizes this knowledge in helping her clients to safely rehabilitate and regain custody of their children upon completing in-patient treatment. With the guidance of her thesis supervisor, Wendy has focused her academic career on exploring the lived experiences of young adults who had a father who worked away from home for short-term rotations (e.g., 10 days on, 10 days off). Having experienced this phenomenon during her own childhood, Wendy utilized her experience to drive her passion for producing the first Canadian study that specifically addressed the adult child’s experience of short-term employment-related paternal absence. Wendy sought to gain a better understanding of these experiences through an Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis. Wendy will present her findings of this research by outlining her thematic analysis, by which produced 13 sub-themes set within four superordinate themes: Experiencing Paternal Absence, Adjusting to Paternal Absence, Temporal Adjustment, and Perceiving the Experience of Others.

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