Professional Credentials and Affiliations
State of Michigan (#6801069033)
International Assoc. of Infant Massage
From an early age Jeri Lea was drawn to working with babies, young children and their families. Over the years her role evolved from nanny and preschool teacher to therapist, program administrator, consultant, and trainer. Throughout her professional journey her passion has been to promote and support strong, healthy relationships between parents, caregivers and young children.
Jeri Lea received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan and later returned to complete a post-graduate certificate in Working with Infants, Toddlers and Their Families. Jeri Lea has also achieved the highest level of endorsement through the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health as an Infant Mental Health Mentor (IV).
After working as a therapist for several years with young children and parents who had often experienced multiple traumas, Jeri Lea began exploring ways to bring more joy and connection to families and into her work. In 2003 she was trained and certified as a infant massage parent educator (CEIM) and as a Kindermusik educator. Intentional touch, play, movement, and music are powerful ways for families, babies and children to connect, heal and grow.
Beyond formal education and training, Jeri Lea also brings an understanding of the impact of early experiences from her own childhood experiences of adoption, divorce and the blending of families. Reflecting on and embracing these experiences has allowed her to appreciate the many ways that families are formed and ultimately, the healing power of relationships!
Jeri Lea continually strives to broaden her knowledge-base and integrate current research and theories on brain development, sensory and emotion regulation, relationship development, trauma, loss, health and complementary therapies into her work.
Overall, her goal is to be a resource and guide to parents and caregivers who are seeking to strengthen their connection with their children and find greater joy within their parenting role.