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Cheryl S. Sharp, MSW, ALWF

Consultant, Trauma-informed Care Initiatives, National Council for Behavioral Health

Cheryl Sharp, MSW, ALWF, has led more than 700 organization in the implementation of trauma-informed care (TIC). She has worked with adult trauma survivors for more than 33 years and passionately believes that people can and do recover to go on to live happy, healthy and productive lives.

As part of the National Council’s TIC team, she works nationally to facilitate TIC Learning Communities and is a content expert on trauma, resilience and TIC implementation. She also works nationally with National Council partners engaged in moving the needle on preventing suicide. Prior to creating Sharp Change Consulting, Inc., she created and led all the National Council’s trauma-informed initiatives, led On Our Own of Maryland’s Statewide Consumer Networks as the WRAP outreach coordinator, was the executive director and member of the Board of Directors of the STAR Process in Arizona and director of Kenyon Ranch located in Tubac, Ariz.

Sharp is in long-term recovery from mental health and addiction challenges and believes that we must shine light on what’s strong with someone; identifying their gifts, skills and talents. She has done hospice social work, which is an ongoing passion. In 2015, she received a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) Voice Award, the Lou Ann Townsend Courage Award in 2007 and the On Our Own of Maryland for developing the Maryland WRAP® Outreach Project.

Sharp received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in women’s studies, followed by her master’s degree in social work from East Carolina University in North Carolina.

Focus Areas: Trauma, Trauma-informed Care, Trauma-informed Peers, Suicide Prevention


Cheryl's Consulting & Training Services

The National Council’s trauma-informed care initiatives have helped hundreds of organizations across the country map out and execute a plan for delivering trauma-informed care. National Council trauma experts can help you devise and implement a complete A-Z trauma-informed care plan for your organization. They help you address board and leadership buy-in, workforce training, practice changes and guidelines, community awareness and outcomes measurement. Our experts are available for short- and long-term consulting and training engagements at your site and can work hands-on with your core implementation team. Addressing trauma helps your organization improve the quality and impact of your behavioral health services, increase safety for all, reduce no-shows, enhance client engagement and avoid staff burnout and turnover.

Trauma-informed Services Consultants:

  • Linda Henderson-Smith, Ph.D. LPC
  • Laura Leone, DSW
  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA
  • Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT
  • Cheryl S. Sharp, MSW, ALWF
  • Karen Johnson, MSW, LCSW
  • Pamela Black, MA