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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, Resilience-oriented Care (TIROC) training and consulting practice has helped organizations in primary care, behavioral health, schools, community services, managed care and government settings achieve the quadruple aim of enhancing the patient experience, improving population health, reducing costs and enhancing the work life of their staff.

Our expert team of thought leaders guides organizations as they implement multi-faceted initiatives focused on the foundation of TIROC to apply complex strategies that impact social needs and access to care.

Through a lens of cultural humility, diversity, equity and inclusion, we help organizations build a data-informed workforce, organizational and community resilience, trauma-informed supervision and leadership and eliminate gaps in implementation of organizational, systemic culture change. Our experts are available for short- and long-term consulting and training engagements at your site or virtually and can work hands-on with your implementation team.

Trauma-informed, Resilience-oriented Care Consultants:

  • Linda Henderson-Smith, Ph.D. LPC
  • Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT
  • Amelia Roeschlein, DSW, MA, LMFT
  • Laura Leone, DSW, MSSW, LMSW
  • Karen Johnson, MSW, LCSW
  • Pamela Black, MA
  • Cheryl S. Sharp, MSW, ALWF