Breakout Presenters

Cheryl Sharp

Cheryl Sharp, MSW, ALWF, holds the unique perspective of a person who struggled with severe mental health challenges, a trauma survivor, a family member of a loved one who died as a result of mental health challenges, and a provider of substance abuse and mental health services. Sharp has worked with adult trauma survivors for over 30 years and trains and speaks internationally on trauma-informed care. She is an advanced level WRAP facilitator, Mental Health First Aid USA trainer/ instructor, and trainer of Intentional Peer Support. Sharp is also an ordained minister. She has worked as a hospice/medical social worker and as a director of social services for a skilled nursing facility. As the leader of the National Council’s Trauma-Informed Care Learning Communities, Sharp has led over 500 organizations in the implementation of trauma-informed care. Ms. Sharp is also the project lead for the National Council’s crisis services and suicide prevention efforts.  She received the Lou Ann Townsend Courage Award for her contributions to persons with psychiatric disabilities.