Sharon is a fully qualified and registered (BASW, NISCC) Mental Health Social Worker with over 21 years working in acute Mental Health within the local Health Service. As a Specialist Mental Health practitioner, she has trained as an Approved Mental Health Social Worker (16 years) with a key role under Mental Health Legislation, providing emergency assessments for hospital admissions if needed and has several years experience as the panel chair for the implementation of the new legislation, the Mental Capacity Act.

Sharon has worked across a range of Mental Health Services within the South Eastern Trust including Community Mental Health Teams, Mental Health Assessment Centre, Home Treatment Team and also with emergency services providing rapid responses to mental health needs throughout the night. She has worked to support those struggling with their mental health across all ages and sectors of the community. 

Sharon is skilled in the comprehensive assessment and treatment of mental illness, managing risks in a positive manner and providing a wide range of therapeutic interventions with CPD training in Distress Tolerance, Behavioural Family Therapy, low intensity CBT and perinatal support. Her interventions include both talking therapies and practical supports to manage current symptoms and promote recovery.

Sharon has managed several teams with a drive and passion to motivate and enable staff regarding self-care and mental wellbeing.

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