November Luncheon

Our speaker for the month of November will be Sharon Cook, MC, LVRC, CRC.

Sharon Cook

Bio for Sharon-

Sharon is a Program Manager for Supported Employment with the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. Sharon assists individuals who have serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders obtain and maintain employment. She is the state-wide trainer for the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) evidenced-based practice and oversees the IPS grant operations at Weber Human Services and Southwest Behavioral Health Center. In addition to her providing Supported Employment and IPS training, Sharon conducts Mental Health Awareness training for businesses and community agencies. Prior to her managing the Division’s Supported Employment Program, Sharon was a Business Relations Specialist for Utah State Office of Rehabilitation. As a Business Relations Specialist, she provided statewide disability-related training to businesses and employers and assisted with their hiring and retaining of people with disabilities. Sharon received a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies from Weber State University and a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from University of Phoenix. She is a Licensed Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Sharon is a member of the Governor’s Committee on Employment for People with Disabilities, National Rehabilitation Association, Utah Rehabilitation Association, Utah Job Placement and Development, Utah’s Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program, Utah Business Employment Team, Utah Department of Corrections ASCENT, Offender Employment Specialist Trainer, Utah Defendant Offenders Workforce Development, Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Development Committee, and she is a Train-the-Trainer for WorkingMinds Suicide Prevention in the Workplace as well as Certified Train-the-Trainer for Rocky Mountain ADA Center. Sharon is passionate about employment and specifically, employment for people with disabilities! She enjoys spending time with family and friends and is often found in the mountains or at live concerts.

Sharon will be presenting on these topics:

  • Mental illnesses are common.
  • Effective treatments for mental illnesses and recovery.
  • Suicide Prevention
  • How business benefits from mental health-friendly policies and practices.
  • What a Mental Health-Friendly Workplace is and does (example policies & practices).
  • What Supervisors/Managers can do.
  • What national and local resources are available.

Thursday, November 16th, 2017


Logan River Golf Course

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