This open dialogue is sponsored by the Southeast ATTC Regional Center and will focus on the role you play in impacting peer support relationship-based work during current times and where we go from the present in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tenessee, North Carolina, South Carolina. Treatment providers, peer support communities, and community-based organizations in Region 4 are encouraged to register for free.
Session Host : Sharon Hesseltine, BSW
Sharon Hesseltine, BSW is President and CEO of Intentional Beginnings, LLC of Louisville, KY, providing consultation, facilitation, and training to strengthen services for pregnant and parenting women who have substance use disorders, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma. Sharon received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Southern Illinois University in 1981, and in 2011 completed a post-graduate Certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health from the University of Minnesota.
For over 30 years Sharon has worked in Public Health and specialized in early childhood development, women’s health, and addiction. Her career has ranged from providing direct services to women through managing two sober living residences to designing and facilitating statewide and local collaborative initiatives that call on her skills in public policy, strategic planning, cross-sector collaboration, program assessment, and marketing. She has been a national trainer and facilitator for multiple organizations including the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, ATTC for ROSC, and Great Kids Inc. for the Growing Great Kids Parenting Curriculum. She has most recently developed SUD specific training for Peer Support Specialists and Supervisors in Kentucky and provides TA for the SAMHSA funded Opioid Response Network Technical Assistance Consortium.
Sharon is also a woman in long-term recovery and brings a unique mix of experience and science to her presentations. She is passionate about developing the capacity of communities, organizations, and individuals to better meet the needs of individuals, families, and communities impacted by substance use disorders.