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Professional Development

Are you an educator, school professional, or licensed professional counselor?


Earn continuing education through Sharpen’s award-winning professional development programs.  Our mental health literacy and resiliency courses have been designed in collaboration with over 200 inter-disciplinary researchers and deployed in K20 settings for nearly 20 years.


Through our courses you will learn:

  • Latest research on childhood trauma

  • Suicide prevention and postvention best practices

  • Strategies for improving mental health literacy

  • Early identification and prevention for disordered eating

  • How to teach mindfulness in the classroom setting

  • Tips and tricks for managing your own stress


Each 8-hour course is self-guided through a special Sharpen application.  View the course on your phone or desktop at your leisure.  Sharpen and our partners at the University of West Georgia, are accredited providers of CE's for licensed professional counselors through NBCC.*


$64 per course (includes CEs)
District pricing available



Dr. Martin Eaton
Clinical Psychologist and Founder of Heads Up Checkup

"As a pediatric psychologist and the developer of a mental health screening instrument for children, I know the important role Sharpen' s professional development system plays in increasing safety and awareness in our school community.  It is critical that all educators and school professionals are trained in mental health literacy and prepared to understand the warning signs of a child in need of assistance relating to a mental health issue."


Dr. Terry O. Pruitt
Spartanburg School District 7

“The Sharpen professional development programs for school counselors have connected us to many resources to better support students struggling with mental disorders.  As Chief Academic Officer, I know it is crucial that we have a dynamic partner like Sharpen who we can trust to bring cutting-edge and safe programs into our schools.”

Demonstrated Value Through Focus Groups, Survey Data, and Real-World Results


recommended for others

98% of educators and counselors improved techniques for decreasing stress, and recommended the programs for other schools.


connected to practical techniques

96% of educators said Sharpen connected them to practical techniques they can use in a classroom setting.


increased awareness

92% of participants increased awareness on risk and protective factors for suicide, mental health and substance use disorders and how to appropriately support a student in need.


National Conference Presentations

  • 2023 American Psychiatric Association Annual Conference

  • 2023 Society for Behavioral Medicine Annual Conference

  • 2023 American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Annual Conference

  • 2023, 2022 and 2021 Southeastern School Behavioral Health Conference, SC Department of Education (Mark Weist, Director)

  • 2023 SC Foster Parent Association Annual Conference

  • 2022, 2021 Attachment and Trauma Network Annual Conference

  • 2022 Zero Suicide Summit, OK Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

  • 2022 New Mexico Department of Public Health & Public Education Department


Learn more about our research here

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