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Robyn Hussa Farrell leads Sharpen's series of webinars on an array of mental health topics

Join Sharpen CEO, Robyn Hussa Farrell for our Fireside Chat series highlighting the best practices in building resiliency through evidence-based strategies.  Topics include:

  • school behavioral health,

  • evidence-based suicide prevention and postvention models,

  • athlete mental health,

  • mindfulness-based stress reduction,

  • substance use and abuse,

  • trauma, PTSD and toxic stress

  • veteran mental health

Fireside Chats fulfill training requirements for SC Foster Parent Association certification.  To register, please email Robyn Hussa Farrell at

Archived Chats:


3 Case Studies Utilizing Trauma-Informed Technology to Improve School Resilience

Presented: April 28-30, 2022 at the Southeastern School Behavioral Health Conference (completed).

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Join Dr. Martin Eaton, Colin Bauer, and Ruth Schoonover for a 1-hour presentation sharing 3 case studies for trauma-informed technologies that improve educator and student resilience. Learn more.

Suicide Postvention Best Practices

Presented: March 28, 2022 (completed).

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Join Dr. Alex Karydi for a 1.5 hour presentation about best practices for suicide postvention and prevention. Learn more.


Head's Up Checkup screening system for K12 school suicide prevention

Presented: June 2021 (completed).

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Join Dr. Martin Eaton and Robyn Hussa Farrell for a one hour presentation about the Head's Up Checkup screening system for schools.  Learn more.

SEL and Mental Health, there is a difference: Preparing for a new era in schools

Presented May 11, 2021 (completed).

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Join Dr. Greg Firn and Robyn Hussa Farrell for a one-hour discussion around social, emotional and mental health best practices in schools. Learn more.

Building Resilience Through Trauma-Informed Technology and Rich Community Engagement

Presented April 15-16 as part of the Southeastern School Behavioral Health Conference.  (completed)
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here. Join Heather Witt, Tim Farrell and Robyn Hussa Farrell for this one-hour video presentation that outlines the deep community engagement and collaborations that led to developing the Sharpen system and framework.  In particular, the team will focus on the Sharpen Family resource and how it was designed in collaboration with over 15 agencies specializing in childhood welfare to support parents of young children and those in the foster care system.  Learn more.

Helping Children and Teens Cope with Grief and Loss

February 22nd, 1 pm – 3 pm EST (completed)
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Dr. Alex Karydi is a licensed therapist that has focused her research and clinical work on the impact of minority stress on LGBTQI populations, focusing on youth navigating their gender identity. She has a master's in clinical psychology, a postgraduate diploma in research psychology, a Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology, and a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has worked in various systems, including school systems, the justice system, social services, and behavioral health, providing care as a therapist, grant writer, and program manager since 2007. In 2015, she was appointed as the Program Director for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health – Office of Suicide Prevention, where she was responsible for establishing the first state office for suicide prevention, embedding the Zero Suicide framework in the state mental health care system, and developing the state school suicide prevention program.  Dr. Karydi will offer her personal and professional expertise in this 2 hour program. 
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Celebrating Well-Being and Mental Health for Veterans and Their Families:
Honoring those who have fallen and supporting those who serve.

Thursday, November 12th, 12 pm – 1 pm EST (completed)

Dr. Craig Burnette and Dr. Ray Scurfield will share stories of resilience from their time serving in Vietnam through the 40+ years of clinical work serving veterans and their families.  Dr. Christiana Degregorie will share current approaches from the trenches of the VA where she is a clinical psychologist working with today’s veterans.  Each will offer expertise, resources, hope and guidance that veterans and their families can utilize to build resilience. Learn more.

A Community Approach to Behavioral Health

Tuesday, October 20, 12 pm – 1 pm EST (completed)

Tom Barnet and Heather Witt co-Direct the Spartanburg County Behavioral Health Task Force for the United Way of the Piedmont, and will be joined by two founding members, Carey Rothschild and Roger Williams to provide keys to creating a successful community-based health model. Learn More.

Resilience and Suicide Prevention Programs in Schools: Practical Tips and Tricks from the Trenches

Thursday, October 15, 12 pm – 1 pm EST (completed)

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Learn best practices straight from four different perspectives in the trenches: Dr. Terry O. Pruitt, Chief Academic Officer for Spartanburg School District Seven; Tye Tindal, Clinical Director of Spartanburg District 7 RBHS Program; Colin Bauer, Lead District Social Worker for District Seven; and Ruth Schoonover Coordinator of Parenting and Social Work at Spartanburg School District Three will each offer expertise and resources that districts can utilize to build resilience. Learn More.

Alcohol, Substance Use Disorders and Suicide

Wednesday, October 14, 12 pm – 1 pm EST (completed)

Join Dr. Therese Killeen, national expert in the field of substance use disorders and PTSD who will discuss the models that have shown to be successful regarding substance use disorder and suicide prevention. Learn More.

Looking Beyond Stereotypes: Who is Really at Risk for SuicideTuesday, September 29, 12 pm – 1 pm EST (completed)Thomas Young, MD, Chief Medical Officer and co-founder of nView Health, will share his insight into the common stereotypes surrounding suicide and why we are missing the mark by not taking a more proactive approach in identifying those at risk. He will discuss his experience as a clinician and the benefit of mental health screening as a valuable tool that should be the new norm in proactive healthcare and accessible to all. Learn More.

Mindfulness & Suicide Prevention in Higher EducationThursday, September 24, 12 pm – 1 pm EST (completed)Three leaders in counseling and student affairs will discuss ways to use mindfulness as a preventative measure for suicide in student populations (undergraduate and medical students). Drs. Natalie Fadel and Alexis Stoner (VCOM), and Dr. Liz Jodoin (USC Upstate) have deployed unique programs to support resilience, manage stress and maintain mental wellness in their student populations. Their programs provide the foundation for comprehensive and dynamic counseling centers. Learn More.

Growth Mindset: Optimism in the Midst of PessimismTuesday, September, 22, 12 pm – 1 pm EST (completed)Rahul N. Mehra, MD Chief Physician Executive for the National Center for Performance Health( NCPH), Bret Lockett, former NFL football player, and Michael Cerino, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics at Limestone University, will each provide insights on how to achieve and maintain happiness, and review the strategies and successes related to mental resilience. Learn More.

School Behavioral Health, Student Wellness, and Suicide Prevention
Wednesday, September 16, 12 pm - 1 pm EST (completed)

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Dr. Mark Weist and the Behavioral Alliance of South Carolina have led the charge on best practices in school-based mental health. Dr. Weist’s team shared the latest strategies for suicide prevention in K12 schools. Learn More.

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