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Professional Development

Continuing education for licensed counselors, educators and school professionals


Sharpen’s award-winning courses have shown through research to increase knowledge and best practices around the mental and behavioral issues that are contributing to the crisis in schools.  


Our programs:  

  • Have been designed in collaboration with over 200 inter-disciplinary researchers 

  • Have been deployed in schools and university settings for nearly 20 years.

  • Are self-guided and delivered through a special Sharpen application.  

  • Are available via phone or desktop.

  • Sharpen and our partners at the University of West Georgia, provide CE's for licensed professional counselors through NBCC.*


Course hours, learning objectives and pricing are listed below.
Group and enterprise pricing available.


Dr. Martin Eaton is a pediatric clinical psychologist and partner with Sharpen

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 Pruitt is a leader in school mental health and has been a partner with Sharpen since our inception

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

  • 2024 American Psychiatric Association Annual Conference

  • 2024 2024 Annual Meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine

  • 2024 International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation Annual Conference

  • 2024 SC Psychiatric Association Annual Conference

  • 2024 Society for Behavioral Medicine Annual Conference

  • 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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