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Sharon Crowder - CV

Sharon M. Crowder, LCSW- CPRP
National CWT Program Specialist
Veterans Affairs Central Office
4500 S. Lancaster (116)
Dallas, Tx  75216
(214) 857-0903
E-Mail: Sharon.Crowder@.va.gov

LICENSES Licensed Clinical Social Worker-License Number 20300
Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner 174922

EDUCATION:
1987-1991             Master's of Science in Social Work
University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, Tx (With Highest Honors)

1970-1973            Bachelor of Arts
Eastern New Mexico University
Portales, New Mexico (Magna Cum Laude)

EXPERIENCE:

August 2009-present    National CWT Program Specialist in the Office of Therapeutic and Supported Employment Services, VA Central Office
Provide support, consultation and training to the CWT
programs throughout the United States. Assist in the development of new initiatives and legislation in the arena of therapeutic work endeavors. 

April 2007-August 2009        Local Recovery Coordinator, Mental Health
Services, Dallas VA Medical Center
This was a position which was designed    
to systematically promote recovery oriented mental health services throughout the VA system.  The LRC provides staff education as well as cultivation of recovery oriented attitudes, services and programs.  It included serving as staff liaison to the Consumer Advocacy Council, involved  mentoring, training and overseeing peer activities, assisting in getting peers hired into staff positions and integrating them into MH service delivery, and working with the  Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center. 

June 1997-April 2007        Program Manager, Veterans Industries
VA Medical Center, Dallas, Tx
This was a supervisory position managing 14 staff members providing clinical & vocational programming to homeless, mentally ill veterans. Provided clinical supervision of several Master’s level staff, field instructor for MSW students, Field instructor for Vocational Rehab students, LCSW supervisor for clinical staff, surveyor for Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF)   Co- investigator for Pathways Research project on utilization of vocational rehabilitation services for seriously mentally ill veterans, project manager for supported employment seriously mentally ill national pilot project in VA, Manager for joint initiative with Spinal Cord injury and vocational rehabilitation national pilot project. From 1997-2004 it included program management of the Transitional Residence program.

November 1991-June 1997    Program Manager, VA/Social Security 
Project VA Medical Center, Dallas, Tx

December 1980-November    1991 Social Security Interviewer
Albuquerque, NM, Midland Tx, Clovis, 
NM, Grand Prairie Tx
Performed significant amount of adult education activities
during this time.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

August 2005-December 2005    Adjunct Professor, Social of Social Work,
University of Texas at Arlington Tx

May 1998-August 2009 Surveyor for Employment and Community
Services, Rehabilitation Accreditation
Commission, CARF

May 1999-present         Organizational membership, International
Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation
Services

October 2007-present    Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner,
International Association of Psychosocial
Rehabilitation Services    

May 1995-April 2007    Field Instructor, University of Texas at
Arlington, Master’s of Science in Social Work
Program

May 1995-present    Approved Licensed Clinical Social Work
Supervisor Texas Board of Social Work
Licensing