Sharon Sanders

Professor of Professional Practice, Interim Director of Practicum Education

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Sharon Sanders graduated from Kent School with a specialty in Comprehensive Health. She has been teaching at Kent since 1997, and has taught all the practice courses for both years along with the electives Social Work and the Law, and a former elective Child and Family. Sharon has also been an active field liaison. She currently teaches the second year practice courses, the elective Social Work and the Law and serves as a field liaison. She also teaches in the online program. Prior to teaching at Kent School, Sharon taught at Carver School of Social Work.

Sharon's professional work history has centered on children and families. Her professional social worker history includes working as a CPS investigator and also was one of the social workers in the pilot program of pairing social workers with police officers to respond to high risk situations (this now has evolved into Crimes Against Children team), working at Home of the Innocents, and at Seven Counties in the Child and Family Division. While her last years have been spent in management, supervision and training she has an LCSW. Sharon previously served on the Kentucky Board of Social Work.

Research interests: children and families; mental health; child abuse, neglect and dependency; teaching, training and developing new social work professionals.