Sharon Forrence, Training Advisor for the USAID Staff Care Service Center, has over 30 years’ experience supporting staff working in high threat/non-permissive environments though customized training programs as well as individual and group support.
Working with Peace Corps during the height of the HIV/AIDS pandemic sparked her interest in strengthening support for Volunteers and staff working in countries deeply affected by the pandemic. Sharon co-founded Helpers Fire (2004 – 2010), a network with the mission of promoting the wellness of staff working in chronic and acute stress environments by sharing resources, best practices, and training materials.
In addition to facilitating training in strengthening resilience, Sharon has conducted individualized pre- and post-deployment consultations for disaster response personnel. She has also provided field-based support to staff in the aftermath of critical events in post-disaster, post-conflict environments.
Sharon has worked with government agencies, with non-government organizations and with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. She has experience working in over 55 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and in Eastern Europe. Sharon has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Catholic University and is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She calls Washington DC her home where she lives with her pup and an abundance of houseplants.