Sharon Givens - Brief Bio
Dr. Sharon Givens is a researcher, a licensed psychotherapist, career counselor, professional trainer and academician. She is the CEO and Director of Visions Counseling and Career Center LLC., (VCCC). VCCC is a premier private practice offering career counseling and coaching, mental health counseling and psychological testing with locations in Columbia SC, and Fort Mill, SC. Sharon is also the sole proprietor of Training Visions, an international training firm, dedicated to providing customized training in the areas of career development, diversity and mentoring.
Sharon has been involved with NCDA since 2008. She has earned a certification as a Career Development Facilitator, Career Development Facilitator Instructor and a master trainer. Sharon has served on the Career Development Facilitator Instructor Task Force, and currently serves on the Master Trainer Committee. Sharon is currently a member of the NCDA Advisory Council where she serves as the co-chairperson. Since her tenure on the council, she has lead, participated in and developed various ingenuities to promote the success of the Career Development Facilitator program as well as the National Career Development Association. More specifically, she has played a major role in the revision process of the career development facilitator curriculum and is leading the Career Development Facilitator program assessment task force.
Sharon has an undergraduate degree in social work with a minor in psychology. She has a graduate certificate in Psychiatric Rehabilitation. She has a Master of Science in Counseling and a Master of Education in Adult Education. Sharon also has a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a cognate in counseling. Sharon was the recipient of the Lorin Anderson Award for Doctoral Research. She has over fifteen years of experience in the career development field with roles including a career counselor, college and career readiness project director, mentor, career coach and director of career development training. As a career and college readiness project director in her home state of South Carolina, she developed two major career development infrastructures that has enabled over 20,000 students across the state to attend college and or obtain successful employment.
My conceptualization of this role as a Trustee calls for taking responsibility, being accountable for all actions, staying abreast of the most current trends in the field, adhering to a uniform and a universal standard of practice, but most importantly acting with integrity. As a Trustee I desire to further create a collective platform to promote the Career Development Facilitator Program and other NCDA initiatives, particularly with private practitioners and an array of businesses while generating a new member base. Therefore I would uphold the mission and vision of the NCDA via advocacy and leveraging human and financial capital.