Sharon Shepard-Levine

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Creative and compelling media production for
Mental Health and Substance Use Professionals

Sharon is an international award winning video Producer and Director who specializes in mental health video production. She creates videos that are sensitive to this subject matter with responsibility, creativity and understanding.

CaringHeadSharonShe has co-written and produced mental health and substance use video projects that are used nationally for training, marketing and research. Many of these projects are Telly and Communicator Award winners.

As a producer, Ms. Shepard-Levine assembles production teams that employ the best creative and technical people in the business. She has an extremely diverse and competitive group of external resources available to her. These long standing relationships, as well as her skills, have given her an enviable track record of bringing projects in on time and on budget.

Some recent projects include:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - A series of six videos were created for SAMHSA’s restructured NREPP Learning Center website.  The videos were designed to reach a broad audience including practitioners and their organizations, SAMHSA employees and contractors, as well as those interested in the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based programs and practices. Three of the videos are available on the NREPP website now. Other videos will be rolled out in the next few months on the NREPP website. Here are a few examples you can view on our Vimeo site: Overcoming Resistance to EBP's, Everybody Needs a Team, Getting Ahead, Staying Ahead.

Hazelden - LifeLines: A Suicide Prevention Program – These two video programs were designed for School Resource Staff when dealing with students who are at-risk for suicide. One program features Experts in the field who help School Resource Staff when informing parents that their child needs an assessment for suicide risk. The other program highlights some of the techniques School Resource Staff can use to make interviewing challenging at-risk students a little easier. Both of these programs utilize role-play scenarios and ‘step-by-step’ information. There is an excerpt here.
You can learn more about the program from
Hazelden.

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide - Not My Kid – The questions to ask about whether or not your child may be at risk for suicide can be complicated. This video asks and answers a few of those questions but, more importantly, demonstrates how to ask those questions-and keep asking-until you get answers that help you understand whether or not your child is at risk....and what to do about it. There is an excerpt here.

Act on FACTS: Making Educators Partners (Revised) - Web-based, interactive suicide awareness training for educators in the US.  It consists of 6 modules including high school, middle school and elementary school role play situations. The course gateway is here. If you want to explore beyond the Welcome page, contact Sharon.

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Stand By Me: Support For First Responders - Three First Responders, shown first in their work environment are then brought together in a panel discussion and discuss the various stress reactions that can follow different types of disasters as well as the stress of their day-to-day responsibilities. Mental Health experts provide psycho-educational information and provide suggestions about self-care including how to seek services without any stigma attached. Here is an excerpt.

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey - GOALs [Going On After Loss] - This program was created to educate mental health clinicians nationwide on a counseling program developed in New Jersey to address the needs of families that have experienced traumatic losses.

Beyond 9-11 - The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s Beyond 9-11 helped aid educators in designing appropriate memorial activities in remembrance of the tragedies of September 11, 2001. These educators were invited to explore their personal journey through the tragedy and its aftermath. It prepared educators to help their community identify its emotional resiliency’s and coping skills for dealing with terrorism or other traumatic events. This video along with an accompanying pamphlet was distributed to all schools within the State of New Jersey.

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"Working with Bob and Sharon is truly partnering. They obviously love the work and are deeply committed to the cause. You can’t do better."

Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH
NY State Psychiatric Institute

"They truly understand communicating in the fields of mental health and substance use. Professionals in these fields will find their work unique and invaluable."

Robert E. Drake, MD, PhD
Westat

"The NY videos Lindy has done with Sharon & Bob are the standard by which all other mental health and substance use training videos should be judged."

Kim T. Mueser, PhD

Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University

"Most important, the final product was outstanding and will be instrumental in teaching clinicians around the country new skills when working with their clients. We will work with Bob and Sharon in a heartbeat!”

David L. Penn, PhD
University of NC at Chapel Hill

“They work incredibly well together as a team to create high-quality, inspiring videos.”

Nancy H. Covell, PhD
NY State Psychiatric Institute

"The professional quality of the videos makes training easier.  People learn more from the videos because they are so believable.”

Piper S. Meyer, PhD
University of Minnesota

“Aside from winning awards, we have had many comments from people who have viewed the teacher training and the parent video, about how well done and professional they look”

Scott Fritz
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

"Lindy, Sharon and Bob are thoroughly professional, a delight to work with and are dedicated to the treatment of co-occurring disorders as it has begun to receive the attention it deserves."

Sid Farrar
Hazelden Publishing

“Typical of their approach is the power of personal story-telling, which enables the audience to make deep connections with the issue being portrayed.”

Mark P. McGovern, PhD
The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

“Bob, Lindy and Sharon treated the people they filmed with genuine caring and regard.  As a result, they captured powerful personal stories illustrating hope and recovery.”

Paul J. Margolies, PhD
NY State Psychiatric Institute

They have been creative, resourceful and reliable working partners.  We've been satisfied customers!

Mary Brunette, MD
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

“I would highly recommend them to anyone who is contemplating a project that requires video content of the highest quality.”

Don Quigley
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

“You cannot work with a better team.”

Luis O. Lopez, MS, HSBCP
NY State Psychiatric Institute