Sharin Smolenyak graduated with an MA in psychology from the University of Florida (UF) in 1974 where she originally gained experience in the children's mental health autistic in-patient unit at UF’s Shands Hospital. Sharin has a 33-year history of working with juvenile- through geriatric-aged individuals at a developmental services institution, and as an on-call behavior analyst for an institution of 550 residents. A seasoned interventionist, she has provided behavioral services to group homes, foster homes, schools, ARCs, and aging and adult services placements in Florida District 3. She also worked as a clinical behavioral specialist F/C for a male forensic facility with the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Sharin has been a proud and enthused co-instructor since 2008.
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