Tuesday, September 21, 2021

    Dr. Sharnell Myles

    Dr. Sharnell Myles, Psy. D. is a licensed psychotherapist and certified clinical trauma professional who specializes in the treatment of complex trauma. Her dedication to

    serving children, youth, and adults has spanned over 23-years with a focus on utilizing
    trauma-informed services to treat sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic minor sex
    trafficking, and community-based trauma. Dr. Myles is the Vice President of Embark
    Behavioral Health, a national intensive outpatient and residential behavioral health
    company, where she oversees the Georgia, Maryland, and DC areas.

    In 2000, Dr. Myles founded the JoyUs Beginnings Child & Family Wellness Center
    and The Urban Trauma Positive Impact Center, Inc. which is an exclusive trauma-
    informed treatment and advocacy center located in Atlanta, Georgia. Services include
    trauma informed therapies, trauma assessments, group treatments, gender specific
    social justice initiatives for girls of color and PeriCare a 2-Gen maternal fetal
    behavioral health treatment and advocacy initiative. JoyUs Beginnings also served as
    a training hub for therapists to develop trauma informed therapy skills and clinical
    practice development. Dr. Myles served as the first Clinical Director of youthSpark
    and was instrumental in developing the trauma informed protocol for a nonprofit
    organization serving vulnerable youth who experienced exploitation, abuse, and other
    victimizations within the Fulton County Juvenile Court (FCJC), the largest juvenile
    court in the southeast region.

    Throughout her career, Dr. Myles has consulted with various states, systems of care,
    and urban school districts such as East Cleveland’s MyCom, Inc. and Minnesota’s
    Robbinsdale Area Schools, to develop trauma-informed programming. In addition,
    she is a sought-after consultant who transforms businesses and organizations in the
    areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Myles is also a subject matter expert in
    Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) and has worked on the front line of this
    issue for over twenty years. In December 2018, Dr. Myles co-authored the first
    DMST Protocol for schools in the state of Georgia and has trained hundreds of school social workers, nationally, to effectively identify, respond, and support students impacted by DMST. In addition, she has trained over ten thousand individuals which

    includes Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, corporations, law enforcement,
    mental health providers, educators, lawyers, governmental officials, and community

    Dr. Myles has accepted many leadership positions throughout her career. She is the
    current Advisory Board Chair for the DeKalb County Juvenile Court Mental Health
    Court – Journey Program, a member of the Georgia Statewide Multi-Disciplinary
    Team for Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, Board Chair for Breaking the Cycle, Inc
    (Philadelphia), and was the Vice Chair of the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking
    Taskforce Survivors Supported and Protected workgroup. Dr. Myles is a subject
    matter expert and provides expert testimony in legal cases involving child and
    adolescent trauma. She has presented at various conferences and has experience in
    vast settings such as clinical, juvenile justice, Department of Defense, and
    community-based settings.

    Dr. Myles’ non-profit, The Social Justice Café for Girls, Inc., was founded in 2016
    and is a prevention program dedicated to serving girls in the areas of social justice,
    wellness, international affairs, and girl empowerment. Since its inception in 2016, the
    program has touched the lives of over 500 girls through mentoring, social justice
    cafés, wellness and empowerment seminars, international travel and service, and
    advocacy services. (www.socialjusticecafeforgirls.org)

    Dr. Myles has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and Master’s degree in Community
    and Clinical Psychology from Norfolk State University, and a Master’s degree and
    Doctor of Psychology degree from Georgia School of Professional Psychology at
    Argosy University in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Dr. Myles has been named a 2019 Servant Leader for her work in
    Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and has received numerous awards: Atlanta Board of
    Commissioners Proclamation, State Senate Resolution, The President Barack Obama
    Lifetime Service Award, Our Children’s Keeper Community Leadership Award,
    House of Hope Public Service Award, ACHI Magazine Mental Health Advocate
    Award, to name a few.

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