Shari Nacson is a mother, social worker, freelance editor/writer, activist, and nonprofit consultant. She has edited manuscripts and journal articles about toxic stress, trauma, and related interventions. A public speaker about clinical concepts and child development, she has been invited to present public talks about the impact of trauma on personality development, learning, and functioning; vicarious & secondary trauma; developmentally appropriate school safety protocols; parenting with intention; and the benefits of family volunteerism during early childhood. Her clinical work has included the treatment of highly traumatized children and their parents, as well as forensic evaluation of trauma survivors who are seeking asylum. She most recently joined as a facilitator in the Writing for Friendship project, which builds resilience among students at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh.
A graduate of Rutgers College, Shari received her masters degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University in 2002. She has received honors and awards for her scholarly work in the field of children’s mental health. Her post-graduate studies have included four years of psychoanalytic didactic studies, mentorship, and infant/preschool observation at the Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development and four years of study under analyst Dr. Gilbert Kliman in forensic interviewing of traumatized individuals and the Reflective Network Therapy Model. She is currently studying the neurosequential model for trauma-oriented work, under Dr. Bruce Perry.