Sharon L. Haynes, LMSW
Sharon L. Haynes, LMSW has been a social worker at the University of Rochester Medical Center's Deaf Wellness Center (DWC) since November 2002. She is a graduate of Syracuse University's master's degree program in Social Work. Ms. Haynes provides individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy services and participates in the DWC's teaching and research initiatives. Ms. Haynes has attended numerous Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) training programs, including a two-week intensive program.
She and her colleagues at the DWC launched DBT treatment after modifying DBT materials and methods for Deaf clients. She played a leading role in Opposite Action and Radical Acceptance, DBT skills training films produced by the DWC. She has also participated in modifying as well as acting in films created for Deaf audiences for the Centers for Disease Control. Ms. Haynes also teaches ASL classes held at the DWC.
Ms. Haynes and four other Deaf women established Advocacy Service for Deaf Abused Victims in Rochester, NY in 1998, after attending domestic violence training at Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS) in Seattle, taught by ADWAS founder, Marilyn Smith. Ms. Haynes had several roles within ASADV from 1998 to 2010. Her related research and teaching work at the DWC includes serving as a task force member on a grant-funded project adapting a partner violence training curriculum for deaf audiences and assisting in the conduct of a 3 year research study on intimate partner violence funded by the Centers for Disease Control.
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