Dr. John Sharry is a mental health professional and solution-focused trainer with over 25 years experience consulting with individuals, families, and organisations. He is a founding director of the Parents Plus Charity, works as a Social Worker at a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Dublin, and is also an adjunct senior lecturer at the school of psychology in University College Dublin. John is co-founder and clinical director of SilverCloud Health, an international technology company that develops online mental health programmes for health services. He has written several evidence-based online treatment programmes for depression, anxiety and stress which are used in Ireland, Europe and the USA.
John is also the co-developer of the award winning Parents Plus Programmes (evidence-based parenting courses) as well as the Working Things Out Programme (a multimedia therapeutic resource for young people overcoming mental health problems) which are used extensively in services and schools.
He is the author of ten books in counselling and mental health including threebest selling positive psychology books such as Becoming a Solution Detective, and Counselling Children Adolescents and Families and seven popular self-help books for parents and families, such as Parenting Teenagers, Parenting preschoolers and young children, When Parents Separate- helping your children cope, Coping with Depression in Young People and Positive Parenting: Bringing up responsible, well-behaved and happy children. His books have been translated into nine languages including Japanese, Chinese and Arabic.
Originally trained as a physicist, John has worked previously as consultant research scientist with Media Lab Europe, and currently co-leads a research group based at Trinity College Dublin, looking at the application of technology to promoting mental health.
He is a regular contributor to radio and the national media, and is a weekly contributor to the Tuesday Health Supplement of theIrish Times newspaper, writing on the subject of mental health, parenting and family life.
A renowned teacher, trainer and workshop presenter nationally and internationally, John has trained thousands of professionals in the last decade and delivers hundreds of courses and workshops to parents and families. John is well known for his engaging, inspirational yet informative and practical presentation style.