Caroline Sharkey is a licensed clinical social worker whose research interests center on the impact of trauma and historical trauma on urban communities with a focus on collective efficacy and social cohesion as ways to mitigate community violence, school shootings, and youth risk factors. She examines the role of macro therapeutic interventions, including restorative approaches, youth civic engagement, and social engaged art and storytelling to foster positive youth development. Additionally, her work as an educator addresses curriculum violence using culturally sustaining pedagogies and trauma-informed teaching.
Caroline was the long-time executive director and teacher at the Albany Free School and co-founder of an urban community center, Grand Street Community Arts in Albany, NY. She was the Director of Youth Services for Advantage Behavioral Health Systems and oversaw multiple state and federally funded programs for youth mental health, school-based services, early psychosis, suicide prevention, and emerging adult services. She was a part-time instructor in the School of Social Work at UGA and formerly the project coordinator for the Trauma Informed Library Transformation (TILT) program embedding trauma-informed services in public libraries.
Currently, Caroline is a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor at Project Family. Caroline has a number of publications and has been a presenter at more than 200 professional community presentations, trainings, workshops, and juried conference presentations.
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trauma, historical trauma, urbanity, community violence, mass and school shootings, restorative justice practices, YPAR, social engaged art and storytelling, curriculum violence, anti-racist culturally sustaining pedagogies, trauma-informed teaching