- MSW, University of Georgia, 2015
- BA History, Ithaca College, 1998
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 and address the needs of at-risk/at-promise urban youth. She examines the role of macro therapeutic interventions, including restorative approaches, social engaged art and storytelling, and youth civic engagement to foster positive youth development and empowerment. Caroline’s research includes participatory-action research, intersectional qualitative research, video ethnography, and mixed methods approaches. 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 and Board President for the Georgia Conflict Center. Caroline has a number of publications and has been a presenter at more than 300 professional community presentations, trainings, workshops, and juried conference presentations.
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trauma, historical trauma, urbanicity, YPAR, social engaged art and digital storytelling, restorative justice practices, community violence, mass and school shootings, curriculum violence, anti-racist culturally sustaining pedagogies, trauma-informed teaching