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Georgia Conflict Center

Team members

Caroline Sharkey

Caroline Sharkey

Board Member

Caroline Sharkey is a licensed clinical social worker and clinical supervisor at Project Family, a community mental health agency in Athens, Georgia. Caroline facilitates trainings nationally on trauma-informed approaches, restorative practices, and culturally sustaining teaching. She worked previously as the Director of Youth Services at Advantage Behavioral Health Systems where she oversaw all youth clinical services in the 10 county catchment area and six state and federal grant programs targeting school-based mental health, suicide prevention, early psychosis interventions, resilency after-school programs, system of care case management, and emerging adult services. She is currently pursuing a PhD in social work at UGA. Her clinical social work practice and research addresses the impact of trauma and historical trauma on urban communities with a focus on innovative macro-therapeutic interventions to address community violence, school shootings, youth engagement, and restorative practices. Caroline was the long-time director and teacher of the Albany Free school in NY, the longest running democratic school in the country focused on restorative approaches and student driven learning. She was a co-founder of Grand Street Community Arts Center in Albany's South End and established the award winning Youth Organics urban farming program. Caroline has worked as the assistant director of Youth Services for NY State's Cultural Competency Center and was the Project Coordinator for the Trauma-Informed Library Transformation (TILT), a collaboration with the Athens Library system to provide trauma-sensitive social workers in the library.  Caroline lives in Athens with her partner, a middle school teacher, and her three kids who prove daily that kids are downright amazing.


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