Office Phone: (540) 432-4451
Main Campus, Harrisonburg
Office Location: RLN 202
Office Hours: M,W 1-4
Dr. Carol Hurst is associate professor of Social Work. She is the Program Director for Social Work, since 2014, in the department of Applied Social Sciences. She teaches History & Philosophy of Social Welfare, Social Policy, Social Work Practice I (micro methods), Social Work Practice III (macro methods), Bases for Trauma-informed Caring, as well as Family & Human Behavior in Social Environment courses.
Hurst holds Masters & Ph.D. degrees in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Virginia. Her years of clinical practice have focused on children, youth, and families from a predominantly family systems’ perspective. Her research and writing collaborations have focused on clinical supervision, boundaries management, & parenting concerns like quality child care and breastfeeding, as well as learning outcomes evaluation. Hurst holds expertise in early childhood development and parenting, as well as clinical supervision. She has a special interest in preparing clinicians for respectful practice to enhance parenting performance. She is a licensed clinical social worker with experience supervising individuals from the student to licensure candidate levels. She has been providing clinical supervision for counselors and social workers serving children, youth, and families since 1993. She sees herself as a bridge person between the academic world and the “real” world of practice.
Previously, Dr. Hurst served as Director of Continuing Education for Providence Service Corporation. While with Providence, Dr Hurst served as a national service line leader for clinical supervision within Providence’s Corporate University (CUP). She designed the curriculum and taught CUP’s rigorous on-line continuing education course Providing Effective Clinical Supervision: An intensive clinic for clinical supervisors. While with Providence, she participated in promotion and delivery of trainings on Trauma Informed Care for Providence’s workforce throughout the U.S. in collaboration with the National Council on Community Behavioral Health learning communities for trauma-informed care.
Ph.D., Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2007
Dissertation: “Constraints on breastfeeding choices for low-income mothers”.
M.S.W., Virginia Commonwealth University, 1990
Specialization: Family and Child Welfare, Clinical Methods Focus
Phi Kappa Phi Scholar
B.A., Sociology, minors: English & Journalism, Eastern Mennonite University, 1986
Hurst, C.G. (2013). An initial validation of a measure of sexual perceptions regarding breastfeeding. Social Work in Public Health. 1(28), 21-31. doi: 10.1080/19371910903323781.
Hurst, C.G. (2012). Sexual or maternal breasts? A feminist view on the contested
right to breastfeed in public. Book chapter in Hall Smith, P; Hausman, B.L., & Labbok, M. (Eds.) Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breastfeeding Constraints and Realities (333-347). Rutgers, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
Singley, D.B., and Hurst, C.G. (2011). Comparing E-Learning, Tele-Classes, and Live Trainings: An Analysis of Cost and Training Effectiveness [White paper]. Retrieved from: http://essentiallearning.com/white_papers.htm. (available by request)
Hurst, C.G. (2009, abstract). Encouraging and discouraging breastfeeding: Relational odysseys concerning mothers’ milk. Breastfeeding Medicine: Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, 4(4), 246. ISSN: 1556-8253.
Hurst, C.G. (2007). Addressing breastfeeding disparities in social work. Health & Social Work, 32(3) 207-210.
Hurst, C.G. (2006). Clinical social work: Beyond generalist practice with individuals, groups, and families. Perspectives on Social Work, 4(1), 34-36. Available at: http://www.uh.edu/gssw/prospectivestu/phd/perspectives.htm
Hurst, C. G. (2003). Crazy quilt: A lament for mothers lost. Poem in Berry, M.E., & Haverstick, P. (eds.) Women’s Concerns Report: Theology and Gender, 169, 17. Akron, PA: Mennonite Central Committee
Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts
Hurst, C.G., Singley, D. (2012, January). Comparing continuing education distance learning formats versus live workshop for a making parenting matter training course.
Presentation at the 2012 Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Conference: Research That Makes A Difference: Advancing Practice and Shaping Public Policy. Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, DC.
Hurst, C.G., Singley, D., & Sampson, A. (2011, August). Teaching an Organization to Fish-Learning and ROI Results from a Blended Training Effectiveness Study.Presentation at the 2011 American Psychological Association Annual Meeting. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
Hurst, C.G., (2010, March). Sexual or maternal breasts? A feminist view on the contested right to breastfeed in public. Presentation at the 5th Symposium on Breastfeeding and Feminism: Informing Public Health Approaches. Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC. Hosted by: Center for Women’s Health and Wellness, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Hurst, C. G., (2009, November). Encouraging and discouraging breastfeeding: Relational odysseys concerning mothers’ milk. Poster presentation at the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine 14th Annual International Meeting “Lessons from History, Implications for Tomorrow” Williamsburg, Virginia.
Hurst, C. G., (2009, March). Sexual perception as a constraint on low-income mothers’breastfeeding choices. Poster presentation at the 4th Symposium on Breastfeeding and Feminism From Birthplace to Workplace. University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Hurst, C.G., (2009, January). Constraints on breastfeeding choices for low-income
mothers. Presentation at the 13th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR); Research that Promotes Sustainability & (Re)Builds Strengths. New Orleans, LA.
Bickman, L., Douglas-Kelley, S., Walsh, T., Hurst, C.G., Casey, S. (2008, May). Real change in the real world is real hard: Improving client outcomes. Session at 38th Annual Conference of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. Copley Place, Boston, Massachusetts.
Walsh, T., Hurst, C.G., Mitchell, R., & Laverty, F. (2007, November). Practice-based evidence and CFIT (Contextualized Feedback Intervention Training). Workshop at the 31st Virginia Juvenile Justice Institute Partnering for Better Outcomes for Court-Involved Children. Roanoke, Virginia.
Hurst, C.G., (2007, May). Encouraging and Discouraging Breastfeeding: Relational Odysseys Concerning Mothers’ Milk. Presentation at the Third International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Hurst, C.G., (2007, May). The EPA in My Backyard: An Auto-Ethnography of Poisoned Earth. Presentation at the Third International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Hurst, C.G. (2007, April). Sexual Perception as a Constraint on Low-Income Mothers’ Breastfeeding Choice. Poster Session at Women’s Health Research Day. Sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women’s Health. Medical College of Virginia. Richmond, Virginia.
Hurst, C.G. (2006, November). Socio-cultural Constraints on Low Income Mothers’ Breastfeeding Choices. Poster presentation at VCU Institute for Women’s Health All About You: Advances in Women’s Health Research 2006. Jefferson-Lakeside Country Club Richmond, VA.
Howell, M., Hurst, C.G., & Leisey, M.R. (2006, May). Co-creating social justice in the classroom: A Gadamerian approach to teaching. Presentation at the Second International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Hurst, C.G. (2006, March). Socio-cultural constraints on low income breastfeeding choices. Presentation at the First Virginia Graduate Research Policy Forum. Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
Hurst, C.G. (2006, February). Constraints on the breastfeeding choices of low income mothers: A pilot study. Poster Session at the 52nd Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Chicago, Illinois.
Howell, M., Leisey, M.R., & Hurst, C.G. (2006, February). Co-creating social justice in the classroom: A Gadamerian approach to teaching. Special Session at the 52nd Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Chicago, Illinois.
Church, Community and Professional Service
Hurst, C.G. (2015, May). Ethics and boundary concerns for school social workers. Invited Guest Speaker for Spring 2015 Meeting of the Valley Visiting Teacher/School Social Work Association. Front Royal, Virginia.
Hurst, C.G. (2015, April). Let’s talk about suicide. Facilitated conversation for members processing experiences with suicidal thoughts or suicide grief in a Connections session sponsored by Overseers’ committee of Charlottesville Friends Meeting, Baltimore Yearly Meeting Religious Society of Friends. Charlottesville, VA.
Certifications and Licenses
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Virginia (0904002440).
NASW certified Clinical Supervisor — Virginia
Member, Washington Community Scholars Center (WCSC) Advisory Council, 2015-present
Member, Institutional Effectiveness Committee.