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Wilson C. Hurley, LCSW

Department of Social Work

Wilson Hurley

Wilson C. Hurley, LCSW is an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University and a clinical social worker in private practice in Centreville, VA. He specializes in working with children, adolescents and families, but also works with adults in individual and couples therapy. Mr. Hurley developed a mindfulness program for children in an outpatient treatment program in the 1980s before entering the Fairfax County Public Schools where he worked in centers for emotionally disabled children for twelve years. Since his return to private practice in 2001, Mr. Hurley has integrated mindfulness and other selective focus techniques into his work with clients. He has presented on mindfulness, mind/body research, and transforming stress to clinical social workers in the Fairfax County School System and has talked on spirituality and psychotherapy in various venues including the Washington School of Psychiatry, the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, and the Northern Virginia Regional Support Center. More recently he has worked on a systematic approach to compassion development, which he presented at the 5th Annual Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE) at Amherst College, the National Association of Social Workers' 2014 National Conference in Washington DC, and the American Psychological Association's 2014 National Conference in Washington DC. His publications include Enhancing a Positive School Climate with Compassion and Analytical Selective-Focus Skills (COMPASS), IISTE Journal of Education and Practice (2014), and The Water and Wood Shastras, which he co-translated from the Tibetan with Yeshe Khedrup (, 2012).