Thomas K. Hurster M.S.S., L.C.S.W., C.G.P., F.A.G.P.A. has been working with children, adolescents, and their families, in different clinical capacities since the early 1970’s. A graduate of Beloit College in 1974, and the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research in 1980, he has worked in crisis intervention, inpatient psychiatric settings, community mental health, and in the private practice of psychotherapy. Tom has been with Benchmark School, a private school for learning-disabled students in Media, PA, since 1987, where he has had several roles, including Director of Admissions, and Supervisor of Child and Family Support Services. He presently also divides his time between private clinical practice, and as an adjunct faculty member at the BMCGSSWSR, where he annually teaches Clinical Social Work with Children and Adolescents, Group Treatment, and Psychopathology. Regularly conducting a number of therapy groups with youth at both Benchmark School and in his private practice, he is a strong proponent for group counseling and group psychotherapy, and is active in both the American Group Psychotherapy Association, where he is a Fellow and the co-chair of the Child and Adolescent Special Interest Group, and THE Philadelphia Area Group Psychotherapy Society, on whose board of directors he currently serves.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work American Group Psychotherapy Association Philadelphia Area Group Psychotherapy Society
Currently conducting two ongoing/open-ended co-ed mixed diagnosis/presentation psychotherapy groups for high school aged adolescents.
Am in the process of starting a co-ed support/personal growth/psychotherapy group for parents of children and adolescents.
Have plans to re-start a middle-school (6-8 grade) boys group.
Years in Practice: 40 School: BMCGSSWSR Year Graduated: 1980