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Community Protection

Presenter: Patricia Patterson
Date and Time:
Wednesday, September 23, 2015: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(Time includes a one-hour lunch break, on your own.)

5 Continuing Education Hours for Social Workers

Newly revamped to better meet the needs of direct care providers! Community Protection is designed to help develop effective support for consumers who have complex mental health concerns or legal involvement due to aggressive physical or sexual behaviors. This one time training focuses on developing a behavior support plan and strategies to help the individual learn new, more effective ways to express their needs and wants, express their emotions and get their needs met.  It stresses an effective support plan, effective expression of feelings and wants, maintaining boundaries, and managing power and control struggles.

About the Presenter:
Patricia Patterson is a licensed clinical social worker. She has worked at Midwest Center for Psychotherapy and Sex Therapy since 1980. She recently retired from her clinical practice.  She continues to consult with agencies to develop programs for highly aggressive individuals.

Pat received her masters in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978. She has been certified by the American Academy of Social Workers since 1980. She has been a Certified Sex Therapist by the American Association of Sex Educators Counselors and Therapists since 1978. She is a past president of the Board of Family Sexual Abuse Treatment, an agency in Dane County that provided coordination of services for families who experienced child sexual abuse in the family.

Between 1985 and 1987 the Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities convened a taskforce identifying issues of sexual abuse of people with developmental disabilities. Pat served on this task force. During this time she provided training around Wisconsin to agencies and support providers. In addition, in 1991 the Council published Doubly Silenced: Sexuality and Sexual Abuse of People with Developmental Disabilities authored by Pat.
She is a frequent trainer and consultant to individuals and agencies in Dane County and around the state about issues related to sexual abuse and violence by people who have developmental disabilities.

These trainings are mandatory for all staff working in identified community protection homes. However, these trainings are also highly relevant to brokers and providers working with individuals who have difficulty managing their emotions as well as abuse and violence cycles as a result of trauma, attachment issues and personality disorders.