Lecturer and Field Consulant Patti Park is a licensed clinical social worker with a Master’s in Social Welfare and a Doctorate in Psychology. She has extensive experience in executive and senior leadership positions in community mental health organizations throughout Los Angeles County, and has been providing direct clinical services since 2001.
Dr. Park’s areas of interest include mental health, organizational leadership, trauma and contextual competence. Her experience includes clinical practice, research, teaching, program evaluation and development, grant writing, and executive management. She was involved in the planning and implementation of Proposition 63 funded trauma-focused and evidence-based programs in LA County. She has served on county best practices committees to enhance assessment and treatment for children involved in the child welfare system. Her most recent agency-based leadership role was as Regional Director and Interim Vice President for Children’s Institute, Inc. In this position, she provided strategic and organizational leadership to develop and sustain comprehensive trauma-focused mental health programs to children and families suffering from the intersecting effects of poverty, oppression and trauma. Due to her experience and expertise in child trauma, she is currently a National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Individual Affiliate.
Dr. Park integrates her clinical and leadership experiences into her teaching role at UC Berkeley and has taught Child Development in the Social Context, Cognitive Behavioral Methods, Family Therapy and Foundations of Multi-level Practice, and Direct Practice in Child and Family Settings. She has also taught theory and practice courses at UCLA and CSU Dominguez Hills.
In addition to her teaching roles, Dr. Park maintains a private practice where she provides psychotherapy and consultation services. Her clinical interests are primarily in the areas of mindfulness-based approaches in psychotherapy, resiliency, trauma and interpersonal neurobiology.