Mr. Patterson became a member of full-time faculty July 2017. Previously, he had taught
as an adjunct faculty member at ETSU and other universities. He currently teaches
both undergraduate and graduate courses. Mr. Patterson has been a Licensed Clinical
Social Worker since 2003. He has practiced in many different areas including mental
health with adults and children with particular focus on trauma, health care in hospitals
and through home health, substance abuse treatment, and has provided services to clients
and their families coping with effects of dementia. He has practiced in inpatient
and outpatient settings including private practice. Prior receiving his MSSW, Mr.
Patterson served in the U.S. Army for 26 years. During that time he lived and worked
in Europe, Asia, Southwest Asia, Africa, and Central America. He earned a MA in Human
Resources Management and has taught courses at the graduate level in that area. His
areas of interest include the treatment of trauma, support for caregivers of those
with long-term debilitating illness, the integration of spirituality in the provision
of mental health services, and working with homeless populations.