Patricia Wallace, LCSW, LCADC, CCS

Patricia Wallace is the Clinical Director and Administrator at SOBA College Recovery.

Patricia is a member of The National Association of Social Workers and the Association for Addiction Professionals. She is certified in Clinical Social Work Supervision and is an International Certified Clinical Supervisor.

Previous Experience

Patricia Wallace began her career in social services at a residential agency that provides psychological support and housing to adults with serious persistent mental illnesses. She served in the capacities of Residential Counselor, Program Developer, Clinician and Supervisor and eventually as Director of Residential and Outreach Services. During that time the agency grew from a one group home to a staggering 54 housing projects. Patricia developed the service structure for the project while also supervising the delivery of services.  During this time she earned both her License as a Clinical Social Worker as well as her Certification in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Advanced Wellness and Recovery from the School of Psychiatric Rehabilitation at the University of Behavioral Healthcare.

After 12 years, Patricia ventured into a new direction and worked with at-risk adolescents and their families. This included young people experiencing emotional, psychiatric and behavioral issues as well as substance abuse.  While working toward gaining her License as a Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, she worked at methadone clinics in Elizabeth and Newark, New Jersey and then provided supervision for other staff members while pursuing their certifications.

Most recently, Patricia served as the Clinical Director of a Partial Care, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Program in Essex County, providing specialized treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use. During her tenure, she was instrumental in developing an evidence- based array of programming that included services such as The Matrix Model, Twelve Step Facilitation Therapy, Interactive Journaling, Wellness and Recovery Action Planning, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Patricia also supervised clinicians pursuing their Licenses for Clinical Social Work, Counseling and Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counseling. After completing her Seminar in Field Instruction, Patricia supervised students who were pursuing their Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Rutgers School of Social Work, College of Saint Elizabeth, Fordham University and Kean University. In order to ensure an individualized approach to treatment, she equipped clinicians with the framework required. This included Humanistic Approaches, Cognitive Behavioral Strategies, Interpersonal Process Theory and Motivational Interviewing Techniques.

This mother of three enjoys laughing, singing and dancing with her family and performs in musical theater productions at local community theatres. She recently performed her first leading role as Eva Peron in Evita while pregnant with her daughter, who was affectionately named “Eva”.

Education

Master of Social Work, Rutgers School of Social Work, 2004, Summa Cum Laude

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Italian at Rutgers College, Rutgers University, 1999