Patricia Dobratz, JD, LMFT, BC-TMH
My educational and professional background spans the fields of law, academia, and behavioral health services. I have had the opportunity to work as a prosecuting attorney, victim advocate, college instructor, marriage and family therapist, and vice president of behavioral health services. My favorite part of each role held has been the opportunity to support others.
I have demonstrated my dedication to the integrity of clinical best practices through my service and memberships. For years I served for the Arizona Network-AAMFT on the conference committee as well as in the role of Ombudsman. In 2011 I was appointed to the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners Marriage and Family Therapy Credentialing Committee. In addition, I was appointed to serve on the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners as a Professional Member and have had the honor of being elected Chairperson by my colleagues in 2014 and 2020. I have also been registered as a qualified clinical supervisor in Arizona since 2011.
What I am most proud of thus far in my professional journey are the opportunities I have had to train, mentor, and provide clinical supervision to others. I have taught at several colleges and universities for undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition, I have provided clinical supervision to interns, associates, and independently licensed professionals in the private practice and community outpatient settings. Most recently, as the Vice President of Behavioral Health Services for an integrated healthcare company I had the opportunity to develop training and professional development initiatives, refine policies and procedures, and oversee a team of over 100 clinical therapists and supervisors.
My training and experience uniquely situate me to assist therapists, supervisors, and organizations thus the creation of the Clinical Best Practice Institute!
Over the years, as a student, instructor, supervisee, and supervisor I have observed the challenges experienced by therapists, supervisors, and organizations. Regardless of time practicing or position held, ethical and clinical questions are inevitable. The work we do and people we serve are way too important to not have quality support available when these challenges and questions arise. The Clinical Best Practice Institute is focused on providing quality supportive and consultative services to those in the behavioral health field to help ensure protection of the public and the integrity of the field!