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Education: MSW, LCSW
Bachelor of Social Work, 1980, Gannon University
Master of Social Work, 1983, Washington University
Professional interests: social work field education, children and families, crisis intervention, child abuse, single parenting, divorce, and remarriage.
Teaching interests: Field education and social work practice courses.
Patti Rosenthal is an Associate Clinical Professor and the associate director for the School of Social Work at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Patti coordinates the field education program for the MSW students, and teaches field seminars and practice courses. She also leads the Social Work Field Education Collaboration project in conjunction with the St. Louis University School of Social Work, the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University, and Fontbonne University. Along with her colleagues on the project, Patti recently co-authored and article in Social Work Education highlighting the project’s work entitled “Multi- Program Collaboration in Field Education”. Patti was named the 2002-2003 Lecturer of the Year by the College of Arts and Sciences.
Prior to her affiliation with UM-St. Louis, Patti served as Executive Director of Kids In the Middle, Inc. for ten years. Kids In the Middle is a non-profit organization that serves children and their families who are experiencing family disruption due to separation, divorce, re-marriage or other family transitions. She has also worked as a family therapist, adolescent counselor and child abuse investigator.
Patti is actively involved in the community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for St. Elizabeth Academy, and has been the board chair for two year. She also serves on the advisory council for Kids In the Middle.
Patti is licensed as a clinical social worker in the state of Missouri.