Roslyn E. Paterson, MA, LPCC, BSN, RN
9:30 a.m., CDT
I created a program for criminal clients which helps them begin to understand how they got to where they are today, how their history was the basic foundation of their life, but one they could change.
I use Teleology and ERs throughout my work. In this presentation, you will experience a portion of my one-day anger management program and in particular the area of Shame.
I have a current client willing to participate in our discussion as we demonstrate the ER process and helping clients understand how to use their feeling of shame to their advantage.
Adlerian Network meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. The meetings often run 2 hours. You don’t need to be a member of the Network in order to attend.
Roslyn E. Paterson bio:
I graduated from St Olaf College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and was licensed as a Registered Nurse in 1987. My nursing career began at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and I worked there for a little more than five years.
My life and career path changed when I was hit head-on by a drunk driver in 1992 following a shift as a First Aid Volunteer at the Metrodome. My injuries, though not life-threatening, were severe enough to end my hospital nursing career and I transferred to a position as a Telephone Triage Nurse. While in this position, my personal injury attorney, who also worked in criminal defense, explained that a drunk driver has the right to a test of their own, while they are still in custody, and there was no service to provide for such testing.
From 1995 to 1996, I had some serious soul searching to complete. If I was to launch a business that provided testing services to the drunk driver for the drivers’ defense, how would I feel about proving their sobriety and being instrumental in helping the drivers win their cases? I concluded that offering a service like this would be a business transaction. We would be merely a conduit for their cases and that the evidence would speak for itself. If I was instrumental in winning their case or not, I would still be offering a service to a market that had until that time been underserved.
In December 1996, my business venture Additional Testing, Inc. was launched. I started with one employee and covered the Twin Cities metro area. Over the years, my business offered different products to the legal and general community. Today, we are a busy drug and alcohol test collection site, and conduct chemical health and anger management assessments.
Nearly 20 years after college graduation, I considered my options for further training and settled on a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling and was licensed as an LPCC in 2009. Following this education, I have been able to provide additional services such as Individual or Couples counseling, chemical health counseling or Anger Management programming, either individually or in a group.
Remembering the year of reflection in 1995, I also was struggling with the redirection of my career, a choice chosen for me but without my input. If you had asked my 20-something self where would I be working at this stage in my career, it would have been something far from where I am now. However, as I’m often told, I needed to go through those steps to be there for others facing the missteps of their own.