University of Connecticut

Patricia D. Wilcox

Alumni Patricia D. Wilcox

Specializing In Treatment of Traumatized Children and Their Families

Patricia D. Wilcox, MSW ‘78

Patricia D. Wilcox, Vice President of Strategic Development at Klingberg Family Centers in New Britain, Connecticut, specializes in treatment of traumatized children and their families and has presented extensively on this topic. She is responsible for agency strategic development, quality assurance and new program development and leader of the Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg which offers training and consultation on implementing trauma informed care both nationally and internationally.

Patricia is the creator of the Restorative Approach™ , a trauma and relationship-based approach to congregate care treatment of children. She is the current Executive Director of the Trauma Research, Education, and Training Institute (TREATI) and Faculty Trainer for the Risking Connection® trauma training program.

Other Current and Past Leadership Positions:

Former President of National Association of Social Workers Children’s Committee

Clinical Director at Klingberg Family Centers before obtaining current position in 2005

National conference presentations: the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; NASW; the International Conference on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma; the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers; the Alliance for Children and Families; the Child Welfare League of America; and the Black Administrators of Child Welfare.

Instructor at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work Continuing Education program

What inspired you to become a social worker?

Wanting to help children and continue my family’s tradition of service; inspired by various books.

How has your education at the UConn SSW prepared you for your career? Was there one person or learning experience that had an impact on you?

At UConn, I met many intelligent, thoughtful and interesting people both among my fellow students and the faculty. Many of them continue in my life as we intersect from various positions in the social service system. My two field placements were instrumental in teaching me both about therapy and about systems. My courses in Family Therapy and the African American Family were especially significant to me.

What has been your most rewarding accomplishment as a leader?

Changing treatment practices in programs serving children and adolescents to more closely reflect our knowledge of effects of the trauma they have endured and what will truly help them to heal.