Pat Aussem is responsible for developing services and resources relevant to the families we serve, distilling complex information from multiple sources into understandable and actionable materials for lay audiences. This entails curating information on current substances trends, risk and protective factors, ways to intervene in youth substance use, parenting skills, and how to find and access quality evidence-based treatment along the continuum of care. She is a frequent spokesperson for the organization on topics including vaping, marijuana, opioids, medications to assist treatment and co-occurring disorders among others.
In addition to a Master of Business Administration degree in finance, Pat has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and is licensed in New York as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and in New Jersey as a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master Addiction Counselor certification. Prior to joining Partnership to End Addiction, she was engaged in clinical work at a psychiatric hospital, collaborating with psychiatrists to provide comprehensive treatment plans for adult and adolescent patients on detox, rehab and co-occurring disorders units. She also supervised an intervention program for perpetrators of interpersonal violence at Jersey Battered Women’s Services.
In addition to her work at Partnership to End Addiction, Pat has a small private practice in New Jersey serving families struggling with addiction and is on the board of Community in Crisis, a local nonprofit focused on ending the opioid epidemic.