Adaptable, motivated clinician and leader with proven program design, development and implementation skills. Bilingual (English / Spanish), oral and written. Interpersonal capabilities with professional, pastoral and lay (volunteer) community. Strong commitment to quality human services delivery and to the improvement of community health.
2010 to Present: Interdisciplinary Practice (Youth & Adult, Interventional)
Behavioral care development & delivery Clinical & career advisement Critical incident & case intervention
2000 to 2010: Community Health Practice (Family, Pediatric & Adult) Clinical assessment & therapy
Program direction & development Clinical consultation
1991 to 2000: Criminal Justice & Substance Abuse Practice Community development
Clinical program management & consultation Full-spectrum forensic practice
1988 to 1991: Seminarian / Priesthood Candidate
Theological studies & pastoral formation Pastoral care in diverse applications
1987 to 1988: Inpatient Substance Abuse and Mental Health Practice
Inpatient & day hospital care delivery Program Marketing (Adolescent & Adult)
1972 to 1987: Business, Service & Industry (’77-81 Texas Dept of Corrections)
Agency advertising & marketing Media sales & marketing Agri-Industrial chemical production & sales
Master of Social Work, Colorado State University
Master of Health Administration, Pacific Western University
Pastoral Lay Ministry Certificate, Oblate School of Theology
Bachelor of Arts, Humanities, University of Texas at San Antonio
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) – Colorado
Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) – Colorado
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) – Texas
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) – California, pending
Related Experience and Skills
Late teens & early twenties: total immersion in heroin addiction & counter-culture culminating in a four-year incarceration. Subsequent recovery unfolding into a public life of advanced clinical and pastoral care work. Public speaking and training for individuals, families, and clinical & pastoral practitioners. References and detailed background qualifications available upon request.
Explanation of Past Addiction & Legal History for David Petersen
In my teen years, I abused illicit drugs within a ‘counterculture’ lifestyle. After being identified for robberies to support a $200 per day heroin habit, and realizing the severity of my addiction & offenses, I surrendered. In 1977 at age 22, I began serving the lenient prison sentence given to me in light of my voluntary surrender.
Throughout my four-year stay in the Texas Department of Corrections, I was a model inmate. My utilization of education, health and personal growth resources within the system was matched by consistent self-improvement and service within that community.
Since my release from prison in 1981, I have continued to live a productive, responsible life. In 1990 and 1991, two parole boards under successive gubernatorial administrations recommended me for Full Pardon. To date, my perpetual recovery from addiction spans 43+ years.
This explanation is composed for the review of persons who might utilize my experience and skills for the betterment of the community, in both professional and lay settings. Statistical data regarding this matter often needed for administrative or security clearance is listed below. Thank you for your interest and attention in this regard.
Aggravated Robbery (2)
District Court, 186th Judicial District of Texas 300 Dolorosa San Antonio, TX 78205-3030