Our Mission

To enhance the well-being of every individual who crosses our doorstep, while strengthening their relationships with all significant others; and to develop agency programs that support people and their families, and to train the agency professionals in family systems.

Who We Are:

Patricia C. Dowds, Ph.D.

patis a Clinical Psychologist and Co-Director of Family Therapy Institute of Suffolk, and the past Executive Director of the Minuchin Center for the Family, N.Y.C. Through these two agencies she has worked on developing programs to keep children out of the court system, and to reduce conflict in divorce. She also is a Consultant to Suffolk County Dept of Health, visiting faculty at Nassau University Medical Center, and SUNY at Stony Brook where she teaches working therapists, graduate students, medical students, and medical residents on family systems. She co-authored many articles and a chapter on Case Management in Family Therapy Review (Lawrence Erlbaum 2005). She is a national trainer and workshop leader on family therapy and family treatment issues. She has certificates in Substance Abuse Treatment, Family Therapy, Family Therapy Supervision and Divorce Mediation. She has maintained an active clinical practice for over 30 years.
For the past five years Dr. Dowds has become very active in state leadership. She has served as President of the Clinical Division of the New York State Psychological Association. She has held several other leadership positions, as well as being awarded the NYS Beacon Award. This award is presented to a psychologist whose leadership and/or advocacy activities has established a guiding light for the profession of psychology.

Sample of Presentations:

2011 “Pills or Parents…Parents or Pills, NYSPA”s Annual Convention, NYC, NY
2009: “Structural Family Therapy: Revolution to Evolution” The Networker, Washington, D.C.
2008: “A Clinician’s View on Evidence Based Treatment, NYMFT’s Spring Conference Rochester, NY
2008: “Adolescents in Trouble”, Missouri Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Spring Conference St. Louis, Missouri
2005: “The Politics of Becoming Systemic”, AFTA-IFTA’s 26th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
2003: “Evaluating Adolescents in the Family Context” – Suffolk County Psychological Association, NY
2002: “Working on Organizational Change in Substance Abuse Agencies” – AFTA’s 24th Annual Meeting, New York City, NY
2001: “Working on Organizational Change in Substance Abuse Agencies” – 59th Annual AAMFT Conference, Nashville, TN
2000 “Treating Substance Abuse in the Family” Issues in Children’s Mental Health Conference Series, The Mental Health Association of Suffolk County, NY