APB is a Global Speaker, Celebrity & Entertainment Agency

Speaking to the World

Boston | Chicago | San Diego | Atlanta

Daniel  Patterson

Daniel Patterson

Author of The Assertive Parent, Support Coach & Mental Health Educator


Daniel Patterson has over twenty years of experience in education, having taught, coached, and served as a high school administrator and director of education. Daniel develops therapeutic schools and programming nationally and in the greater Los Angeles area in the K-12 and post-secondary sectors via his consulting firm, Patterson Perspective Inc. He regularly speaks and consults nationally regarding student and educator wellness. Currently, he is the director of education for two college recovery programs, owner of two companies, and co-host of the wildly successful podcast Sobriety Uncensored. Read More >

Patterson launched his full-time consulting firm, Patterson Perspective Inc., in 2017 to deliver innovative support for students, educators, young adults, private corporations, municipalities, school districts, and states within the academic and mental wellness realms. Patterson fortifies his clients with the necessary tools, resources, and strategies to achieve their objectives. In 2022, Patterson launched his second company SOBERTUNITY -- which operates an international online support community for the sober and sober curious.

Daniel is the author of The Assertive Parent (2018) and RECOVER[edu] (2020) and is currently completing his third book, Sobertunity, which addresses addiction, mental health, and his compelling recovery journey.

Daniel has contributed to The HuffPost, Thrive Global, MSNBC, NBC News, ABC News, Fox News, Yahoo News, Insider, Bustle, YourTango and The LA Times, among others. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Your Take

Speech Topics

Hidden in Plain Sight

● Identifying student wellness needs
● Creating an environment of grace and trust
● Understanding current mental health stressors and conditions in students
● Understanding appropriate and mandated action steps
● Understanding the 4.0 Mask and other optical illusions employed by students to evade care

No Lifeguard on Duty

● Educator self-care
● Intentional steps to prevent burnout
● Creating emotional balance as a whole person
● When, how, and why to seek mental health care
● Understanding shame and its impact on addiction
● Managing direct and secondary trauma as an educator

Connect to Catch: The Art of Parent Collaboration

● How to appropriately communicate concerns
● How to collaborate with outside mental health professionals
● Understanding levels of care within mental health treatment
● Implementation of school-wide protocols to cross-check student wellness
● Integration of mental health screenings into school culture
● Supporting students without means to afford care

Parent Workshops

● Warning signs of mental health conditions and addiction
● Understanding the impact of technology on mental health
● Understanding current trends as it relates to social media, drugs, alcohol, and nicotine

Growth Beyond Personal Adversity

In this keynote, Daniel hones in on personal growth through failure and hardships through a deeply raw and comedic dive into his struggles with addiction and depression, revealing his lows and the tools he used to climb out.

Mental Health is Not a Hashtag

In this keynote, Daniel unpacks the unparalleled importance of employee personal wellness and self-efficacy in today's workforce while educating participants on the warning signs and actionable steps to address their wellness.