Joseph Latterner has worked in the North Carolina mental health field, specifically in the Wilmington area, since 2004 where he supported adolescents in group home settings and facilitated community based treatment. Since that time he has worked in various outpatient and community based clinical settings with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples with a wide range mental health diagnoses and systems based challenges. Joseph is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is originally from Washington DC. He received his undergraduate degree in Sociology in 2005 and his Master of Social Work degree in 2013 from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Joseph views therapy as a collaborative journey and acknowledges and honors the strengths, skills and talents embedded in each individual and family. He is a strength based clinician who uses Solution Focused/Oriented Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy and Eco-Systemic Structural Family Therapy. Joseph is also certified and rostered through the North Carolina Child Treatment Program (NC CTP) in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist children, adolescents and families who have witnessed traumatic events and/or been victims of abuse, neglect and sexualized trauma in alleviating the symptoms associated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other trauma related disorders.
Joseph is a part of a national cohort of clinicians and educators who embrace Hip-Hop music and culture in their practices. Hip-Hop Therapy is an emerging client centered clinical modality that embraces traditional Music Therapy elements while introducing Narrative Therapy components to develop rapport and facilitate change. Joseph also lectures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Music Department leading both the Rap and Beat Making Labs. He has a long history in the audio and visual arts along with the creation, production, recording/engineering, performance and distribution of music.