|Josh Garcia attended San Diego State University, completing undergraduate studies in 2000 with a BA in Psychology, and completing graduate work in 2003 as a Master of Social Work (MSW). Josh has over 14 years of experience working with abused, neglected, homeless/runaway, and sexually-reactive youth at the San Diego Youth and Community Services Bridge group- home, Storefront Night Shelter, the Escondido Youth Encounter STEPS Program, and Polinsky Children’s Center. He has worked for the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Children’s Services agency as a Residential Care Worker, and Protective Services Worker in the Indian Specialty Unit, providing case management and reunification services for American Indian youth in San Diego County.
Josh is currently employed with the County of San Diego as a Qualified Mental Health Practitioner for the Polinsky Children’s Center Day Rehab Program, facilitating psycho educational groups for youth in foster care in order to optimize mental health and functioning. In this capacity Josh specializes in teaching anger management/coping skills, social skills, and life skills toward independent living, as well as facilitating process activities for youth.
Josh’s clinical interests include working with families involved in the foster care/juvenile dependency system, parenting issues, divorce, dual-diagnosis, marital counseling, personality disorders, and working with adults in inpatient psychiatric settings. Josh is passionate about improving the care of children through treating familial mental health, family structure, emotional boundaries, and substance abuse issues.