Who We Are
JOSHA GARCIA, MSW, LCSW
As a former Psychiatric Emergency Response Team Clinician (PERT) with the Carlsbad Police Department and San Marcos Sheriff’s Department (2010-2014), he has experience working alongside Law Enforcement and other First Responders in providing critical clinical interventions and support.
Experiences with the PERT Team have instilled the importance in recognizing and treating trauma in the community, in order to help those most in need, and to preserve public safety.
Josh concurrently works with Kaiser Permanente in providing therapy, psychosocial assessments, and group facilitation. He is also working toward completion of training as a Certified Disaster Mental Health Response Specialist (CDMHRS). Additional clinical experience includes serving as a PsyCare Therapist (2009-2017), and as a former County of San Diego Qualified Mental Health Professional at the Polinsky Children’s Center Day Rehab Program (2005-2010).
Prior to this assignment, Josh worked with the County of San Diego as a Protective Services Worker in the American Indian Specialty Unit (2000-2005). During his Master’s Degree training, Josh interned with the Escondido Youth Encounter STEPS Program for trauma-reactive youth, and the Oceanside Family to Family Unit. These experiences have lead to cultural competence, respect, open-mindedness, compassion and the appropriate use of humor as cornerstones to Josh’s work.
Josh brings a wealth of experience to the CAI team.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
First Responders & Military
Master of Science, Clinical Social Work
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology