STEVEN BUSH, who joined the faculty in 2005 as a part-time lecturer, teaches foundation year practice. He brings a passion for teaching and mentoring, along with a strengths-based approach to helping his students develop both their professional skills and identity as future social workers. In 2011, Bush received the Jane Addams Faculty Award, an honor graduating students bestow on a faculty member for superior academic, administrative and moral support.
Bush began his social work career in 1985 at Parker's Residential Care, a facility for mentally handicapped adults, but attributes his professional growth to the eight years he spent at Boy's Republic. Working with youth on probation, he developed expertise in facilitating both psychoeducational and therapeutic groups, and training for his future work with adolescents and families.
In 1995, Bush joined Family Solutions, Inc., the second largest group home provider for abused and neglected children in Orange County. As director of residential services, he oversaw the programmatic operations of 13 six-bed group homes throughout Orange, Riverside and Los Angeles Counties, and was instrumental in the organization's rise to a leading provider of group home services in Southern California. During this time, Bush also became the first non-county employee to serve as co-chair of the team decision-making subcommittee, a part of Orange County Social Services Family-to-Family Initiative.
He then founded Family Compass, Inc., which provided relationship-building and life-coaching services to adolescent children and their families, in 2005. As a life coach, Bush assisted families and individuals in setting and achieving personal and family goals while resolving interpersonal conflicts.
He began his current position as program director for Pacific Clinics Consumer Training Program in 2007, gaining expertise in training and mentoring individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Funded by the Mental Health Services Act, the consumer training program, in partnership with Santa Ana College, provides a comprehensive 160-hour certificate course that prepares participants to become certified paraprofessional mental health workers and offers students critical employability services.