WSMR Army Community Services’ new Family Advocacy Program Manager Espy Garcia hopes to reduce the number of abuse cases at WSMR through a series of preventive courses she will offer.
Garcia, a New Mexico native, arrived from Washington D.C., where she worked in the Department of Veteran Affairs. Garcia has nine years of experience in the social work field.
“I’m so glad that I’m here. I’m back home. This is my community. I’m just really excited to work here and to contribute,” Garcia said.
Garcia graduated in 2006 from New Mexico State University with a Master’s degree in Social Work. After graduating Garcia went back to her hometown of Clovis, New Mexico, where she worked for an outpatient mental health facility. At the facility Garcia treated patients with neurological and biological disorders. From there she moved to the Amarillo Veteran Affairs Medical Center where she treated Soldiers from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Garcia then moved to Alexandria, Virginia where she worked for the Alexandria Vet Center.
Garcia said she developed a passion for her field of study very early in her college career.
“It actually started when I took my first social work class and they started talking about policies. From then on I knew this was the field,” Garcia said.
Garcia said she is motivated to serve the Department of Defense with utmost professionalism and expertise. She said her goal is to revamp the Family Advocacy Program into a program that trains the community and command on stress management, anger management, effective communication and much more. She said she is committed to helping individuals and families within the community through prevention, education, and intervention.
Early in her career Garcia said she realized that most cases could have been prevented with the proper intervention. Because of that, Garcia’s focus is on preventative and educational training.
“I address more preventions and education to try to deter some of these issues,” Garcia said.
Garcia will be teaching several new courses in the month of April to include 5 Love Languages of Children; a way to help you understand and communicate with your child. The same course will also be offered for couples.