Join us for the WVOP Networking Hour, where we invite strong members of the veteran community to come and speak about services available to all our veterans. This week we are welcoming Adam Castillo, a social worker at the LA County Department of Mental Health.
Topic: Navigating the red tape with peer support to get the services that you earned.
About Adam Castillo, LCSW
Although my start in higher education was a little later in life, it has been overwhelmingly rewarding. My first experience was in 2014 at California State Dominguez Hills, where I earned a bachelor’s in Sociology. Immediately following, I successfully graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California.
On February 23, 2014, I retired from the Marine Corps, and for three years, I solely concentrated on my education because I was underqualified for meaningful employment because I lacked higher education. Since working in 2017, I have worked primarily in veteran services, ranging from homelessness to clinical services. What I have loved about my positions since retiring is the feeling of it not being work. I love assisting our underserved population because it gives me a sense of purpose and balance.
My twenty-year career in the Marines enabled me to experience and travel to many different countries such as Japan, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and many more. In addition to three combat tours to Operations Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, I have been working as a military social worker and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching sports, and riding my Harley Davidson motorcycle; wind therapy is the most effective self-care for me.