Josh Watson, LCSW
Director of Admissions / Clinical Supervisor
- Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia
- Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Business Administration from Gardner-Webb University
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Utah
- Trained/experienced in CBT, Family Systems therapy, Adlerian therapy, Strengths-based therapy, Crisis and Risk Assessment
- Also specializes in:crisis de-escalation / anxiety resolution / frustration tolerance / verbal de-escalation / CBT/DBT / interpersonal relationships
Josh has over 12 years of experience working with adolescents, young adults, and their families. As an original member of the Aspiro Leadership Team, Josh has performed many duties including a Clinical Wilderness Therapist, Clinical Supervision, and is currently Aspiro’s Admissions Director.
Josh is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Utah and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. His graduate research focus was in child and family development, psychiatric assessment of children, and the integration of solution-based behavioral approaches into the public school sector.
Josh served for two years as in internal and field research analyst for the Great Schools and Families Research Project funded by the CDC through the University of Georgia. He also has experience working for community service boards, inpatient psychiatric hospitals for adolescents, and private practice. His areas of clinical expertise are in interpersonal relationships, leadership skills, assessment, and resource allocation.
Josh was a collegiate wrestler and scholarship recipient. He has been a wrestling coach and facilitated multiple summer wrestling camps for adolescents. When not working, Josh enjoys the outdoors, sports (especially wrestling, skiing, and golf), traveling, politics, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Sarah Rush Casson
Sarah began her work in the private sector back in 2005. Her background is in customer service and marketing, with extensive experience that includes both residential and outdoor program settings. Sarah’s education is in psychology and her passion is helping families. Through her sincerity, ability to listen, and expert knowledge she is able to support families through challenging circumstances. Over the years Sara has gained leadership and responsibility in her positions as Admissions Director with other wilderness therapy programs. Her enthusiasm is unparalleled.
Sarah has always enjoyed working with families in different settings and has been exposed to many different cultural environments throughout her life From being a Nanny in Akumal, Mexico ensuring that the family enjoyed their vacation to her internship at St Mary’s Boys home in Portland, OR where she found her passion in supporting and working with at risk youth.
“I feel incredibly fortunate to join this amazing team at Aspiro and to continue doing what I love most!”
“When I am not working, I truly enjoying being in the outdoors – camping, hiking, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, or running with my two dogs. I also enjoy spending time with my husband, traveling and white water rafting. The outdoors can be healing for all of us!”
Chelsea has over 6 years of experience working with families in private sector treatment. Her primary focus has been in customer relations, marketing, and financing. “I’ve had the unique opportunity to work with hundreds of schools and programs in the private treatment industry as well as educational consultants and other related professionals. Aspiro is a program I have worked with in the past and I have always admired the passion and reputation of the Aspiro Group. I’m honored to be a part of the team. ” Chelsea is a certified family coach and is passionate about helping individuals reach for their personal goals. With schooling in social work, business communication, marketing and her financing knowledge, Chelsea brings a unique skill set to Aspiro and the families we serve.
Born and raised in beautiful North Idaho, Chelsea is a sixth generation Idaho native. Her close connection with her pioneering ancestry has instilled a deep appreciation for the sustaining and healing powers of nature. Chelsea enjoys spending time hiking and camping with her family in North Idaho. She is the mother of two, a step-mom of one and a foster mom of three. “Being a mom and the journey of parenting is my biggest inspiration and teacher. I also understand the complexity and heartaches of parenting. I’m thrilled to be working with families who are seeking solutions.” Chelsea also enjoys volunteering her time for her local women’s charities. She finds it especially rewarding to work individually with women facing adversity and who are trying to create a better life for themselves.