Clinical Social Worker
Gus Gonzales has worked in social services since 1992, gaining extensive experience in individual and family psychotherapy, specifically in treating the severely emotionally disturbed children and their families.
In the ’90s, he was the therapist of the Children’s Residential Treatment Center’s therapist at Tri-County Community Services and director of outpatient services at Casa de Corazon. He spent 11 years as a clinical behavioral health clinician for the Children Youth and Families Department with the Taos Juvenile Probation and Parole.
In 2011 he joined Men Engaged in Nonviolence, the predecessor of Taos Behavioral Health, where he was a volunteer mentor, a board member, and a clinical director.
Gus graduated from the University of New Mexico in January, 1970. In 1993, he obtained a master’s degree in social work from New Mexico Highlands University with a 4.0 GPA. Gus was a board member of Child-Rite Special Needs Adoption agency for 15 years, and he and his wife were state and treatment foster parents from 1984 through 2011. They are also adoptive parents of two, who are now adults: Jeremy and Amanda.
Gus has been a parciante, commissioner and mayor domo for the Acequia de los Sanchez since 1977. He is also an organic gardener in the summers.