John F. Steinfirst, LCSW

San Francisco, California

General Specialty

Behavioral Science
Developmental Disabilities
Forensic Psychology
Mental Health

Specialty Focus

Behavioral Science
Child Abuse
Child Custody
Child Custody Evaluations
Child Psychiatry
Child Sexual Abuse
Clinical Records - Progress Notes and Reviews
Community Mental Health
Custody Issues
Developmental Disability
Domestic Violence
Drug Abuse
Emotional Trauma
Group Home
Mental Health
Policies and Procedures
Psychosocial Evaluation
Psychotherapy Training
Social Services
Social Work

Primary Areas of Expertise

Psychiatry & Psychology

The Steinfirst Group
John F. Steinfirst, LCSW
70 Parker Avenue
San Francisco CA 94118

Office: 415-753-9441
Cell: 510-773-9485


John F. Steinfirst, LCSW, has over 40 years of experience in Clinical Social Work, Supervision, Program Development, and Management, and as CEO for 20 years of a $30 million mental health, child welfare, social services agency.

As principal of the well-respected residential and community based Fred Finch Youth Center in Oakland, with programs throughout California, Mr. Steinfirst has experience with an array of services for a variety of institutions, government and private agencies. Clients include but are not limited to abused and neglected children, developmentally disabled and mentally disabled, co-occurring disordered, children, youth, and families, adults, the elderly and those with substance abuse problems.

An innovator in his field, Mr. Steinfirst is responsible for developing and implementing the first residential and day treatment programs in California for developmentally disabled consumers with mental health problems, and one of the most comprehensive affordable housing, mental health, and vocational training programs for Transitional Age Youth, ages 17-28.

Litigation Support – As a licensed and experienced Mental Health Therapist, Mr. Steinfirst also offers expert witness services to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant. His cases involve standards of care, group homes / residential treatment and care, foster family agencies, a wide range of states’ regulations and laws, mental health issues, social services, developmental disabilities, psychiatric institutions, and clinical services, for all ages.

Mr. Steinfirst’s most recent case involved an insurance company that refused to settle for $2 million. The case resulted in a $5.3 million victory after he took the stand for 1 1/2 days.


Areas of Expertise:

  • Behavioral Science
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Custody
  • Child Psychiatry
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Community Mental Health
  • Disability
  • Drug Abuse
  • Therapist Malpractice
  • State Laws and Regulations



• Columbia University, Graduate School of Business, The Institute for Not-for-Profit Management
• M.S.W., New York University, Graduate School of Social Work
• B.A., Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
• High School, George School, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
• LCSW License # 13465, since 1988

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