Daniel Huerta is the vice president of the Parenting and Youth department at Focus on the Family. In this role, he oversees Focus’ initiatives that equip parents to disciple and mentor the next generation, so that they can thrive in Christ.
Huerta is a bilingual licensed clinical social worker. For many years, he has provided families with practical parenting advice. He specializes as a counselor and spokesperson in the treatment of disruptive behavior disorders, conflict resolution, self-esteem issues, and anxiety and depression in adolescents, children, and their families. He can also discuss how to talk with kids about trauma and healthy sexuality.
Born in Mexico City, Huerta also understands firsthand how intercultural differences affect relationships and can help families learn how to navigate challenges in this area well.
Huerta’s heart for counseling took root in college when he taught youth sports with a special needs individual at a YMCA. Despite severe disabilities, the young man’s joy and skills inspired Huerta to help people become the best they can be and live the best they can.
After the shooting tragedies in Aurora, CO, and Newtown, CT, Huerta took on dozens of radio and TV interviews, giving advice to parents on how to talk through the tragedies with their kids and teens. He’s also been a guest on the “Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast,” “Focus on the Family Weekend,” and “Focus on the Family Minute” radio features.
Before joining Focus on the Family in 2004, Huerta worked as a social worker for the Harrison School District in Colorado Springs. He also supervised a mentoring program for at-risk youth and served as an adjunct faculty member at Pikes Peak Community College.
Huerta was a contributing author for The First Five Years of Marriage, The Smart Groom’s Answer Guide to the First Year of Marriage, and The Savvy Bride’s Answer Guide to the First Year of Marriage.
Huerta earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. He’s currently working on his doctorate in clinical psychology at California Southern University.
He maintains a private practice in Colorado Springs and served as a board member on the El Paso County Mental Health Association for almost four years. He is also a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.
He and his wife, Heather, have been married since 1998 and have two children, Alex and Lexi.