Joanna Bettmann Schaefer, PhD, LCSW
PhD, Smith College for Social Work, Clinical Social Work, 2005
MSW, University of Utah, 1999
BA, Dartmouth College, English and Environmental Studies, 1993
Grew Up In:
In Wilderness Therapy Since:
Areas of Expertise:
Research, Wilderness Therapy Outcomes, Attachment Theory
Dr. Joanna has worked in the wilderness therapy field since 1994 as a field guide, therapist, researcher and director. Dr. Joanna received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Utah Graduate School of Social Work in 1999. She subsequently worked full time as a field therapist and assistant clinical director at Aspen Achievement Academy in Loa, Utah. Dr. Joanna earned her PhD from Smith College School for Social Work, graduating in 2005. Her dissertation research explored shifts in the attachment relationships of adolescents in a leading wilderness therapy program.
During her doctoral study, Dr. Joanna worked as a senior social worker and received advanced clinical training at the University of Utah’s Counseling Center. Along with her work at Open Sky, Dr. Joanna currently holds a position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah College of Social Work where she teaches clinical practice and psychological theory courses to graduate students. She a founder and part owner of Open Sky and Dr. Joanna also maintains a private practice in Salt Lake City.
Working with both Open Sky and the University of Utah, Dr. Joanna continues to research wilderness therapy outcomes as well as attachment issues in a variety of populations. Recent publications include articles in peer-reviewed journals including Clinical Social Work Journal and Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs. She has presented her research at numerous national and state conferences.
A licensed clinical social worker since 2001, Dr. Bettmann Schaefer loves working with adolescents and families in wilderness settings. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, photography and spending time with family and friends in the outdoors.
-Bettmann, J., Russell, K., Parry, J., (2012) How Substance Abuse Recovery Skills, Readiness to Change, and Symptom Reduction Impact Change Processes in Wilderness Therapy Participants Journal of Child and Family Studies
-Bettmann, J., Olson-Morrison, D., & Jasperson, R., (2011) Adolescents in Wilderness Therapy: A Qualitative Study of Attachment Relationships.Journal of Experiential Education 176-194
-Bettmann, J., Lundahl, B., Wright, R., Jasperson, R., & McRoberts, C. (2011) Who Are They? A Descriptive Study of Adolescents in Wilderness and Residential Programs.Residential Treatment for Children and Youth 192-210
-Bettmann, J. & Jasperson, R., (2009) Anxiety in Adolescence: The Integration of Attachment and Neurobiological Research into Clinical Practice. Clinical Social Work Journal
- Takuya Minami, T., Tierney, S., Benbrook, A., Davies, D., Bettmann, J., McAward, S., Averill, L., Huebner, L., Weitzam, L., Serlin, R., & Wampold, B., (2009)Preliminary Evidence on the Effectiveness of Psychological Treatments Delivered at a University Counseling Center. American Psychological Association 309-320.
-Bettmann, J. & Jasperson, R., (2009) Adolescents in Residential and Inpatient Treatment, A Review of the Outcome Literature.Child Youth Care Forum 161-183
-Bettmann, J., Demong, E., & Jasperson, R., (2009) Treating Adolescents with Adoption and Attachment Issues in Wilderness Therapy Settings Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs 117-138
-Bettmann, J. & Jasperson, R., (2007) Adults in Wilderness Treatment: A Unique Application of Attachment Theory and Research.Clinical Social Work Journal
-Bettmann, J. (2007) Changes in Adolescent Attachment Relationships as a Result of Wilderness Treatment. American Psychoanalytic Assocation 259-265
-Bettmann, J. (2006) Using Attachment Theory to Understand the Treatment of Adult Depression. Clinical Social Work Journal
-Bettmann, J., Faddis, T. (2005)Reflecting Teams and Other Innovative Family Therapy Techniques Adapted for Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare. Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs 57-69