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May 26th, 2020

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May 26th, 2020

Opening Doors and Building Connection: A Conversation with Therapist Nick Lenderking-Brill

Get to know Nick Lenderking-Brill, therapist for adolescent boys! Nick began his time at Open Sky Wilderness Therapy as a Family Services intern while pursuing his Master’s degree at Naropa University. With family services, guiding, transport, operations, and clinical experience, Nick’s depth of knowledge and expertise is a huge asset in his work with students […]

May 14th, 2020

The Power of Curiosity: A Conversation with Dr. Coady Schueler

Clinical therapist Coady Schueler, Psy.D. works with adolescent girls and their families at Open Sky Wilderness Therapy. We sat down with Dr. Coady recently to learn more about her formative childhood and professional experiences, her treatment approach as a clinician, and her passion for wilderness therapy. Get to know Dr. Coady in the Q&A below! […]

May 6th, 2020

“Osprey Stories” Features Open Sky Article on Mental Health

Open Sky is proud to outfit students with the highest quality gear, including Osprey backpacks. The Osprey company was founded more than 25 years ago and is headquartered in Cortez, Colorado—neighbors to Open Sky’s home base in Durango. We are grateful to be featured in the “Osprey Stories” on their website, which shares inspiration, stories, […]

April 16th, 2020

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: A Framework for Field Guiding

If our students acquire the tools necessary to meet their needs for physical safety, emotional safety, love and belonging, and self-esteem, then the realization of their full potential is within reach.

April 2nd, 2020

Parent Support Throughout (and Beyond!) Wilderness Therapy

Now more than ever, we are in need of ways to center ourselves, share with others, and be part of a community. The Monday Night Parent Support Call provides a structured space for parents to attend to these needs and cultivate personal wellness. As the world continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the Open Sky Team […]

March 14th, 2020

Meeting the Needs of Families in Crisis During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As an organization committed to health and healing, Open Sky would like to take a moment to share the heightened preventative measures we have taken to continue serving adolescents, young adults, and families in crisis, while concurrently responding to COVID-19 concerns. We are committed to supporting public health officials in containing this pandemic while continuing […]

January 1st, 2020

10 Tips for Strengthening Family Relationships in the New Year

Are you ready to strengthen family relationships in 2020? At Open Sky, we inspire people to learn and live in a way that honors values and strengthens relationships. This is a key component of our mission. Below, members of our Family Services, Clinical, and Alumni Relations teams share tangible tips to enhance, enrich, and strengthen […]

December 27th, 2019

“Stories From the Field” Podcast Features Norman Elizondo, Open Sky Family Wellness Counselor

Open Sky Family Wellness Counselor Norman Elizondo was recently featured on the podcast, “Stories from the Field: Demystifying Wilderness Therapy”. In this podcast episode, listeners get a glimpse into Norman’s past and how he found his way to a career in wilderness therapy.   Norman immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines when he was six years old. A “city […]

December 17th, 2019

Navigating the Transition Process After Open Sky

  At Open Sky, students are immersed in a new environment and removed from many of the distractions that kept them from thriving at home. This is an essential part of stabilization, assessment, and initiation of real change. When students leave our program to return home or continue treatment at an aftercare program, they find […]

November 1st, 2019

Open Sky Presents at NOLS Wilderness Risk Management Conference

Open Sky Family Wellness Counselor Norman Elizondo, Senior Clinical Therapist Mariah Loftin, MA, LPC and Assistant Health Director Coulter Stone, MAT, W-EMT were honored to present at the recent Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC). The WRMC, presented by NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School), offers education and training in mitigating the risks inherent to exploring, working […]