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September 7th, 2018

Planting the Seeds of Change: How Clinical Therapist Morgan Robak Helps Adolescent Boys Flourish in Wilderness

  Q: What led you to become a wilderness therapist? A: In my senior year of undergrad, I did a NOLS backpacking and pack rafting trip in Alaska for 32 days. I learned an immense amount about myself. I came out of that experience a completely different person with a whole new level of confidence. […]

July 12th, 2018

Self-Harm & Suicidal Ideation in Adolescent Boys

Misconceptions  In our society, boys and men often grow up without being taught the skills necessary to manage emotions. They are sent the message that it’s best they don’t talk about their feelings. Therefore, when a young man is struggling internally and feels he can’t discuss his emotions openly, self-harm can become a means of […]

March 20th, 2018

Mindfulness and the Adolescent Boy: Developing Practices that Benefit for a Lifetime

Research shows that the average person has more than 50,000-70,000 thoughts a day (Davis). That’s about 35-48 thoughts per minute! Imagine if we fixated, focused, or acted on each thought we had, not only would we be overwhelmed, but everyday tasks would become more difficult and almost impossible. Interestingly, “nearly 50% of our awake life […]

November 7th, 2017

Teaching and Modeling Respectful Male-Female Relationships for Adolescent Boys

In wilderness therapy, we often address the topic of how male students view and treat the women in their lives. In the field, we are able to witness students’ attitudes and behaviors toward women through their stories from home, their words, and their daily interactions with female staff. How does Open Sky approach these issues […]