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October 24th, 2018

Experience Matters: Leadership Spotlight on Program Director, Danny Frazer

  Danny Frazer always dreamed of a career path that would allow him to help young people become the best version of themselves. Early on, he envisioned being a leader and role model for young people as a college basketball coach. However, after a summer internship with a Montana-based, family-run wilderness therapy program in 1996, […]

August 31st, 2018

Dr. Aaron Wallis Featured in Woodbury Reports Podcast Series

Dr. Aaron Wallis, a Clinical Therapist at Open Sky serving the Young Adult population, was recently featured in Woodbury Reports. In an installment of Lon Woodbury’s podcast series “In Their Own Voice”, Dr. Wallis and Woodbury discuss the topic of motivation in young adults. Parents often question how to motivate their young adult who struggles […]

August 28th, 2018

Alex Molo’s Open Sky Journey: from Student to Field Guide to Jumping Mouse Award Recipient!

Every year at the OBH Wilderness Therapy Symposium, a Jumping Mouse Ceremony is held to recognize an exceptional Field Guide from each participating program. Award recipients demonstrate outstanding commitment to the work of field guiding and represent the qualities and characteristics most valued by the programs for which they work. This year, Open Sky selected […]

August 17th, 2018

Open Sky Co-Sponsors Diversity Education Series at Upcoming Wilderness Therapy Symposium

Open Sky Wilderness Therapy is proud to be a Diversity Education Series sponsor at the upcoming Wilderness Therapy Symposium. The Symposium will take place August 23-25 in Park City, Utah. The Symposium brings together a cross-section of clinicians, field instructors, educators, educational consultants, professors, research specialists, students, and programs to share theories, insights and best […]

August 7th, 2018

Riding to Pay-It-Forward: Greg Arpante’s Bicycle Tour to Support Sky’s the Limit Fund

On May 27, 2018, Greg Arpante dipped his bicycle into Washington state’s Pacific coast and started pedaling east. So began his dual trans-US bicycle tour, a ride from Seattle to Bar Harbor and from Canada to Mexico. What was born as simply a personal summer challenge evolved to be a ride for a cause: a […]

July 31st, 2018

Classic Courage: Pedaling Through the Mountains to Support Courageous Kids

Last week, Open Sky Finance Director, Erin Pinkham pedaled more than 100 miles up and down mountain passes (roughly 7,500 feet of elevation gain) in the Courage Classic bicycle tour to raise money for local families in need. Open Sky was proud to sponsor her team and the Courage Classic event. Learn more about the […]

April 17th, 2018

Open Sky Seeking All-Star Human Resources Director

Open Sky is seeking a Human Resources Director to help shape our future. The Human Resources Department serves as a strategic and solutions-oriented partner across our organization. Having grown in size, complexity, and sophistication, Open Sky is dedicated to providing leadership through Human Resources to make our organization stronger and more effective and to reflect […]

February 28th, 2018

Open Sky Alumni Reunions: Coming to a City Near YOU!

We are pleased to announce Open Sky will soon begin hosting Alumni Reunions across the United States! Open Sky Alumni Reunions will provide unique and meaningful opportunities to reconnect with Open Sky staff, alumni students, and alumni parents. “I am struck by the strong bonds we share through our individual, yet connected Open Sky experience,” […]

December 12th, 2017

Renewal of OBH Accreditation Symbolizes our Commitment to Quality

We are proud to announce that the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) has renewed Open Sky’s Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Accreditation. This accreditation is a symbol of our unending commitment to providing our students, families, and team members with the highest quality practices in the industry. AEE has a long-standing reputation for accreditation of experiential and […]

November 27th, 2017

A Day of Gratitude: Reflections from Thanksgiving in the Field

“I’m grateful that we share our ‘gratitudes’ not just on Thanksgiving, but on every day at Open Sky,” shared one student, referencing our daily practice of sharing “gratefuls” before evening meals. On this Thanksgiving, the gratitudes shared were even more potent than usual, for staff and students alike: family, friendship, fresh starts, the desert, food, […]

November 9th, 2017

Together, We Can Make a Difference!

Have you witnessed the healing power of wilderness therapy in your own life or in the life of a family member, friend, colleague or client? We are reaching out to you for help! Open Sky is a proud partner and enthusiastic supporter of Sky’s the Limit Fund (STLF), a non-profit organization dedicated to making wilderness […]

August 30th, 2017

Open Sky Attends Wilderness Therapy Symposium to Learn, Grow, and Honor Excellence

Last week, Open Sky staff members had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Wilderness Therapy Symposium (WTS) in Park City, Utah. The WTS provides opportunities to explore topics related to wilderness therapy, advance knowledge, build community, and recognize excellence. The event is held bi-annually by the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council (OBH). Open Sky’s Program Director, […]

August 15th, 2017

Aaron Fernandes and Danny Frazer featured in Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council’s new video

Open Sky Founder & CEO, Aaron Fernandes, and Open Sky Program Director, Danny Frazer, were honored to participate in the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council’s new video, which highlights the council’s flagship event, the Wilderness Therapy Symposium! The Wilderness Therapy Symposium is an annual gathering of wilderness and adventure therapy programs and practitioners. Danny Frazer also […]

July 10th, 2017

Open Sky announces dates and locations for Alumni Parent Wellness Retreats

Connect, Recharge, and Thrive with Open Sky!   Open Sky is pleased to announce dates and locations for our Alumni Parent Wellness Retreats! These inspiring two-day wellness retreats will be facilitated by Family Therapist, Kendall Smith, MA, LPC, NCC and Wellness Counselor, Norman Elizondo. Open Sky Alumni Parent Wellness Retreats are designed to further personal […]

June 26th, 2017

Open Sky Welcomes Kim Kelley, M.Ed., LPC, to its Clinical Team

Open Sky Wilderness Therapy is pleased to announce the addition of Licensed Professional Counselor, Kim Kelley to its clinical team. “Kim is an excellent addition to the Open Sky clinical team,” said Clinical and Family Services Director, Tony Issenmann. “She is a confident, talented, and humble clinician who brings tremendous knowledge and experience to Open […]

June 5th, 2017

Open Sky Therapists Author Chapters In New Book

Dr. Tony Issenmann, Kirsten Bolt and Kendall Smith, author chapters in the recently published book: Family Therapy with Adolescents in Residential Treatment Open Sky Clinical Team and Family Services Team members Tony Issenmann, Ph.D., LMFT; Kirsten Bolt, MEd, LMFT; and Kendall R.E. Smith, MA, LPC, NCC were honored to contribute chapters to Family Therapy with Adolescents in Residential […]

April 4th, 2017

Open Sky Welcomes Therapist, Morgan Robak to its Clinical Team

Please join us in welcoming Morgan Robak, LCSW, to Open Sky’s clinical team. Morgan is incredibly passionate about her work and brings significant depth and experience as both a wilderness guide and wilderness therapist. Like Open Sky, Morgan emphasizes a values-driven and family-centered approach to her work. Morgan will be working with adolescent boys at Open […]

February 15th, 2017

Culture and Community at Open Sky

In 2015, Open Sky’s leadership team unveiled a document which outlines the values of our program. We call this document Open Sky’s “Culture Pathway” in a nod to the Student Pathway and Family Pathway, which are instruments designed to guide students and their families through the program. The Culture Pathway encompasses Open Sky’s mission, our […]

January 24th, 2017

Shahara Davis Joins the Open Sky Admissions Team

Please join us in welcoming Shahara Davis to the Open Sky Admissions Team! During her fifteen-year career in admissions, Shahara has earned the respect of parents, professionals, and colleagues for her compassionate and supportive approach and her unique ability to partner with parents as they navigate the various layers involved in short term placement. Shahara […]

January 13th, 2017

Danny Frazer Named Open Sky Program Director

I am pleased to announce Danny Frazer has been named Open Sky’s new Program Director. As Program Director, Danny is responsible for the overall quality, safety, and delivery of services to our students and families. As one of the organization’s founders, Danny has been with Open Sky since the beginning; helping to craft and foster […]

November 18th, 2016

Winter Meditation Intensive

Friends of Open Sky: As we have had the great pleasure of working together in the past, through Open Sky’s Wellness Weekends, graduations and/or the Family Quest experience, I wanted to reach out and invite you to a special meditation winter retreat experience in Crestone, Colorado. As many of you know, the practice of meditation […]

November 2nd, 2016

Help Us Help Sky’s the Limit Fund

As someone that understands firsthand the healing power of Wilderness Therapy, we are reaching out for your help. We are partnered with Sky’s the Limit Fund, a non-profit dedicated to providing grants to families of youth in crisis with financial need, so that Wilderness Therapy can be an option for them. To date, Sky’s the […]

September 9th, 2016

A Fond Farewell to Our Seasonal Therapists

With the nights growing longer and the leaves commencing their annual descent to the grassy ground below; summer is officially coming to an end. As we say goodbye to the luscious alpine Colorado course area, we also say goodbye to two unforgettable members of the Open Sky clinical team: Dr. Sarah Issenmann and Erin Crowley. […]

September 7th, 2016

Tere Snodgrass Joins Open Sky as Director of Admissions & Professional Relations 

Tere’s career in Admissions and Consultant Relations began in 1991. Having held leadership positions in therapeutic wilderness programs, boarding schools, and residential facilities throughout the past twenty-five years, Tere has developed a deep understanding of the practical and emotional challenges parents face as they navigate the admissions process for a struggling child. Highly regarded by […]

September 2nd, 2016

OBH Chair, Danny Frazer, Reflects on Successful Wilderness Therapy Symposium

“The Wilderness Therapy Symposium is a big metaphorical campfire that people love to gather around” – Rob Meltzer, Founder, WTS Under the leadership of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council, The WTS brings a diverse cross-section of clinicians, field guides, rites of passage guides, professors, educational consultants, research specialists, college students and residential program staff under […]

August 27th, 2016

The 2016 Wilderness Therapy Symposium: Presentations, Representation and Awards

The Wilderness Therapy Symposium (WTS), held annually by the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council (OBH), is the premier conference within the wilderness therapy community.  Open Sky has a close and active relationship with the OBH, with one of our company’s founders, Danny Frazer, serving as the Chair Officer of the OBH and our CEO, Aaron Fernandes, […]

August 1st, 2016

Introducing Open Sky Wellness Retreats; Learn More and Register

Background and Overview For more than a year, we have contacted alumni parents at the six-month anniversary of their child’s graduation. The purpose of this being twofold: to find out how parents and their child are doing, and to understand how Open Sky might better serve graduate families moving forward. From these calls, one thing is […]

July 14th, 2016

Presentations, Papers and Publications; Open Sky Advances Wilderness Therapy

Committed to advancing the wilderness therapy industry and leading integration of the entire family system into our therapeutic process, Open Sky Wilderness Therapy has been busy this year presenting our expertise and enriching our knowledge at international and national conferences and publishing our work in peer-reviewed journals. Below is a snapshot of what we have […]

June 16th, 2016

Open Sky Wilderness Therapy Celebrates 10 Years of Helping People Thrive

This year Open Sky Wilderness Therapy celebrates its tenth anniversary. The Durango, CO based organization assists teens and young adults struggling with difficult challenges and unmanageable dynamics by providing life-changing experiences and long-term skills enabling them to thrive. Through its success, Open Sky has grown to employ over 150 staff, making it one of the […]