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Dan Hancock, MSW

Clinical Therapist

Dan earned his BA in Business Management from Fort Lewis College and his Wilderness EMT certification from Southwest Colorado Community College.

Before Open Sky, he was a commercial fisherman in Southeast Alaska. It was a grueling job with long hours, unforgiving weather, and a captain who was rugged and mean. After every season, Dan thought he would never go back; but then, every spring, he would be back up on the docks in the rain. He loved the challenge, the adventure, and the wild scenery. He learned how to manage tough emotions and the meaning of grit, teamwork, and brotherhood.

After five seasons, Dan returned to the Southwest on a mission to find work where he could meet his needs for connection and adventure while having a positive influence on others. Open Sky was the obvious choice. After one shift, he knew this was a place where true healing takes place, where people learn to love themselves and connections flourish.

Dan enjoys the wilderness therapy lifestyle and the ability to deepen his connection to nature: the plants, the animals, and the stars. He values how present he feels when he’s in the field, with beautiful views and realness we experience every day. He finds strength in having and confronting with compassion, always making time for fun. “Life is too serious to take too seriously” is a favorite quote.

Dan has worked as Open Sky as both a Field Guide and Field Medic. He loves ensuring the health and safety of the students while building connections and helping them to live the life they want to live. He considers himself a role model for grit, has a strong work ethic, and believes in holding both guides and students to a high standard.

On his days off, Dan seeks adventure. He enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, climbing mountains, and exploring canyons. Yoga, meditation, and time alone keep him grounded and recharged.

About Open Sky

Since 2006, Open Sky Wilderness Therapy has been providing the premier family-centered wilderness therapy experience. The Open Sky approach transcends traditional wilderness therapy by emphasizing treatment for the whole family not just the adolescent or young adult, and the application of evidence-based clinical modalities with innovative, well-researched holistic healing practices such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness.