Jordan Kling, MSW works with Open Sky families as a Family Services Therapist. Jordan has valuable experience as a wilderness therapy field guide, passion for the healing that occurs in the outdoors, and a drive to support families as they reconnect and engage in healthy relationship.
Even before she knew it, Jordan was connecting with family out in the wilderness. From infancy, her parents toted her along in a front pack on journeys throughout the Cascade Mountains, just outside of Ashland, Oregon. Throughout her childhood and adolescence, outdoor adventures of hiking, camping, and backpacking were a family staple. Jordan fully embraced her own zeal for the wilds as a young adult freshly out of college.
Four years at St. Olaf College in flatland Minnesota provided Jordan with bachelor’s degrees in French and English and a craving to return to the mountains. In her first few years after college, she satisfied this craving by working in Glacier National Park, Montana for the summer, followed by a winter on Mt. Hood, Oregon. She also spent a year living in southern France where she split her time between teaching high school English and roaming around Europe on holiday. These jobs fulfilled her desire to travel, live with instant access to nature and also helped Jordan know she needed a vocation focused on connecting with people. This led her to Oakland, California where she spent a year of service with a volunteer corps working in a residential recovery center for teens. The relationships she built with these resilient youths impacted her deeply and she moved forward from this experience knowing she wanted to pursue a career in mental health.
In January of 2016, she combined her love of the outdoors with her passion for mental health as a guide for a wilderness therapy program in central Oregon. Jordan is filled with tenderness and gratitude when reflecting on the two years she spent out in the high desert and forestlands leading trips and connecting with people beyond the distractions and influences of the front country. Throughout her experience in wilderness, she knew she wanted to continue working in this unique and fulfilling setting.
Thus, she launched her academic pursuit to earn her Master’s in Social Work at Portland State University. Throughout grad school, Jordan worked two different jobs with people striving to gain stability in the community: one with formerly homeless youth and the other with previously incarcerated men. She interned with a community-based mental health organization serving people experiencing severe and persistent mental illness and developed her clinical acumen in her second-year internship as a therapist in the counseling center at PSU.
Jordan is drawn to family work because it requires exploration not only into one’s self but also calls on deeper reflection into familial, historical, cultural and social factors that impact and perpetuate how we understand and engage in relationship. As a family therapist at Open Sky, Jordan is humbled by the healing nature of wilderness and thrilled to facilitate connection and understanding alongside families in the beauty of the southwest.
When she’s not at work, Jordan can be found hiking, backpacking, trail running, cross-country skiing, practicing yoga, hammocking, potlucking, reading, or baking sweets.