Open Sky Wilderness Therapy

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Current status Open
Checked January 24, 2016
Open.gif Opened 2005

Open Sky Wilderness Therapy is a behavior modification program using wilderness therapy as programming method.

It is employee-owned by Fernandes and partners, including clinical director Joanna Bettman, a University of Utah professor of social work.

It was founded in 2005 [1].

The admission office is located in Durango, Colorado, but they transport the detainees into an area in Utah for the program.

They can detain 24 teenagers and the program last between 5 and 12 weeks with an average stay of 9 weeks.

Program structure

They use a level system with 5 levels called Gateway, South, West, North and East.

Each level have different goals.

Typical days

According to the homepage of the program a typical day looks like this

7:30
7:45-8:15
8:15-9:00
9:00-9:15
9:15-10:45
10:45-1:15
1:15-2:00
2:00-3:00

Wake up
Morning yoga/meditation activity
Breakfast
Hygiene
Pack/Morning Chores
Hike
Lunch
Curriculum

3:00-4:30
4:30-5:00
5:00-6:30
6:30-7:30
7:30-9:30
9:30-10:00
10:00

Hike
Journaling
Camp Set-up/Evening Chores
Process Group
Dinner/Community Time
Clean-up/Evening Hygiene
Bedtime

Misc.

They also run a program for young adult between 18 and 30. Unlike the teenagers these are voluntary participants [2].

News

  • In 2008 newspapers in Salt Lake Tribune published news including a runaway case and a girl who got injured due to a fall [3].

Recent sheriff's records: In October 2007, a girl ran away from Open Sky and ended up on a woman's porch with no shoes, saying she had been kidnapped and her wrist was hurt when she refused to submit to a strip search, according to a report from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office. Her father, who lives in San Francisco, retrieved her and said it was the fourth such camp she had run away from. The same month, another girl fell about 20 feet and was taken to a hospital with neck and back pain.

  • In 2016 media wrote about frost bites cases in the program [4]

External Links

Info pages

Survivor Groups

Message boards

References

  1. About the program, NATSAP
  2. Open sky at a glance..., program homepage
  3. Wilderness Therapy Camps, Salt Lake Tribune, August 2008
  4. Open Sky chief says agency ‘deeply concerned’ about frostbite cases, By Jonathan Romeo Herald staff writer, The Durango Herald, January 16 2016