All Kinds of News for October 04, 2017
Mid-August of 2017 marked the addition of another member to the Outback Admissions Team. Dan Phillips, LCMHC, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the program and the team is thrilled to welcome him to Outback.
Dan started working with adolescents in 1998. Over the past 19 years, he has held a multitude of positions in the adolescent therapeutic community including wilderness field staff, recreation counselor, outpatient clinician, and ultimately wilderness therapist. He earned his masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2007 and proceeded to work as a primary therapist in both the private and public sector. Dan was drawn to wilderness therapy by the desire to reach out to adolescents in a manner that would allow a deeper connection than traditional therapeutic interventions. He is a believer in the power of growth through struggle, as this allows individuals to gain a belief in their own abilities by conquering obstacles never thought possible.
When asked about the draw to wilderness as a setting for growth, treatment and healing, Dan explains, “In this, a label-less environment, we are judged by the manner in which we care for the needs of self and those who surround us rather than a recognized symbol indicating we are ok. Wilderness therapy helps dispel myths perpetuated by a system that measures growth by standardized tests and brands.”
Dan has been married for over 14 years and is the father of three children who are his primary focus when not attending the needs of his clients/families at Outback. His natural propensity to serve families in need through authentic connection seamlessly integrates with the values held within the organizational culture of Outback Therapeutic Expeditions.
About Outback Therapeutic Expediations
Outback Therapeutic Expeditions is a licensed wilderness therapy program located in Utah that offers a highly integrated, comprehensive assessment and treatment for teens. Outback provides help for troubled teens ages 13-17 and delivers clinical oversight by a Masters Level therapist every day of the week. Outback helps teens with various areas of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, family conflict, engaging in dangerous behaviors, mild ASD, electronic and gaming addiction and more. Outback’s treatment options place strong emphasis on healthy relationships, increased self-efficacy, and a healthy amount of autonomy through skill building.