All Kinds of News for August 08, 2018
Matthew Krugh’s journey at Open Sky Wilderness Therapy began in 2013. He arrived in Durango with a Master of Social Work from Texas State University and varied experience working in residential treatment, volunteering in the Peace Corps, and conducting research on the benefits of wilderness and adventure therapy.
Matthew has long believed in the robust healing potential of humans reconnecting with nature, fostering self-empowerment, and moving through suffering via self-awareness and more mindful living. He finds it consistently humbling and inspiring to coach families in an evidenced and holistic fashion toward transformative experiences. Matthew operates from a belief in the inherent goodness in everyone and values identifying an individual’s intrinsically motivated joy and strengths. He believes mindfulness, healthy self-regulation, and respectful communication are the keys to family healing.
We took a moment to catch up with Matthew to ask him about his new role as Family Services Director.
Q: What do you hope to bring to your new role? What are your goals for the Family Services department?
In my five years at Open Sky, I’ve had the pleasure of serving in a variety of roles within our Family Services (FS) Department: wilderness guide, transition mentor, and therapist. I’ve led graduations, ceremonies, Wellness Weekends, Monday Night Parent Support Calls, and Family Quests™. I know the “ins and outs” of each of these roles and the services we offer at Open Sky. I’ve seen the evolution of our department and I think we’re stronger than ever before.
My first goal is to continue to deliver the highest quality of both our standard services and our Enhanced Family Services.
I also hope to bring my informed experience and perspective to the role. My “on-the-ground” insight about what works is something I really look forward to integrating into my new role. Family Quests™ and many of our other services are not formulaic. Using common foundations like communication, emotional regulation and mindfulness skills, our services are individualized and designed to unfold in ways that reflect the unique values and dynamics of the family. I want each family to be challenged and leave feeling hopeful, empowered, and confident in moving forward.
Another goal is to keep serving and investing in the people that make up our FS team. Our department attracts truly unique, strong and gifted individuals. It’s important to me that we train our team members well, so they can continue to learn and experience for themselves the remarkable benefits that our families do. Building a strong team with room for growth leads to long-term sustainability.
Q: The Family Services Team is made up of therapists... How is it different than the Clinical Team?
One of the things that really sets Open Sky apart is that we have two distinct teams of clinically-trained professionals to support both the individual client, as well as family members.
Our Clinical Team is mainly focused on our students on an individual and group level. The work of the Family Services Team differs in that we do much of the systems work that corresponds to the individual work. Our job is to support families in their parallel experience alongside their child.
Q: What, in your opinion, are the strengths of the FS Department?
We are a small team that works together quite closely and on a regular basis. Through our teamwork and communication, we’ve come to know each other incredibly well, which allows us to serve families in the best possible way.
Another strength I see in our team is that we practice what we’re called to do organizationally, utilizing the same skills and practicing the same communication exchanges that we’re teaching our families.
Finally, one of our greatest strengths is that we all believe in and share the values of family and love. That’s what everyone’s here for – to help clear the way for expressions of those values to flow more freely. I think that this shared goal is why our team shows up every week in the way that they do.
About Open SKy
Open Sky is the premier family-centered wilderness therapy experience. While many of our students and families have struggled to work together to find success, we believe that all have the capacity to thrive, and our mission is to help family members work together to identify and achieve their goals. We provide numerous ways for family members to be involved in the therapeutic process, including weekly phone calls with the treatment team leader, Family Pathway assignments, Wellness Weekends, Family Quests™, weekly family support group teleconferences, parent-child phone calls, family Graduation experiences, and Alumni Reunions throughout the country. To learn more about Open Sky, visit: https://www.openskywilderness.com.