All Kinds of News for May 09, 2018
SUWS of the Carolinas welcomes back Daniel Fishburn, LCSW, LCAS, MAC, CCS-I as the new Executive Director. Daniel will begin his new post with SUWS officially on May 29, 2018. From 2014 - 2016, Daniel was the clinical director at SUWS of the Carolinas. He has been helping people find their way in a variety of settings for 30 years, including almost 20 years as a licensed clinician. Daniel received his BA in psychology at the Catholic University of American in Washington, DC, and his MSW from the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work. His extensive work and life experiences (like the war zones of El Salvador to the streets of Dallas and Houston) has been serving families and clients at a variety of different organizations including Child Protective Services, public health agencies, community mental health, adolescent and adult substance abuse treatment, young adult transitional living programs, and a therapeutic boarding school.
In Daniel’s personal life, he is committed to mindfulness practices, nature adventure and volunteer service in the Asheville community. Daniel serves on the Board of Directors of Refuge Recovery International, and turns to his personal experience of recovery to inspire others in their own. Daniel stated, “I look forward to returning to SUWS in my new role as it was home to me a few years ago. I spent a fulfilling 18 months at Montford Hall, a program that is a next step to students who sometimes began their journey in wilderness. I am as amazed as ever by the nearly mystical therapeutic power of what happens in the woods, having witnessed the before and after. I am passionately devoted to helping families break the suffering they have experienced as a result of the many struggles the team at SUWS addresses. I believe this aspect of wilderness is a setting that unlocks these students’ potential to realize a life worth living. Therapists and field guides are stewards of the space and pace that makes radical change possible, moving families forward from crisis to brave and engaged living. This is an opportunity to support all involved, from staff to students, to families, in the healing force that is SUWS of the Carolinas, and I welcome the challenge and opportunity.”
The change was brought on by Shawn Farrell’s departure after 10 years as the Executive Director of SUWS of the Carolinas. He has joined Martha Moses, Education Consultant in Miami and will continue to serve families in the capacity as an Educational and Therapeutic Placement Consultant. Shawn described SUWS as a magical place and stated, “I will miss SUWS tremendously. I wandered through the buildings and saw the pictures and names of staff and students who have been a part of this place and want to thank everyone for the many life lessons, and laughter. This really is a place where the magic of wilderness happens.”
About SUWS of the Carolinas
SUWS of the Carolinas is a licensed, CARF International-accredited mental health facility, committed to helping families rediscover their strengths and fostering growth for young people. Operating in the Pisgah National Forest under permit from the National Forest Service, SUWS delivers wilderness based therapeutic interventions for 10-17 year old boys and girls with compassion and excellence.