All Kinds of News for February 06, 2019
Open Sky is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Melia Snyder to our Clinical and Leadership Team. Dr. Melia is a Clinical Therapist working primarily with young adults and as Education Director overseeing Open Sky’s student and family programming.
Dr. Melia is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Expressive Arts Therapist. She is trained in Family Centered Treatment and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. She then went on to work as an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and Director of the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at Appalachian State University.
In addition to her extensive research and education in mental health, Dr. Melia has more than 15 years of experience working in wilderness, community mental health, integrated care and private practice.
Dr. Melia’s doctoral research at UNC focused on salutogenesis — the promotion of health — for young adults recovering from substance use disorders. Dr. Melia looks forward to incorporating her passion and expertise in promoting health and artistic expression in her work at Open Sky. Explore Dr. Melia’s studies on the health-promoting capacities of wilderness, nature, and the arts in her 2017 book Nature-Based Expressive Arts Therapy.
“The values found in Dr. Melia’s professional body of work and in who she is as a person resonate profoundly with Open Sky’s humanistic, wilderness-based approach to health and healing,” says Emily Fernandes, Executive Director. “A gifted clinician and educator, Melia is already enriching Open Sky programming. We look forward to sharing exciting developments in our student and family curriculum in the year to come.”
About Open Sky Wilderness
Nestled in the mountains of southwest Colorado and the Canyonlands of southeast Utah, Open Sky transcends traditional wilderness therapy with an approach that emphasizes treatment for the whole family. When a family partners with Open Sky, they embark on a rewarding adventure of self-discovery and learn a range of strategies that promote lasting success. The Open Sky clinical approach utilizes the latest in evidence-based clinical modalities integrated with innovative, well-researched mindfulness and holistic healing practices. Therapists develop treatment plans, provide individual and group psychotherapy, and update families each week via teleconference. Students participate in daily process groups and a wide range of experiential activities designed to increase awareness and facilitate growth.