Gil’s career in wilderness therapy brings together his passions for working with young people and connecting with the healing power of the outdoors. He moved back to his hometown of Loa and the beloved mountains and deserts he wandered during his formative years to work for Aspen Achievement Academy in 1995. Aspen Achievement Academy, with Gil as the Executive Director since 1996, became the most influential wilderness therapy program in the country. Gil served on the committee appointed by the Utah State Office of Licensing in 1997 to review and update the licensure standards for Outdoor Youth Programs. In 2000, he assembled and led the team that conceptualized and founded Passages To Recovery, the pioneer in wilderness therapy substance abuse treatment for young adults.More
"I have seen and experienced for myself the deep impact and effects of the wilderness. I believe there is no better way to learn about yourself and your own capabilities than to be surrounded by nature without the distractions of modern conveniences. I have over 15 years of experience in being a soldier in the Utah Army National Guard. Even after facing the enemies of our country in Iraq, I believe the greatest enemy for any individual is themselves, and each one of us are combating our fears, anxieties, anger, sadness, ambivalence and addictions. I believe that each one of us have the capacity to do great things and be great people if only we can be victorious in our battles with our own internal enemies. Through my experiences I have come to understand how important it is to be a part of a team that functions well. I look towards the treatment team for support and strength knowing I am only a part of the potential power of this program. I feel extremely honored to be part of a program and team that is so effective and efficient in showing young men their potential and guiding them to better, more productive, and independent lives."More
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