Steve Kern, LCSW
Steve has provided behavioral health services and therapy for over 25 years. As Program Director of the children’s department at a community mental health center in Kansas, he developed and implemented therapeutic group programming for children and adolescents who experienced behavioral and emotional challenges. He instituted a highly structured treatment group for children in need of extra support, developed adventure based programming using natural or environmental features, and founded a backcountry program to provide therapeutic outdoor experiences for children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional disturbances. Through these programs, Steve witnessed the power of nature in promoting the behavioral and emotional health of individuals. It became clear that a connection with the earth is an integral part of an individual’s wellbeing and ability to thrive. In search of an opportunity to further experience these connections between the earth and individuals, Steve moved to Utah in 2006 and began work as a therapist for young adults receiving treatment in wilderness programs. Drawing on his work experiences in Kansas, Steve also implemented a highly structured wilderness intervention program for youth in a residential treatment center, and developed a program for the youth to experience adventure based activities in the Utah mountains, canyons, and waterways. In addition, he formulated and led a wellness program integrating physical fitness activities with mental and emotional health therapies. In 2015, Steve joined the Legacy clinical team where he enjoys working with a program that taps in to the things that wilderness can offer in the way of healing and self actualization.
The founders and leadership team of Juniper Canyon bring together a breadth of experience across the full spectrum of Residential Treatment and Wilderness Therapy. Members of the team include, Gil Hallows, Dr. Madolyn Liebing, Mike Hinkle, Kim Belair, Troy Faddis, Ray Barlow, Derek Daley, and Flora Hallows