Ray’s passion for this work comes from his personal life-changing experiences in the wilderness and a strong belief in the power of mentoring. Through his own remarkable journey, he has gained the experience, insight, and passion to help others find their vision for the future and make the successful transition to manhood. For Ray, this work is much more than a job; it is a life calling. Ray has over 20 years’ experience working in the wilderness and has helped countless people overcome the obstacles standing in the way of their success. Ray is a Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor and has personal experience with the heartache of addiction and the joy of recovery. Ray is a certified Wilderness First Responder and a Certified Positive Control Systems instructor and has had extensive training and experience in the area of wilderness risk management, Motivational Interviewing, 12 Step Recovery, the Gorski Relapse Prevention Model, the Stages of Change Model, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and wilderness survival.
Ray has a wife and four children who love to spend time in the wilderness with him fly-fishing, skiing, camping, hiking and exploring wild things and wild places.
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