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At Aspiro, we know that change isn’t an individual endeavor.  Research shows that when we help not only your child but your whole family, those changes aren’t just temporary but have a life-long impact.  To help support your family while your child is at Aspiro, we offer the following services.

Weekly Therapeutic Calls

At Aspiro Adventure Therapy, we understand the importance of supporting and working with the family through the treatment process in order to help facilitate systemic changes. Students and parents communicate through letter-writing during the program, which allows them each to be open, honest, emotionally vulnerable and to slow down communication without fear of emotional reactions. Therapeutic journaling and letter writing are powerful and effective tools that establish healthy communication and closer relationships.

Parents/guardians will have a weekly therapy and coaching call with their child’s clinician, which will include progress updates, recommendations, and suggestions on effective parenting styles. The clinician will provide reading and writing assignments to parents that will parallel the work that the student is doing in the wilderness program, and process concepts such as boundary setting, empathy, communication, and more.

The ultimate goal is that each family member learns to focus on how their behaviors affect family relationships.

Live Weekly Webinar Series

Families at Aspiro participate in a weekly live webinar series covering topics ranging from identifying core issues, family roles and genograms, relapse prevention planning, self-care, healing, and self-reflection. These topics have been selected by our clinicians, as well as requested by current and past families. Through these webinars, we will help address the most relevant issues within the family unit and introduce a new way of exploring family dynamics. 

The webinar series is 10 weeks, and each webinar allows for an organic conversation where parents can share thoughts and comments and ask questions. Each person’s participation is essential in creating a conversation flow that is tailored to best serve every family’s needs. Families have unlimited access to each of the webinars that occurred during their time with us, even after they have transitioned out of Aspiro.

Family Seminar

“The best part about the seminar was seeing the progress in our son and seeing the level of interest, involvement, and care taken by his guides, therapist, and Aspiro staff.” – Parent

As your student engages in the therapeutic process and changes and growth began to occur, your therapist will schedule a time for you to attend Family Seminar. The seminar is intended to provide group and family therapy, help you find support amongst other families, and create a structured, positive reunion between you and your child. We know both you and your child will have experienced change during your time at Aspiro and therefore a comfortable environment in which your family can reconnect is important in order for you to continue on the therapeutic journey.

The seminar is a two-day experience designed to provide learning opportunities through instruction and activities. Seminar topics can include topics such as reducing collusion, healthy communication, and reconnecting family relationships. A primary goal at the parent seminar is for each family member to learn self-reflection strategies and see how behavioral patterns affect family relationships, as well as to reconnect with your child and rebuild trust and emotional connection. You are likely to see many areas of growth within yourself and your child throughout the seminar. It is also possible that you may see some regression of past behaviors or see areas where growth is still needed. 

As you take this next step in your therapeutic journey, you may find a reunion with your child can be full of emotion and can be both rewarding and challenging. Working through the challenge together, and finding ways to connect during meals together, work-shops, and a rock-climbing experience will continue your process of gaining mutual understanding and closeness. 

Most families attend a workshop midway through or towards the end of their son or daughter’s stay at Aspiro. You will work with your therapist to determine which seminar to attend. Following the seminar, students remain at Aspiro for a number of weeks, which will be collaboratively determined by the parents and primary therapist, based on student progress and plans for transition. Seminars are held on a monthly basis. 

Family Therapy & Parent Coaching

In addition to the weekly calls with your therapist, Aspiro offers family coaching upon request by a family, educational consultant, or therapist. Family coaching calls can include the parents or guardians of the student, siblings, and any other integral family member involved in the student’s life. Every student’s treatment and situation is unique, so your therapist will assess and work with you on what call structure will be best for your family system. These coaching calls provide an opportunity for more in-depth analysis and exploration of your family system.

Our Family Services Director and team are also available to parents or guardians and can facilitate follow-up sessions on therapeutic topics that may come up in the family coaching calls, or on webinar topics. Your therapist will work with you to schedule time with this team as needed.

Parent Support Group

A weekly parent support group is offered virtually to all current families in order for parents or guardians to have a space to communicate and connect with other Aspiro families. This group is intended to be a safe place where parents and guardians can listen to one another, share their thoughts and feelings, and gain support from one another. Alumni families occasionally choose to join this group as well in order to offer advice and additional support based on their Aspiro experience. A Family Services therapist on the Aspiro team will facilitate this group and provide additional insight, information, and guidance through the various stages of the treatment journey.

“[Aspiro] was exactly what our daughter needed to regroup, learn more about herself, gain confidence, let go of some negative beliefs, find hope and a desire to live the life she is capable of. The staff was amazing and the parent support was vital. It was a difficult experience for all of us, but I'm not sure what else could have helped us make the shift.”
Callie C.
Aspiro Parent

Communication With My Child

Letter writing is the primary source for communication between the family and student during a student’s stay at Aspiro. A parent or guardian can write letters through our secure, online parent portal throughout the week. Through the parent portal, families can also access photos of the student’s activities in the wilderness each week, as well as view a chronological archive of student and parent communication throughout their stay. Student’s letters are uploaded weekly to the parent portal for families to access, and parent letters are distributed to students once a week while at base-camp.  


Letter writing is a very thoughtful and intentional form of communication that provides an opportunity for the family to engage in a meaningful articulation of thoughts, feelings, fears, hopes, etc. This process also removes immediate emotional feedback and slows down communication, allowing for a more open, honest, and genuine connection with one another.

Insurance Claims and Records

For any questions regarding insurance claims or questions about obtaining your records, please contact the Family Services Department at [email protected]  or call 801-349-2740.

Meet the Family Services Team

  • David Mayeski, LCSW
    David Mayeski, LCSW
    Family Services Director
  • Kate Crowell
    Kate Crowell
    Family Services Coordinator
  • Whitney Fox
    Whitney Fox
    Administrative Assistant
  • Shailee Davis, CSW
    Shailee Davis, CSW
    Adolescent & Young Adult Males and Females, Ages 13-26
  • Nick Bolton, CSW
    Nick Bolton, CSW
    Adolescent & Young Adult Males, Ages 13-26

Meet the
Therapists
& Field Staff

What makes Aspiro a truly unique and special experience is our highly trained and dedicated team.

Meet The
Therapists
& Field Staff

Research shows that our students report a 38% increase in self-confidence. When faced with success in their abilities, students begin to believe in themselves again.

David Mayeski, LCSW
Family Services Director

Also specializes in: Family Systems Work / Understanding Family Roles, Dynamics and Power Struggles / Genograms

David comes to Aspiro with almost 20 years of experience working with families in therapeutic programs. Originally David received his Bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics and went on to earn his Master of Social Work.

Prior to joining Aspiro, David served in many capacities at highly respected residential treatment centers as a primary therapist, Admissions Director, and Clinical Director. After working as a primary therapist for two years, he was awarded his License in Clinical Social Work (LCSW) in 2003 and has continued practicing therapy with students and their families. His desire to help families heal and overcome obstacles, his years of experience, and his clinical sophistication, make him the perfect match as the Family Services Director where he continues to help families heal through parent coaching, therapy sessions, webinars, and during groups over Aspiro’s Parent Seminars.

David is passionate about helping others and guiding families through their journey of connecting and healing as a system. David enjoys talking politics, playing a round of golf, and especially cherishes time with his beautiful wife and three children.

 

Kate Crowell
Family Services Coordinator

Kate has worked in the wilderness industry for over twelve years, spending the majority of that time with Aspiro.  Kate has gained vast experience in numerous departments including working as a field guide, logistics coordinator, purchaser, accountant, and now as the Family Services Coordinator. The different roles she has played at Aspiro plus her great attention to detail and organization, make her an incredible asset to the Family Services team as she has an in-depth knowledge of the details of each department and of wilderness therapy as a whole. Kate’s experience allows her to easily arrange details for clinicians and families when organizing Family Days, and to answer questions for parents on all of the aspects of Aspiro.  Kate enjoys gardening, reading, knitting, and spending time with her husband, two little girls, and three dogs.

Whitney Fox
Administrative Assistant

Born and raised in Utah, Whitney joined the Aspiro team in early 2018. Whitney’s study of the arts has allowed her to look at systems with a creative and fresh perspective, making her an integral part of Aspiro’s office management team. She is eager to jump into new projects and broaden her understanding of the inner workings of Aspiro. Whitney’s attention to detail and family focus has enriched the family services department and added an important element of attention and care to everyone she works with. Whitney enjoys spending her free time with her daughter and camping with her friends, family, and dogs.

Shailee Davis, CSW
Adolescent & Young Adult Males and Females, Ages 13-26

Also Specializes in: Family Systems/Self-Esteem Issues/Substance Use/Trauma-Informed Care/Depression/ Anxiety

Shailee was born and raised in Utah. During her undergraduate studies at Utah Valley University, she worked in substance abuse treatment and she also worked at a residential treatment center for teenage girls, where she found passion in helping others enhance their lives. Shailee grew to love working with families and helping them understand their family dynamics. She quickly learned that change can happen when love and boundaries work together. Her work experiences led her to the decision to pursue a career as a therapist. During her four years working in residential treatment, she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Social Work.

Shailee pursued her goal to become a clinician and graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Utah. She is trained in Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She believes in utilizing the therapeutic relationship with her clients to help them explore, understand, and live their own core values in order to enhance their lives. Shailee has a gift for helping the people she is with feel loved and understood, and she therefore has a talent for connecting with and earning the trust of her students. Shailee married her childhood best friend and they enjoy spending time together in the great outdoors. She loves to travel and go on camping and fishing trips.

Nick Bolton, CSW
Adolescent & Young Adult Males, Ages 13-26

Also specializes in: Substance Use Disorders / Relationship Work / Lack of Motivation/ Risk Taking Behaviors / ADHD / Self-Esteem Issues / Depression / Anxiety

Hailing from Portland Oregon, as a teen Nick Bolton dreamed of becoming a high school football coach and history teacher. However, while attending college he began working at therapeutic programs and recognized he could apply his strengths as an educator to help people overcome their personal challenges. Starting in 2012 he began as a peer support, and then a life coach, a DBT skills trainer, a case manager, a recovery coach, a parenting coach, a program manager and a program director. His love for helping people work towards their goals and become the best version of themselves, propelled his educational pursuit to become a therapist. He has enjoyed his work in the wilderness most of all, because that is where he has seen the most growth take place.

Nick has a talent for connecting with his students and he believes that client-driven treatment is crucial to the change process, especially with the older adolescents and young adults that he primarily works with. He assists his students in identifying their goals and aligning their behaviors with those goals to create a healthy future. As a therapist, Nick takes a collaborative approach, meets people where they are at, and can integrate different modalities depending on what the student and family feel most comfortable with. He is just as passionate about sports and the outdoors as he is about personal growth. He enjoys weight lifting, running, playing softball and golf, skiing, and camping.