Aspiro has a visionary leadership team who have taken the strengths of outdoor behavioral therapy programs and addressed many of the weaknesses of the industry as well.
The Aspiro Team consists of a wide range of backgrounds and years of experience.
Brian Church -
President, Founding Partner
Brian Church grew up in Redmond, Washington where he was the youngest of five children. Brian loved playing most team sports, as well as tennis and golf. Growing up in the shadows of the Cascade Mountains, he couldn’t get enough of the hiking, camping and fishing the region has to offer. After spending two years on the north island of New Zealand, Brian graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Communications (Public Relations emphasis).
Gordon Day, PhD.
Vantage Point boys/girls 13-17
- Masters Degree in Psychology W/minor is Family Relations from California State University
- Bachelors of Psychology California state College
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Brigham Young university
- Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Utah
- Extensive clinical training in research of psychotherapy and assessments for children, adolescents and family systems.
- Clinical emphasis in child, adolescent, and family psychology
- Specializes in Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Dr. Day, a recognized expert in the assessment and treatment of adolescents with neurodevelopmental and other learning and processing issues, joined the Aspiro team in April of 2008. His vision and passion has been to create dynamic, individualized outdoor therapeutic programming. He has pioneered outdoor therapeutic approaches specifically tailored to the needs of adolescents and young adults struggling with complex learning and emotional issues.
Josh Watson, LCSW
Director of Admissions and Marketing
- Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia
- Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Business Administration from Gardner-Webb University
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Utah
- Trained/experienced in CBT, Family Systems therapy, Adlerian therapy, Strengths-based therapy, Crisis and Risk Assessment
- Also specializes in:crisis de-escalation / anxiety resolution / frustration tolerance / verbal de-escalation / CBT/DBT / interpersonal relationships
Josh has over 12 years of experience working with adolescents, young adults, and their families. As an original member of the Aspiro Leadership Team, Josh has performed many duties including a Clinical Wilderness Therapist, Clinical Supervision, and is currently Aspiro’s Admissions Director.
Woody Crowell -
Having worked with young adults and adolescent in various capacities since 1997, Woody is a great addition to the Executive Team at the Aspiro family of programs.
Woody is no stranger to wilderness adventure therapy. As the initial owner/operator for eight years of the largest adolescent and young adult crisis intervention organization in the United States, woody maintained 55 employees and personally helped over 1,000 families seek treatment for their son or daughter. Woody worked as a Director of Admissions and Marketing Director for several Therapeutic Outdoor Programs, and was responsible for all admissions, marketing materials, website design/maintenance, the creation and updates of Parent and Field Manuals, and more. During this time he formed personal relationships with Clinical Professionals, Executive Directors, and Therapeutic Community leaders all over the country and is widely respected and trusted in the therapeutic wilderness and residential communities. Woody also has over 450 trail days as a Field Guide in Southern Idaho and Upstate New York, Logistics Coordinator and served as an Assistant Field Director in Southern Idaho.