Hello, my name is Drew Hornbeck. I have a BA in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. I have been working in the field of Adventure and Wilderness Therapy for over 15 years. I helped design and implement therapeutic, academic, wilderness, and residential programs across the country. Over the span of my career, I worked with youth in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Montana, Colorado, Alaska, and Hawaii.
In returning to my home state of Wisconsin to raise my family, I found there were limited treatment options in the Midwest for teens (especially for those who were not responding to traditional treatment interventions). I developed a small program in 2003 designed to inspire teens to make more positive decisions. Upon meeting Steve Sawyer for the first time in early 2007, I found that my program designs and passion for helping teens were a great match with Steve’s vast clinical expertise. Together along with our amazing team of professionals, we have founded a unique, positive, and effective therapy model for teens and families.
My role at NVW includes Admissions and Program Management. I have a hands-on approach to running NVW and my personal mission is to ensure that the physical and emotional safety of our clients is the number one priority at all times. I am happy to speak with parents about NVW. When not at work, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my wife and two beautiful daughters.
Steve Sawyer is a licensed psychotherapist filled with passion and knowledge surrounding the intervention and change process. His experience comes from over a decade of intervention with tough-to-reach client populations in therapy settings ranging from residential, community-based, outpatient and wilderness therapy. Steve currently serves on the board of The National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camping (NATWC).
Steve is trained in several unique therapeutic models including somatic trigger release, multiple levels of brainspotting, traumatic memory reprocessing, and HeartMath. Through his experience he has authored two books, co-founded Wisconsins only wilderness therapy program, New Vision Wilderness, and works as a core therapeutic training development staff with the Institute of HeartMath. He was an author in the innovative and comprehensive HeartMath Interventions Establishing a New Baseline for Sustained Behavioral Change therapist training Module that revolutionizes modern therapy interventions through an emotional physiology approach.
Steves largest project has been the development of NVWs Trauma Informed Care model in the wilderness setting that has challenged the entire wilderness therapy industry on making healthier interventions with their clients. Steves trainings are recognized nationwide for cutting-edge therapeutic techniques and inspiration.
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