Jon Stang, LCSW
Primary Field Supervisor for SUWS of the Carolinas serving 14-17 year old males
Jon’s work with adolescents began when he was an adolescent; at the age of 16, he landed his first professional outdoor leadership role, apprenticing as a guide for a Canadian canoe-expeditioning program. Jon’s belief in the transformational power of wilderness has only grown in the nearly thirty years since. Throughout his career, Jon has worked as a mountain guide, Wilderness EMT, Field Instructor, Parent Coach, Therapist, Director of Risk Management and Clinical Director; his passion for helping adolescents and their families address their problems while cultivating their strengths is the common thread tying these experiences together.
After earning an undergraduate degree in Human Development from Prescott College, Jon worked as a frontline staff at Aspen Achievement Academy. At the time, the field of wilderness therapy was young – as was Jon – but he knew he had found his calling. Jon went on to earn a Master of Science in Advanced Clinical Practice from Columbia University and has been a licensed social worker since 2004. In programs, boarding schools and private practice, Jon has specialized in treating mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, identity disturbance, emerging personality problems and complex family dynamics. His approach can be described as strengths-based and client-centered. Trained in sophisticated technique and sound practice, it’s Jon’s capacity to connect with help-rejecting clients that has distinguished his practice.
Away from the office, Jon competes nationally in endurance mountain bike racing for an Asheville based Pro/Am cycling team. An equally avid husband and father, Jon can often be found mucking around the woods near his rural home with his wife, children and coonhounds. Jon is involved in animal rescue, loves chess and the history and literature of southern Appalachia.