Gil’s career in wilderness therapy brings together his passions for working with young people and connecting with the healing power of the outdoors. He moved back to his hometown of Loa and the beloved mountains and deserts he wandered during his formative years to work for Aspen Achievement Academy in 1995. Aspen Achievement Academy, with Gil as the Executive Director since 1996, became the most influential wilderness therapy program in the country. Gil served on the committee appointed by the Utah State Office of Licensing in 1997 to review and update the licensure standards for Outdoor Youth Programs. In 2000, he assembled and led the team that conceptualized and founded Passages To Recovery, the pioneer in wilderness therapy substance abuse treatment for young adults. Gil heavily influenced the development of comprehensive best practices for managing risk in the outdoors for the Aspen Education Group outdoor programs.
He was a founding member of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Industry Council (OBHIC) in 1996, and has served as its president and Research Committee Chair. He helped found the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Cooperative (OBHRC) and support it in becoming the leader in outcomes research. Gil has been on the board of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) from 2002 to 2011, and has served as Ethics Committee Chair and board liaison to the Research Committee. Gil was recognized by NATSAP in 2009 as the recipient of the National Leadership Award.
Gil and his wife Flora are the parents of five children and have six grandchildren. The Hallows family spends its free time outdoors in all seasons hiking, camping, skiing, exploring, bonding, and enjoying the calming beauty of nature.
The Legacy Team
The founders and leadership team of Legacy Outdoor Adventures bring together accomplishments and experience across the full spectrum of wilderness therapy. Members of the team, led by Gil Hallows, Executive Director, and including Troy Faddis, Clinical Director, Ray Barlow, Admissions Director, and Derek Daley, marketing/admissions, have had a profound impact in defining the field of wilderness therapy. Team members have played major roles developing effective wilderness programming, establishing risk management and clinical best practices, refining substance abuse treatment in the wilderness, and setting the standard for training professional field instructors and wilderness therapists.