Jake Giffuni, SUDC


A licensed Substance Use Disorder Counselor with his own background in recovery, Jake has recently completed an MBA with a focus in healthcare administration with the intention to start a future transitional living program which will bring the power of adventure therapy and other evidence-based models to the intensive outpatient setting. Jake has been actively working in the behavioral health field almost exclusively within the substance abuse community for the past 5 years; even having been a field guide at Legacy when he was between clinical positions. Working in over a dozen programs with numerous demographics Jake has experienced a wide variety of treatment environments. With experience from medical detox to outpatient programs, wealthy to indigent demographics, and everything in between; Jake feels unequivocally that the Legacy program followed by appropriate transitional living services is the best course of treatment one can obtain at this time.  A huge proponent of delivering treatment from a biopsychosocial approach rather than the disease model, he finds success working with clients with multiple treatment failures, chronic relapsing, or treatment resistant symptoms. Having completed the 80hr Dialectical Behavioral Therapy training with New Roads Behavioral health, Jake is adept at working with the co-occuring substance abuse cases which we see increasing in frequency on an annual basis. Outside of Legacy, Jake can be found in the mountains spending time with his wife(a key member of the Juniper Canyon team) and their 3 dogs.

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.