Eric Fawson, LCSW as Clinical Director and Co-Owner
Elements Traverse, a young adult wilderness therapy program in central Utah, is thrilled to announce that Eric Fawson, LCSW will be the program’s new Clinical Director as well as Co-Owner. Fawson brings to Traverse a wealth of experience in behavioral health as well as enthusiasm for the wilderness treatment model.

Fawson has over fifteen years of experience, first in residential and therapeutic boarding school settings and for many years as a wilderness therapist and Clinical Director serving both adolescents and young adults. Most recently, Fawson worked as a Primary Therapist at Elements Wilderness Program working with teen boys. “It is absolutely wonderful to be joining the Traverse team,” shared Fawson. “While working at Elements, I observed the amazing clinical and healing work that happens at Traverse, which is a credit to such a well-intentioned and thought-out organization.”

Fawson is well known for his expertise as a family systems attachment trauma specialist, which goes hand in hand with his work with mood disorders, substance abuse, and other addictive behaviors. Fawson’s earliest clinical training focused on recovery with the young adult population and throughout his clinical career, he has remained connected to the young adult clinical world either through direct care or in a consulting capacity.

Started in 2016, Elements Traverse has established itself as a powerful and reputable wilderness option specifically tailored to young adults. With the addition of Fawson to both the clinical and ownership teams, Elements Traverse is poised to continue growing in terms of the number of clients served as well as the quality and effectiveness of the program. Fawson’s leadership and therapy style matches Elements Traverse’s approach of focusing on a healthy company culture and providing evidence-based treatment which promotes better outcomes for clients and their families.

“We are excited to have Eric on our team,” said Executive Director, Janine Donald. “He is a talented clinician as well as a caring and humble leader for our Clinical Team and the company as a whole. Elements has always placed value in its owner-operated ethos. Having Eric join the partnership builds on the strength of the whole organization.” Fawson will be officially joining Elements Traverse on October 1, 2020. “I can’t imagine a better team and community to join and feel blessed to have an opportunity to learn from everyone at Elements and Traverse,” shared Fawson.