Kevin Knutson

 Knutson, Kevin - Administrative Director
Some things about me and my background: Observing and understanding others, and figuring out “what makes others tick” has always been one of my interests. So, psychology has been a natural field of study for me. I have had a wide variety of life and other experiences that naturally lead me to the study of counseling and management.  After graduating from college with a degree in Human Resource Management,  I moved to Germany where I served active duty as an Army Personnel Officer.  At the end of my military obligation I then moved to the Seattle area and was a Branch Manager of a National Bank.  It was then that I finally decided what I wanted to do when I grew up.  One of the things I really enjoyed about the Army was the opportunity to meet with and work with the soldiers on a one-on-one basis.  In addition, one of the things that I enjoyed most about being a bank manager was the one-on-one loan interviews/account interviews/personnel interviews.  So, I applied for, and was accepted to BYU’s Educational Psychology program.  I quit my job, sold my house, said good-by to my friends and moved my family to Provo, UT.

In the counseling arena I started out working as a clinician in an agency setting dealing almost exclusively with sex offenders and their victims. I also worked with Domestic Violence perpetrators and victims.  I worked with them for 3 1/2 years,  before becoming the Family Preservation Director with a school district.  I worked there for 10 ½ years and was the only licensed counselor for the school district.  I also contracted with DCFS to provide consultation, therapy, intervention and whatever else they needed. I served as the Executive Director for Aspen Ranch for five years prior to developing Equine Journeys with two of my colleagues.  

Other professional opportunities include a private counseling practice in Salina, UT with a colleague.  We also have an ATV outfitter business and are trail guides on the Piute, Gooseberry, and San Rafael trail systems and offer “therapy ATV trips”.  Most summers I go to Washington DC to assist the Federal Health and Human Services Department with their grant review process.  I also teach Masters level counseling classes for the University of Phoenix. I have also been a therapist for a youth wilderness program.

Personally, I enjoy spending time with my family and children and in doing many different “active” activities (scuba diving, four-wheeling, dirt biking, golfing, skydiving, skiing, hiking, camping, horseback riding etc.).  We have 2 horses, a dog, a rabbit, two cats, three chickens, a salt water fish tank, and a goat.

Brandon Burr

Burr, Brandon, LCSW, ECP-P - Clinical and Program Director
Brandon received his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Boise State University  in 1994 and his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University in 1996.  His first graduate internship was in adolescent day treatment and wilderness therapy. His second was in treatment of sexual and physical abuse, both offenders and victims.

After graduate school, Brandon continued his work in the area of sexual and physical abuse treatment.  He became the agency Clinical Director and supervised outpatient and correctional facility treatment programs in central and southern Utah for four years.

Working in correctional settings led to employment with the Utah Department of Corrections where he designed and developed a residential substance abuse treatment program utilizing the Therapeutic Community Model at the Central Utah Correctional Facility.  Over the seven years he was the Program Director, the program grew from 64 beds to over 300 in spite of much skepticism about the effectiveness of treatment for offenders.  This program has proven to be highly successful in the treatment of substance abuse disorders and continues to operate.

After leaving corrections, Brandon went back to the wilderness. He worked as a wilderness therapist, remaining in the field with his students several days and nights each week, with a program near the Four Corners area for the year prior to accepting a position as the Clinical Director at Aspen Ranch. He served as the clinical director there for five years and until he, with two colleagues, developed Equine Journeys. 

Brandon lives on the family farm in Salina, Utah with his wife, two children, and six horses.  

Chad Lyman

Chad Lyman, ECP-P, Director of Ranch Operations
brings over 25 years experience with horses to Equine Journeys.  He was raised on a large cattle ranch in Southern Utah, where he started riding at a very young age.  By the age of 13 he made his start in the horse training business by training young untamed colts for local ranchers.  Learning various training techniques from local trainers helped Chad build a solid foundation and develop a burning desire to acquire as much knowledge about horses as possible. 

Chad attended Texas State Horse Shoeing School and also studied Horsemanship and Reining while attending Southern Utah University.  He has also studied with trainer John Lyons of Colorado to address communication skills with problem horses.  To add to this vast knowledge, Chad attended specialized training at Colorado State University in Equine Reproduction.  Most recently, Chad has been the Equine Manager and Trainer for a large ranch in southern Utah where he was responsible for 80 horses. 

Chad has also been involved with youth in Scouting and other organized groups.  These experiences have included trail rides, camp-outs and assisting in the setting and achievement of individual goals.  Chad believes his greatest teacher through out all of his training has been the horse.