New Vision Wilderness Therapy is an intervention and adventure therapy program with three locations within the US: Wisconsin, Oregon and North Carolina. New Vision offers programming for adolescents, pre teens, young adults and families who have experienced a trauma using a Trauma Informed Model. Clients experience a number of challenging activities that foster positive change and improve their self image, while also receiving regular group and individual therapy, align with gender-specific and individualized programming, all of which takes place in the woods. The adolescnet and pre-teen progrmaming is ideal for young people who are showing signs of trauma and exhibiting low self esteem or self harm, have mental health issues or have been experimenting with substance abuse.
Accommodations and Food
The adolescent and pre-teen programming is operated out of either Medford, Wisconsin or Bend, Oregon. During the programs clients reside in their own tents, which are provided by New Vision, along with everything they would need to keep themselves safe and warm while living in the outdoors. During really rough weather days there are small cabins they clients can sleep in.
All food is provided by the facility and clients learn how to make their own meals as part of the program. This includes pancakes, sandwiches, burritos, oatmeal and spaghetti.
Treatment and Staff
The staff-to-client ratio on group trips is usually eight-to-three when the program is maxed out. However, there are smaller groups that go out often, leaving more opportunity for one on one times with staff. The pre-teen groups, ages 10 to 12, are provided with comprehensive therapy along with their outdoor adventure training. Treatment is based on a trauma model and also utilizes science-based approaches, like brainspotting and neurofeedback. There is also a great deal of play therapy, CBT and Seeking Safety. The younger clients are in mixed gender groups for the most part.
The teen program is geared towards ages 13 to 17, and is slightly more intensive. This track entails at least three, hour long individual sessions per week, and more than four hours of group therapy weekly as well. Treatment for this age group includes brainspotting, EMDR and stress management skills.
For both groups treatment can last between six and 10 weeks, though these programs are individualized. During their time in treatment, the clients are working on their education and continuing with their studies.
The clinical team that operates these programs for adolescents are Master’s-level therapists who specialize in adventure therapy and academics.
There is specialized canine therapy, art therapy, equine therapy, and several adventure therapy experiences including backpacking, fishing, mountaineering, white water rafting, cross country skiing and more.
The idea behind New Vision is that the wilderness presents challenges that can be overcome by the clients with the right training and support, which is a metaphor for the challenges life often throws our way. This helps the clients realize their potential and inner strength, setting them up for a lifetime of success and self reliance. New Vision is truly a wonderful program for young people who have experienced a trauma and are in need in finding their balance and power again.
New Vision Wilderness – Wisconsin
807 Impala Dr
Medford, WI 54451
New Vision Wilderness Cost: $2,500 (enrollment fee); $515 (per day). Reach New Vision Wilderness by phone at (855) 689-8326.
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