New Vision Wilderness Therapy is a unique program that works with pre-teens to young adults who have gone through a trauma and are in need of a therapeutic intervention. New Vision offers an adventure therapy setting combined with evidence-based treatment protocols. The young adults program is operated out of Oregon and North Carolina, and is aimed at young men and women between the ages of 18 and 25 who may suffer from a variety of mental illnesses. It helps them build a healthy foundation and improve decision making skills while utilizing adventure education and therapy.
Accommodations and Food
Because the main model of treatment is trauma-informed, every client sleeps in their own tent while in the program, and are provided with the essentials to keep them safe, such as cooking gear, cold weather clothing, sleeping bags, rain gear and backpacks.
All the food is provided as well, and clients learn how to cook for themselves while in the program. These meals are healthy and balanced.
Treatment and Staff
The young adult program target clients that have exhibited signs of a past trauma, have ADD/ADHD, have eating disorders, trouble in school, behavioral issues, or mental health issues like depression anxiety or bipolar disorder. During the program, which is a minimum of 45 days but often runs for up to 10 weeks, New Vision implements adventure education, like white water rafting, backpacking, fly fishing and more, to show clients that they can handle anything life throws their way through the challenges of nature. In between their adventure therapy, there are at least three individual therapy sessions per week that last about an hour, and over four hours of group therapy weekly as well. These programs are, for the most part, gender-specific, with groups going out into the woods with a three-to-one client-to-staff ratio.
During the program clients can expect brainspotting and EMDR treatment all under the umbrella of trauma-informed care protocols. They receive valuable life skills training, relapse prevention techniques for those who are exhibiting signs of a substance abuse problem, and address anger management concerns. They begin to explore some occupational training and work on improving communication with family and friends, self esteem, setting boundaries and transitional skills.
Depending on the client’s needs, there are different levels of the adventure immersion therapy. There are day trips to three or four day overnight experiences. Additionally, family involvement is integral to the clients success and loved ones are involved throughout the process, with weekly counseling sessions over the phone.
The staff that operates these programs are Master’s-level therapists who specialize in adventure therapy.
Other offerings include equine therapy, canine therapy, art and music therapy, and regular exercise. There are also aftercare plans that are available.
The young adults who are attending New Vision Wilderness’ program have gone through an experience that changed the way they perceive themselves and others, and therefore led them to make some damaging decisions. This program shows these clients that not only are they worth putting the work into to help them heal, but also that they are valuable. They learn how to care for themselves, find their inner strength and regain their power within the couple of months in the wilderness.
New Vision Wilderness
160 SW Scalehouse Loop, Ste 160
Bend, OR 97702
New Vision Wilderness Therapy Young Adult Program Cost: $515 (per day). Reach New Vision Wilderness Therapy by phone at (855) 689-8326.
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