Our preteen program is located in Wisconsin at our "North Woods" location.

Facilitating Long-term Change in Struggling Youth and Families Since 2007

Pre-Teen Program (ages 12-13)

Located in Wisconsin

Pre-Teen (Males and Females 12-13)

*Single gender groups

Clients experience an individualized program structured to their stage in life. Fostering strengths and improving upon weaknesses allows your son or daughter to focus their intervention, treatment, academics, family involvement, and mastery.  

Why New Vision Wilderness?

Our nationally recognized, individually tailored wilderness therapy programs lead the industry in specialized intervention services and relational model therapy as a catalyst for positive change in struggling pre-teens.

Fishing with New Vision WIlderness a Wilderness Therapy program in Wisconsin for Pre-teens

Our Philosophy:

New Vision Wilderness (NVW) sets industry standards in therapeutic outdoor programming. NVW empowers the individual to improve decision-making skills and build healthier relationships. NVW works with the individual and the family. NVW provides an unparalleled wilderness experience while adhering to the highest standards of safety and individual attention. The emotional and physical safety of clients is the most important factor for our staff. We offer a “build them up” philosophy focusing on their strengths and encouraging growth in those areas. We utilize both adventure education and psychotherapy to create the change in clients and do not solely rely on a physical challenge regimen as the catalyst for change. NVW deemphasiszed the behavioral level system, favoring instead, a relational focused treatment plan.

Our Clients:

New Vision Wilderness programming includes a personalized wellness plan which incorporates therapeutic growth, and mastery learning in a selected area of interest. In the past our clients most commonly struggle with issues such as unresolved trauma histories, attachment or adoption challenges, anxiety, depression, dual diagnosis, low self-esteem or lack of motivation, oppositional defiance, difficulties with decision making, anger management, bi-polar disorder, impulse control ADHD/ADD, OCD, eating disorders, and school attendance.

Highlights of the Pre-Teen Programming:

  • Emotional and physical safety for our clients/your youth is the most important factor for our staff.
  • Minimum length of Stay of 45 Days; average stay is between 6-10 weeks.
  • At least 3 hours of intensive individual therapy per week and over 4+ hours of psychotherapeutic group oriented therapy.
  • Access to clinical specialty staff 3 days per week.
  • Individualized Art Therapy
  • Brainspotting &EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitized Reprocessing)
  • Adventure Education including backpacking, mountaineering, white water rafting, fly fishing and much more…
  • Intensive family communication sessions
  • HeartMath somatic stress-testing
  • Continuing care options available

Preteen client at the Wisconsin New Vision Wilderness program


New Vision Wilderness strives to support the academic process of our clients by providing experiential learning and credit transfer to support the continuation of their education. Visit our academics page to find out more.

Family Involvement:

Families speak with their child’s therapist weekly and also have an in-person family therapy session during their child’s stay to assist in building strong family ties. For more on family involvement in the therapeutic process visit our Family Therapy page.

Meet Our Team:

Our dynamic staff offers a unique and intensive therapeutic process for clients. Field Therapists and Clinical Specialists are passionate about healing as well as using the outdoors as their office. The field team brings expertise in safe practices, adventure education, and compassion for struggling youth. Biographies of our team are available.

Trauma Informed Care (TIC) Model:

A true Trauma Informed Care model welcomes all levels of care including training in stress responses for all line staff. At New Vision Wilderness, there is an even stronger emphasis on clinical trauma training of the clinical team who compose deep interventions to effectively manage stress in the field. Our model is the result of many years of experience and a collaborative team approach…created, maintained, and updated by a team of highly experienced professionals.

Adventure Education081

Wilderness is an optimal setting for Adventure Education. Our Adventure Education program helps individuals learn about personal growth and relationships by presenting achievable challenges, setting goals, and processing experiences in a group setting. New Vision Wilderness utilizes hiking and trauma sensitive yoga as a means to reduce stress and depression, stimulate the brain, and allow individuals to process emotions at higher capacities. In addition to the Adventure Education embedded in the daily structure of New Vision Wilderness, we have specialized experiences encompassing rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, mountain biking, and cross country skiing. While focusing on communicating and incorporating all five senses, Adventure Education also encourages participants to engage in healthy lifestyles!

Admissions Process:

  1. Contact our Admissions Team at 855.689.8326. We are excited to learn more about your child and to discuss if New Vision Wilderness is the right fit.
  2. Visit our admissions page to begin the online application by clicking “Online Registration” link below. This provides the Admissions Team and Administrative Office with basic information. An Admissions Counselor will contact you within 24 hours.
  3. Receive the Admission Packet from your Admissions Counselor or the Administrative Office.
  4. Fax, e-mail, or mail completed Admission Packet to New Vision Wilderness. Visit our contact page for complete contact information here.

Online Registration

Pre-teen wilderness immersion program with New Vision Wilderness an outdoor wilderness therapy program.

“Our son is doing well; everyone sees he has come out of the wilderness much beyond those from other programs.”

-S. & A. Preteen Parents

  • Trauma/abuse histories
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Anger Management
  • Adoption/Attachment Issues
  • OCD
  • School Attendace
  • Parent/Child Conflict
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Relationships
  • Manipulative Behaviors
  • School Motivation/Underachievement
  • Self Harm
  • Grief and Loss Issues


Admissions  –  Adolescents  –  Young Adult  –  Specialty Programs  –  Continuing Care

How To Contact New Vision

To speak to a team member, please fill out the CONFIDENTIAL form below. A team member will contact you within 24 hours.