Evidenced-Based Research

New Vision Wilderness is involved in several long-term research projects. NVW pre-tests and post-tests all clients on both Youth Outcomes Questionnaire Self-Report 2.0 (YOQ), and HeartMath EmWave PC stress scans. 

The reports show that wilderness immersion works and we use it here at New Vision Wilderness Therapy

New Vision YOQ 2.0 SR Sample Size Data Report

Wilderness Immersion: Y-OQ 2.0 results from North Woods (WI) Wilderness Immersion participants in 2011, demonstrated an average initial score of 74 during admission and an average improved score of 45.44 upon their discharge. The Y-OQ Reliability Change Index (RCI), provides the amount by which a clients total score must increase (deterioration) or decrease (improvement) to be considered clinically significant. Changes in the total score that are less than the RCI are not statistically relevant. In order to be clinically significant Y-OQ results for the Y-OQ 2.0 assessment, change must be 18 points or more. NVW Y-OQ results show a point decrease (improvement) of 28.56, indicating that on average, NVW clients are demonstrating clinically significant improvement after participation. View report here.


Research on Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH)

Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council

Over the last 20 years, research in wilderness therapy (often referred to as Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare, or OBH) has grown considerably in numbers and professionalism. While a number of programs and institutions have contributed to this promising research base, the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council (OBHC), formed in 1997, has been a driving force for research and evaluation. New Vision- West Coast joined the OBH Council in 2013.

The OBH Council works with Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Cooperative (OBHRC), whose purpose is to carry out comprehensive independent research and provide credible, objective information to the field. OBHRC has grown to include 12 full and affiliate research scientists with over 200 studies conducted in the field about the behavioral healthcare. Below is a summary of a few of OBHRC

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