New Vision

Wilderness Therapy

About Our Program

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New Vision Wilderness Wilderness Therapy proudly serves as the first established New Vision Wilderness program.  Located in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, we are a team of highly trained professionals dedicated to transforming the experiences of struggling students and families. 

Established in 2007, New Vision provides trauma-informed, attachment focused, wilderness immersion therapy to pre-teens, adolescents, and their families.  Using some of the most innovative, yet trusted, therapeutic techniques our team works directly with the nervous system to “reset” the student’s physical and emotional experience.  

Simultaneously, our team supports students in exploring the way their struggles manifest as symptoms and behaviors.  By providing emotional support, communication options, social skill-building, and regulation techniques our team facilitate holistic, cohesive healing for students.  Parents and caregivers are vital participants in this process as well.    

New Vision Wilderness Therapy operates year-round and accepts students through a rolling admissions process.  The Chaquamegon National Forest provides a beautiful and diverse landscape for our field area.  With specialized programming for each season, students may find themselves hiking, canoeing, climbing, ice fishing, and dogsledding among other peak Adventure Experiences.  Our program is positioned for “back country” immersion in a field area that is simultaneously located close to town.  This allows staff and supplies to move quickly to our student groups.  In the event a student requires medical evaluation or care they are only a short distance from hospital and medical services.  High accessibility to our cabins, close proximity to our leadership team, and strategic operations have all contributed to New Vision Wilderness Therapy setting an industry leading record in safety.

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Preteen Program

New Vision Wilderness Therapy offers specialized treatment to our younger students, focusing on the unique aspects of preteen development. Preteen students also have an established home base which provides grounding and comfort after adventure activities.      

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Teen Program

Adolescent students at New Vision participate in a full immersion therapy experience.  The wilderness environment allows students to focus on regulation through attunement with the rhythms of nature.  Every aspect of programming is intentionally designed to integrate trauma responsive principles. 

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Who We Treat

At New Vision we treat preteens and adolescents (ages 10-17) experiencing: 

Acute & Complex Developmental Trauma 



Dysregulation & Mood Changes 

Impulsivity & Defiance 

Learning Differences & Social Challenges 

Relationship Injuries & Attachment Wounds 

Substance Use 

Autism Spectrum Disorder 


Our Treatment Practices


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Canine Therapy 

At New Vision Wilderness, our canine therapy program uses Golden Retrievers very strategically to teach our clients how to work on healthy relationships with the ultimate goal being transferable attachment.  Transferable attachment is practicing relationship tools with the canines and then transferring those skills learned to healthy human relationships.  The unconditional love and loyalty that canines provide make them the perfect animal to work with when practicing safe relationships. 

Family Services

All development and healing happen in the context of relationships.  At New Vision, Family Services are a core component of treatment.  In addition to weekly calls with a primary therapist, caregivers are provided therapeutic support by our Family Services Director.  Ongoing opportunities for parent seminars, online education, and family therapy intensives are available.


At New Vision Wilderness Therapy we know that finding the right care is important.  We would love to learn more about your family to determine if New Vision may be a good fit for your needs.  Please contact us at 715-390-0086 or

New Vision Wilderness programs have the ability to enroll students year-round, every day of the week.  We will support you through the admissions and enrollment process, and work to accommodate your family’s needs.

Take the next step forward by speaking to an experienced and compassionate member of our Admissions Team.  Call 715-390-0086 or email today.


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