Young Adults in the Wilderness

Cultivating Compassion to Create Greater Connection Written by Liz Deardorff, LCSW Our world has never been more connected. We connect with each other via our phones, social media, instant messaging, facetime – whenever we want, wherever we want. Yet depression and anxiety continue to rise, and our world’s young adult population (18-27) can experience loneliness, … Continued

Introducing NVW – Asheville’s Interim Clinical Director Liz Deardorff

New Vision Wilderness – Asheville is pleased to announce Liz Deardorff as our Interim Clinical Director.  Liz is NVW’s most senior clinical team member and is excited to take on the Interim Clinical Director position for our Asheville program. Along with ensuring that Asheville’s clinical model is aligned with the Calo Programs clinical model, Liz … Continued

Northern Lights, NVW’s Wisconsin winter curriculum

Northern Lights, NVW’s Wisconsin winter curriculum is a modified base-camp model of wilderness clinical immersion, building interpersonal communication, core strengths development, self-discovery, and healthy leadership. Students sleep in heated cabins and expedition sites (weather dependent)and experience the incredible beauty and stillness of a winter in the north woods. EMBRACE Relationships at the Salem Lake Cabins … Continued

New Vision Wilderness Women of the Wild

Working with female students in a therapeutic wilderness setting is something that New Vision Wilderness (NVW) has prided itself in doing since 2007. With programs in both Wisconsin and Bend, OR, NVW runs multiple teenage girls’ groups at all times. Ages range from 13-17 years old, and we love seeing the improved mental and physical … Continued

Canines – The Ultimate Relationship Tool

At New Vision Wilderness we have four canines working with our groups. We have three Golden Retrievers at our West Coast location and one more in our Northwood’s program. We are using our canines very strategically in teaching our clients how to work on healthy relationships with the ultimate goal being transferrable attachment. Transferable Attachment … Continued

Revising The Student-Teacher Dynamic

While adjusting to life without technology and other distractions, many students are surprised to meet me as their teacher. With either clinched fists or shrugged shoulders, students ask, “I have to do school work?” Although wilderness therapy provides time away from life as most teenagers know it, New Vision Wilderness (NVW) understands that education must … Continued

Family Therapy Services

The core purpose at New Vision Wilderness (NVW as stated in our mission statement, is to “Heal children and unite families.”  In order to accomplish this important goal in the wilderness setting, NVW focuses on the entire family unit. I often think of a family in dysfunction as a broken clock. If all of the … Continued

Substance Abuse

By Jacob Thomason, Lead Therapist NVW North Woods While in the field this week I had a familiar conversation with a teen in my group.  It started with him telling me that he has changed and now believes marijuana is bad for him.  When I first started this work I would have taken the bait … Continued

What an Educational Winter!

Winter here in the Cascade Mountains is always a magical time, but it was a wild start to the season this year in Oregon! New Vision Wilderness (NVW) saw foot upon foot of snow pile up in our beautiful field area and our clients learned new ways to coexist with extreme weather. Each day, they … Continued

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