Northwoods Teens

Teen Program (single gender groups ages 13-17)

Adolescent students at Northwoods participate in a full immersion therapy experience.  Away from the distractions of everyday life, students have the opportunity to benefit from round the clock therapeutic support.  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.  Students sleep in individual tents and follow a nomadic model of movement, setting up camp in a new area once or twice each week.  Canines are an integral “member” of each group and reside full time with our adolescent students. 

Why New Vision Wilderness?

Our nationally recognized wilderness therapy programs lead the industry in clinically advanced intervention services.  Our therapeutic relational model serves as a catalyst for positive change in the lives of students and their families.

Our Teen Students:

New Vision Wilderness offers specialized care plans to meet your needs and address your struggles Our teen students most commonly face challenges related to unresolved trauma, attachment/adoption experiences, anxiety, depression, substance use, low self-esteemand difficulties with attention, motivation, regulation, and school attendance.   

Our Philosophy:

New Vision Wilderness empowers the individual to make healthy life choices and build stronger relationships.  Caregivers and families are an integral part of every student’s treatment.  New Vision Wilderness provides an unparalleled wilderness experience while adhering to the highest standards of safety and individual attention.  The emotional and physical safety of students is the most important factor for our staff.  We work from a strengths-based perspective and a supportive, “build them up” philosophy.  We utilize both adventure education and psychotherapy to cultivate change in students; we do not solely rely on a physical challenge regimen as the catalyst for change.  New Vision Wilderness does not use an outdated behavioral level system in programming.  We favor instead a relational focused treatment plan. 

Highlights of the Teen Wilderness Programming:

  • Emotional and physical safety for our students/your youth is the most important factor for our staff.
  • Average length of stay is 80 days.
  • Intensive individual therapy each week in addition to psychotherapeutic group-oriented therapy.
  • Access to clinical specialty staff 3 days per week.
  • Brainspotting
  • 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

Academics:

Northwoods Wilderness Therapy is accredited through Cognia and offers options for academic credits.  While in treatment, most students earn credits in physical education and health.  Opportunities for language arts, environmental science, psychology, and independent study credits are also available.  Academic programming at Northwoods is designed to be woven into the student’s therapeutic immersion experience.  Students are not pulled out of group for classroom time, rather lessons are incorporated into daily activities and intermittent independent reflection time. 

Family Involvement:

Healing family relationships is a core component of treatment at Northwoods Wilderness Therapy.  Parents and caregivers engage weekly in online parent support seminars and calls with our primary therapists.  Phone sessions with our family therapist are also included during treatment as is a family visit that takes place around halfway through a student’s time in program.  Our seasoned Family Services Director is available to conduct Family Intensive Experiences that are customized to the parents’ and caregivers’ needs.  These Family Intensive Experiences allow parents and caregivers to participate in the same supportive therapies their student is receiving including BrainspottingHeartMath, and Canine Therapy. 

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.

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Adventure Education

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:

At Northwoods Wilderness Therapy we know that finding the right care is important.  We would love to learn more about your family to determine if Northwoods may be a good fit for your needs.  Please contact us at 866-978-1560 or admissions@nvwild.com.

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 866-978-1560 or email admissions@nvwild.com today.