New Vision Teens

Teen Program (single gender groups ages 13-17)

Adolescent students at New Vision 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  New Vision Wilderness does not use an outdated behavioral level system in programming.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.
  • The 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, canoeing, ice fishing, dog sledding, and much more…
  • Intensive family communication sessions
  • HeartMath somatic stress-testing
  • Continuing care options available


New Vision 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 New Vision 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 New Vision 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.

Teen rappelling at New Visions Wilderness - in Medford, Wisconsin

Adventure Education

Wilderness is an optimal setting for Adventure Education. Our program helps individuals learn about personal growth by presenting achievable challenges, setting goals, and processing experiences in a group setting. This also promotes joy and relationship through unique shared experiences. In addition to frequent hiking and backpacking, New Vision orchestrates specialized experiences throughout the seasons such as:

  • Rock climbing
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing/ice fishing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Dog sledding
  • Maple syrup tapping

While focusing on communication and incorporating all five senses, Adventure Education also encourages participants to engage in healthy lifestyles!


Admissions Process:

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.