All Kinds of News for March 04, 2020
New Vision Wilderness was fortunate to undergo a case study submitted to Psychological Trauma for consideration of inclusion in the special issue entitled “Complementary Medicine and Integrative Approaches to Trauma Therapy and Recovery.”
The scope of the study was to identify that Wilderness Therapy (WT) is an integrative approach for treating struggling adolescents. It uses outdoor adventure activities to foster personal and interpersonal growth/well-being. Empirical support for the utility of traditional WT is emerging, but evidence supporting trauma-informed WT is lacking. This pilot study examines the potential effectiveness of New Vision Wilderness Therapy (NVWT), a specific trauma-informed, integrative wilderness therapy-based program.
The results identified that teens reported experiencing improvements in psychological and family functioning. They also exhibited improvement in psychophysiological functioning (heart-rhythm coherence). Caregivers reported improvements in family functioning and their teen’s psychological functioning. Caregivers endorsed more persisting treatment benefits in their teen’s psychological functioning, whereas teens reported more persisting benefits in family functioning. Changes in psychological and family functioning were related. There were few differential treatment effects based on demographic factors, trauma exposure, and past or current treatment factors.
Results of this pilot study suggest New Vision Wilderness is a promising, integrative intervention for improving the psychological, family, and psychophysiological functioning of struggling adolescents.
New Vision Wilderness (NVW) programs are innovative wilderness therapy programs for clients who require immediate intervention and intensive mental health treatment. Our programs specialize in treating struggles associated with adoption, developmental trauma, anxiety, depression, and addiction. We serve preteens, teens, young adults, and their parents in three U.S. locations: the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, the majestic Cascade mountain range of Central Oregon.