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Therapeutic Treatment Grounded in Tradition & Innovation

From its genesis in 1978, Northwest Passage programming has focused on blending traditional mental health treatment with arts and nature-based therapy. Though the problems facing children and teens have evolved since 1978, the fundamental needs for self-respect, trust, relationships, and steady guidance remain the same. And while Northwest Passage has grown in size and sophistication, we’ve never lost sight of the foundations all children need to be successful. Above anything else, Northwest Passage’s goal is to restore hope in our clients. By investing in the lives of marginalized youth, we are influencing and changing how mental health is ultimately treated and viewed. The transformations we see are no less than extraordinary.

“Under the Surface reveals the ascendance, worth, and virtue inside each of us and every body of water. We just need to get in and find it.”

Wallace J. Nichols

Famed water activist, author, and biologist, Blue Mind

“These kids see the world and our waters in ways many of us fail to appreciate. It has been an honor to facilitate their wonder.”

Dr. Toben Lafrancois

Research diver, ecologist, and adjunct professor, Northland College

“You’ve all played a part in [our son’s] healing by nourishing his mind, his body and his soul. He came to you feeling helpless, hopeless and broken. Through your hard work and dedication, he’s learned he’s important, what he thinks matters, and that his life has value and is worth living. Because you all believed in him, he’s coming home a young man who believes in himself. The words “thank you” don’t begin to express our gratitude. Everyone we’ve met has been so kind. It takes a very special person to do this kind of work and we are so thankful to each one of you for choosing to do it!.”

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GETTING TO KNOW US

Northwest Passage is dedicated to restoring hope through innovative mental health services for children and families…

  • Serving kids aged 12-17
  • 50 beds across five programs
  • 8-12 month aproximent average stay
  • 1:4 minnimum staff to client ratio
  • 350 kids served annually
  • Award winning photography programming

CONTACT US

If you’re looking for more information or would like to schedule an interview, please contact our communications director, Marceleen Mosher.

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Mark Elliott

Mark Elliott

Executive Director

Mark has been with Northwest Passage since 1987 in variety of roles culmenating in his current role. Mark has always believed that you are only as good as the people around you, and the joy of working with a quality staff and making an impact in kids’ lives have kept him “hooked” into the Northwest Passage family.

Ellen Race

Ellen Race

Program Director

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Bill Jury

Bill Jury

Program Director

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Angela Fredrickson

Angela Fredrickson

Clinical Director

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Ian Karl

Ian Karl

Experiential Programming Coordinator

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Key Staff

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NORTHWEST PASSAGE IN THE NEWS

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Please click the tab above to see the highlights of the first forty years of Northwest Passage.

Passage Expands Prairiview

April 1, 2016

Passage Expands Prairiview

In an effort to streamline programming and best serve a diverse population, the Lakeshore program capacity was absorbed into Prairieivew. In the process, the Frederic campus, housing both Assessment and Prairiview, built a new wellness center to continue the tradition of physical health.

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Passage Publishes First Book

January 1, 2013

Passage Publishes First Book

In a New Light expands to send kids across the country to six National Parks. As a result, we publish a beautiful nature photography book highlighting their journey and creations.

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Opens Gallery Doors!

April 1, 2012

Opens Gallery Doors!

Webster, Wisconsin  After success after success, the In a New Light programming found its permanent home at the In a New Light Gallery. The space features the work of at-risk youth undergoing treatment at any of our programs.

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Transitions Opens its Doors

March 1, 2012

Transitions Opens its Doors

Northwest Passage opens Northwest Transitions, an adult family group home that serves residents of St. Croix County.

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Oasis Opens its Doors

February 3, 2012

Oasis Opens its Doors

Northwest Passage opens Northwest Oasis, a group home that serves the youth of Sawyer County.

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First Annual Northwest Passage Golf Scramble

August 1, 2011

First Annual Northwest Passage Golf Scramble

The golf event in the community, the Passage Golf Scramble was started to provide funds for graduates of the programs’ alumni. So far, the event has raised over $240,000! It is held annually in August and always includes a theme worthy of participation.

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Prairieview Opens its Doors

January 1, 2003

Prairieview Opens its Doors

Prairieview opens its doors to serve adolescent girls in need of residential mental health services.

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Passage Brings Assessment to NW Wisconsin

June 1, 1994

Passage Brings Assessment to NW Wisconsin

Frederic, Wisconsin  Recognizing the need for comprehensive assessment services, Northwest Passage opened the first of its kind – Child & Adolescent Center (now, Assessment Center).

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Northwest Passage Adds Lakeshore

January 1, 1988

Northwest Passage Adds Lakeshore

Spooner, Wisconsin. The program expands by adding a wilderness program, headquartered at a cabin situated along the quiet shores of Rooney Lake.

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Staff Appreciation Tradition Begins

December 20, 1978

Staff Appreciation Tradition Begins

A tradition that began in its first year of operation, Northwest Passage’s annual staff appreciation holiday party continues to this day.

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Northwest Passage Opens For Business

November 1, 1978

Northwest Passage Opens For Business

Webster, Wisconsin  Founded on the belief that therapeutic environments were as important as the therapy received within them, two adventurous souls embarked on a now forty year journey to make the world a better place. Northwest Passage opened its doors on 40 acres along the scenic banks of the Clam River.

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Northwest Passage in the Press

2018 WPR Interview, Under the Surface https://www.wpr.org/underwater-photography-program-aims-help-teens-overcome-mental-health-challenges

2018 WPR Report, Sea Grant https://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-sea-grant-awards-2-8m-great-lakes-research-outreach-projects

2017 Under the Surface in St. Croix Valley https://www.stcroix360.com/2017/09/under-the-surface-revealing-the-unseen-side-of-the-st-croix/

2017 NATSAP Celebrates Under the Surface  http://natsap.org/pdf_files/newsletters/WeAreNATSAP_JAN17.pdf

2017 State Draws Attention to Passage https://burnett.uwex.edu/files/2018/01/LakeLines-Fall-2017-color.pdf 

2017 Artist in Residence – Water Heals http://www.c21sandcounty.com/blog/saved-by-wild-water/

2016 Seagrant Article http://seagrant.wisc.edu/Home/AboutUsSection/PressRoom/Details.aspx?PostID=2450

2016 Apostle Islands Article http://www.owuscholarship.org/blog/2016/08/wisconsin-saint-croix-river-national-scenic-riverway-apostle-islands-national-lakeshore/

2016 Under the Surface Update http://nwpltd.org/ianl-001/

2016 Dry Tortugas Summary http://nwpltd.org/dry-tortugas-01/

2016 Prairieview Under the Surface Update http://nwpltd.org/prairieview-029/

2016 Gitchi Gumee http://nwpltd.org/gitchi-gumee/

2016 Sea Grant Announcement http://www.seagrant.wisc.edu/Home/AboutUsSection/PressRoom/Details.aspx?PostID=2275 & http://www.fox21online.com/news/local-news/39m-awarded-to-fund-great-lakes-research/38125352

2015 Toben Article http://www.agatemag.com/2016/02/diary-of-an-aquatic-scientist/

2015 Women of the Valley (Underwater) http://nwpltd.org/prairieview-011/

2015 Women of the Valley (mucking) http://nwpltd.org/prairieview-005/

2015 Prairieview Underwater http://nwpltd.org/underwater-photographys-second-year-is-up-and-running/

2015 Under the Surface Article http://dnr.wi.gov/wnrmag/2015/04/hope.htm

2015 Under the Surface at Cable Natural History Museum http://nwpltd.org/prairieview-009/

2015 WI Lakes Convention Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUMyVTqdfUg

2015 WI Lakes Award http://nwpltd.org/our-kids-win-a-stewardship-award/

Article by Lauralee Alban  http://blog.seachangedesign.com/whats-at-risk-part-3-in-a-new-light/

Sachi Cuningham’s visit http://nwpltd.org/artist-in-residence-sachi-cunningham-01/

2016 Prairieview Apostle Islands Trip http://nwpltd.org/prairieview-underwater-01/

stcroix360.com

http://www.stcroix360.com/2016/06/young-photographers-go-back-underwater/

http://www.stcroix360.com/2016/06/friday-lake-lovers-conference-comes-to-spooner/

http://www.stcroix360.com/2015/11/watch-troubled-teens-deeply-affected-by-the-st-croix-and-namekagon-rivers/

http://www.stcroix360.com/2015/05/exhibit-of-underwater-photography-from-st-croix-river-on-display/

http://www.stcroix360.com/2015/05/exhibit-of-underwater-photography-from-st-croix-river-on-display/

http://www.stcroix360.com/2014/10/watch-young-photographers-take-their-cameras-underwater/

In Northwest Passage’s Own Words

http://nwpltd.org/girls-002/

http://nwpltd.org/passage-girls-000/

http://nwpltd.org/safety-first/

http://nwpltd.org/underwater-week-3/

Main Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvVTENjEdqQ

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Complete Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0jvEeC_QhQa4UHObtO_ozvKFCck0catc

In a New Light in the Press

2014 Troubled teens find a ‘new light’ with nature photography http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/troubled-teens-find-new-light-nature-photography/

2014 WCCO Family Struggles With Complex System Of Autism Care http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/11/05/family-struggles-with-complex-system-of-autism-care/

2014 NW Passage Receives Grant

2012 St. Paul Pioneer Press Getting the picture [LINK TO PDF FILE]

2013 Inter-county Leader Cameras meet counseling and a huge ski race at a unique local art premier

2013 Spooner Advocate New light movement grows to book

2010 Superior Telegram Nature photography helps troubled teens http://www.superiortelegram.com/content/nature-photography-helps-troubled-teens

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NORTHWEST PASSAGE BRANDING GOODS

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