Have you always had a strong sense of being drawn to the wild for healing and rejuvenation, and wondered about how you can integrate that knowing into your work with clients? Have you always wanted to take your therapeutic practice into the outdoors, but not felt the confidence or background to do so? Then this is the course for you!
Join us as we delve into the exciting and nourishing field of nature-based therapy. Our hope is to inspire more practitioners to bring their own deep-felt connection with the natural world into their helping work in an experiential, integrated, and embodied way. If you work with adults, kids, families or groups…this practice will enliven and inspire you. Participants have been invigorated by the opportunity to share their passion with like-minded practitioners from across Canada (and the world) as we engage in rich discussions, and build the growing community of nature-based practitioners.
This training provides an overview of the theory and practical applications behind our work in Nature-based Therapy (drawing from our experience working with hundreds of individuals and families over the last 12 years).
The training includes:
- Pre-course material (video, articles, and preparatory nature-based practices)
- 2 days of teaching (focusing on theory overview and discussion/reflection)
- Land-based invitations that students are expected to practice between day 2 and 3 of the course (one week to get out on the land in your own community to feel the work experientially)
- Final course day is centered around debriefing the experientially, practicing NBT skills, and addressing logistical and practical questions about how to apply these principles in your clinical work.
- Foundational theories that underlie nature-based therapy
- Practitioners relationship with nature
- Nature as co-therapist
- How to do an ecological-identity assessment, and match interventions to client needs
- Risk, play and adventure
- Ethical and cultural considerations
- Bonding and Belonging; working with family systems
- Experiential activities that you can apply to your practice right away
- Logistical considerations of nature-based therapy practice
It is recommended but not required that participants have some training in therapeutic disciplines:
- Phd or PsyD in Clinical Psychology or equivalent
- MA in Counselling Psychology, Social Work, Child and Youth Care
- BA in Social Work or Child and Youth Care
- Diploma in child and family studies
- Education with children or youth in the outdoors
- Student in these disciplines
What participants have said:
“Your theoretical orientation and the language you chose to talk about your work resonates deeply with me and has provided the solid ground I needed to trust my own intuition and creativity and start taking therapy outside. I will be forever grateful. ” – 2021
“I found the playful activities lively and good models of some of the concepts presented upon. The course flow was of a great pace and I felt both Dave and Katy did a wonderful job navigating Zoom and utilizing it’s capabilities. The training was a lovely complement to reading the nature-based therapy book.” – training participant 2020
DatesOctober 14th, 15th, and 22nd
Times1pm - 4:30pm
LocationThe comfort of your own home, on Zoom, and in the nearby nature you have easy access to.
Fees$300 plus GST. There is a reduced student rate of $200.
Let us know what you need by emailing: [email protected].