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Nature-Based Therapy: A Practitioner's Guide to Working Outdoors with Children, Youth, and Families

Nature-Based Therapy: A Practitioner's Guide to Working Outdoors with Children, Youth, and Families


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ISBN-13: 9780865719132
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 462,749
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dr. Nevin J. Harper is an Associate Professor at the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. He is the founder of the Canadian Adventure Therapy Symposium, a founding board member of the Child & Nature Alliance of Canada, and his career has included stretches as a youth counselor, outdoor skills instructor, shepherd, and wilderness guide. Nevin has an active research agenda examining human-environmental interactions, primarily through the practices of adventure therapy, wilderness therapy, and nature-based approaches to healing and wellbeing. He lives on Vancouver Island, Canada.

Kathryn Rose has been discovering the joys of experiential and nature-based approaches to working with children, youth, and families for the promotion of healing and growth for over 10 years. Katy holds a deep trust in the healing power of connection with the non-human natural world and believes that individuals are born with an innate drive and capacity towards wholeness and health. Katy completed a Master's degree in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology, with a specialization in Wilderness Therapy, from Naropa University in Colorado and is registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She lives in Victoria, Canada.

David Segal has been involved in providing therapeutic nature-based counselling for children, youth, and families for over 15 years. He is deeply passionate about the natural world and how human-nature relationships influence our collective and individual well-being. He offers presentations and workshops on cultivating health through contact with nature and has been contributing to the emerging field of eco-therapy through his work as a clinical counsellor serving youth and families in the Greater Victoria area. He completed a Master's degree in Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria and is registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. David has published articles in ecopsychology and counseling journals. He lives in Victoria, Canada.

Table of Contents

Part One: An Emerging Yet Ancient Practice

Chapter 1. Introduction
a. Nature-based reconnection work on traditional territories b. Cross-cultural roots of nature-connection & ecopsychology c. Eco/nature/adventure/wilderness therapy--the spectrum of practices d. Our theoretical orientation and its relation to conventional counseling i. Play - action-centered and experiential learning ii. Nature as co-therapist iii. Bonding and belonging: repairing attachment injuries iv. Strengthening the alternate story

Chapter 2. Why Nature and Therapy for Children and Families?
a. societal trends of displacement & mobility b. urbanization & technification c. resultant family trends/crises

Chapter 3.Nature & Healthy Child Development
a. Risk and the anti-phobic response b. Play, experiential learning and associated benefits c. Social and physiological benefits of contact with nature

Chapter 4. How to Use this Book
a. Why a practitioner's guide b. Assumptions about readers (skills, knowledge, scope of practice…)
c. Chapter outlines and how to use this book

Part Two: Theoretical Support

Chapter 5. Making the Choice to Take Therapy Outside
a. Who thrives outside i. client motivation ii. client goals iii. client history with mental health services b. Ecological assessment c. Environmental considerations i. matching context to presenting needs ii. weather iii. motivating terrain iv. privacy and a sense of wildness

Chapter 6. Neurobiology and Regulation (Sample chapter submitted herein)
a. Reacquainting with our mammalian nervous system b. Polyvagal and regulation c. The healing state of play d. How play comes alive in nature

Chapter 7. Nature as Co-therapist for Child Well-being
a. Mirror and Metaphor b. Resourcing c. Outer landscape/inner landscape i. sensory awareness ii. somatics

Chapter 8. Discovering the Alternate Story
a. Strengths based and client focused i. following the child's interest and passions ii. motivating species iii. exploring skills b. Externalizing problems - how nature helps to externalize and embody c. Normalizing change and chaos - a natural process d. Witnessing exceptions - seeing family members in different lights e. Ritual and ceremony

Chapter 9. Bonding and Belonging:
a. Core attachment wound of separation from nature i. Family & relational approach ii. Healing attachment injuries between clients and their families iii. Healing attachment injuries between clients and their 'mother'

Part Three: Developing your Nature-based Therapy Practice

Chapter 10. Group work Applications - How to Set Up a Successful Nature-based Therapy Group
a. Experiential Learning models b. Facilitation skills c. Practice models with resources

Case stories from Practice
a. Anxiety b. ADHD
c. Social emotional learning d. Grief and loss

Chapter 11. Ethics and Practice
a. Logistics of taking clients outside the office b. Training and competency c. When is it not appropriate to take clients outside

Chapter 11. Resources and Practice Options
a. Associations, conferences, websites & materials (TAPG, Ecopsychology, IATC…)
b. Models of practice c. Alternative approaches

a. Favorite activities b. Further reading & resources c. Forms d. Skills to cultivate

About the Authors
A Note about the Publisher