Live Online Workshop: Nature is Nurture: Counseling and the Natural World - Thursday, July 2, 2020

Live Online Workshop: Nature is Nurture: Counseling and the Natural World - Thursday, July 2, 2020
This online workshop will be conducted live through a virtual platform called Zoom. E-mail instructions will be sent out closer to the date with how to access the program.

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Workshop Description

Humans have long interacted with the natural world, from foraging and hunting for food to more recently, finding solace and peace in a beautiful vista. Our connection to nature runs deep in our DNA, yet our modern world has humans indoors almost 93% of the day. There is growing evidence that being in nature provides a healing elixir for physical and mental ailments. Ecotherapy, a growing but lesser known construct in mental health, describes the reciprocal relationship humans have with nature and the capacity of that relationship to build strength and provide healing. This presentation provides an overview of the theoretical constructs of Ecotherapy with historical considerations and recent research discussed. Perspectives and reflections will be offered through the presenter’s own experience as a former wilderness therapist and current Ecotherapist/Counselor Educator. Examples of practical ways to incorporate Ecotherapy with children and adults, within school settings, in group work and with veteran populations will be provided. Descriptions of other Ecotherapy modalities will also be included, such as animal-assisted, equine, horticultural, forest bathing, green exercise and adventure based therapy. To bring the content to life, the presenter will add case examples, reflections and experiences with nature as a partner in the therapeutic relationship.

CE Hours: 2
Date: Thursday, July 2, 2020
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Presenter: Megan Delaney, PhD, LPC

Learning Objectives
Following this presentation, participants will have learned and/or be able to:
  1. Introduce the connection of nature to mental health with a comprehensive overview of the current research conducted on the connections between mental and physical health and the natural world. Provide the evidenced based connection to the participants regarding the benefits and therapeutic power of nature and at least ten resources for readers to obtain additional information and resources from reliable sources;
  2. Provide an overview of theoretical concepts of Ecotherapy from the current literature and how it relates to individual, group and school counseling in diverse populations. Participants will be able to define five major tenets of the theory of Ecotherapy;
  3. Outline and describe at least five specific Ecotherapy techniques to use with each client-type and counseling medium (such as individual work, work with children, group work, school counseling) including examples and case conceptualizations Ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender, ability and age considerations will be considered throughout the presentation.
Presenter Information:
Dr. Megan Delaney has a PhD in Counseling and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Professional Counseling at Monmouth University. Her research explores the influence of the natural world on our mental health and the use of Ecotherapy in clinical practice. Trained in outdoor education through the National Outdoor Leadership School, Dr. Delaney spent several years as a wilderness instructor with troubled teens. Today she infuses Ecotherapy in her private practice and in her classroom. Dr. Delaney’s book, Nature is Nurture: Counseling and the Natural World is published via Oxford University Press. Dr. Delaney’s website is www.megandelaneyphd.com.

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