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Nature Based Psychotherapy
Moving your practice into natural settings
5 day CPD Training
29 September – 27 October 2014
The Centre for Emotional Health/Wild in the City! are pleased to announce a series of 5 one day CPD workshops on nature based psychotherapy, aimed at qualified psychotherapists/counsellors and those in training who are considering taking their practice outside.
This training is immersive and will be held in natural settings throughout south London.
The training incorporates the development of our own awareness and connection to nature, anthropological perspectives on the role of nature in our lives, an exploration of emerging theory in the practice of nature based therapy, therapeutic process and practicalities in nature based therapy, boundaries and risks, the use of metaphor and symbolism, experiential learning and the development of practical nature based skills.
The course will be taught through experiential learning, discussion, seminars, case studies, and skills practice.
Course members will be expected to be active participants, willing to work individually, in pairs and as a group. All days will take place in outdoor settings. Please wear clothing appropriate to the weather.
The course will be held between 10am - 5pm on Mondays from 29 September to 30 October 2014. Places for each day are limited to 10. Attendance is subject to an informal interview (by phone) with regard to your training and interests.
The course will be held across three sites in south London, giving experience of different habitats in woodland and park settings; Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, SE24; Sydenham Hill Woods, SE26, and South Norwood Country Park (SE25). All sites are easily accessible using public transport.
The training will be led by Beth Collier, (MBACP) who is a Nature based Psychotherapist using London's parks and woodlands as therapeutic spaces. Beth founded Wild in the City! in 2013 as a therapeutic organisation supporting emotional well-being through connection to nature.
The training can be taken as stand alone days or booked as a series, with 6 cpd hours for each day. The investment for the course is £110 per day, £300 for three or £500 for all five in series.
To book please contact Beth Collier;
Tel: 07906 832 952
Day 1 - Nature and Well-being – Moving therapy outside – 29 September (SE24)
Will explore nature and well being, asking why go outside? We will reflect on our own relationship to nature and develop our awareness of the natural world through experiential work. We will consider how working outdoors will be different to working inside and the impact on boundaries, process and practicalities. The day will include discussion, seminars, case studies, experiential learning and the opportunity to practice therapy outdoors.
Day 2 – Natural navigation – Deepening our connection - 6 October (SE24)
Will be an introduction to natural navigation and an exploration of how it can be incorporated into practice to ground therapist and client emotionally and geographically. We will learn natural signs for direction in celestial sphere, plants, animals and the elements and explore how these can guide us in developing an embodied sense of time, direction and place. The day will include discussion, seminars, case studies, experiential learning and the opportunity to practice therapy outdoors.
Day 3 – Emerging theory in Nature Based Psychotherapy - 13 October (SE26)
We will explore emerging theory and frame guiding practice in the outdoors, including person centred use of space, Metaphor and symbolism, Maslow's hierachy of needs, Attachment theory and anthropological perspectives on the natural world and our connection to it, including our own myths and rituals associated with nature. The day will include discussion, seminars, case studies, experiential learning and the opportunity to practice therapy outdoors.
Day 4 – Nature based skills/Bushcraft – 20 October (SE26)
We will be an introduction to nature based skills including an understanding of the psychological differences between 'bushcraft' and 'survival' and how these insights can be brought into nature based work, trauma and survival psychology, fire lighting, safe knife use, water purification, shelter building and cordage making. The day will include discussion, demonstration, seminars, experiential learning and physical tasks.
Day 5 – Working therapeutically with children in nature - 27 October (SE25)
We will explore the role of nature in children's lives today including barriers to access. We will explore theoretical models for working with children outdoors. We will explore ways of engaging children in therapeutic nature based activities. The day will include discussion, seminars, case studies, experiential learning and the opportunity to practice therapy outdoors.