The Nature Connection has been utilizing nature in a therapeutic way to improve the individual and social wellbeing for all ages, abilities and backgrounds for 39 years. Join us and learn how you too can incorporate the therapeutic use of nature into work with any population to help create connections, provide meaningful engagement, and improve wellbeing. We’ll explore the field of nature therapy – from green therapy to ecopsychology, practice techniques for initiating person-centered engagement through the use of nature, and discuss best practices for working with nature in settings with safety, health, and behavioral concerns.
Date & Time: Tuesday, May 17th, 9am -12:30pm online via Zoom
During this training, participants will:
- Take a look at some specific studies done that show the benefits of utilizing nature (not only on participants/residents, but also on staff and family members)
- Discuss a variety of ways to incorporate, taking into consideration limiting variables (cost, time, staff) with tangible, take away ideas, inspiration, techniques, and how to’s for some of our best nature-based activities
- Work with trainers to develop and troubleshoot an activity specifically for their facility that they can take back with them
*This program has been submitted for 3 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure.
Presented by: Taylor Eagan, Program Director, The Nature Connection
Taylor has 10 years of experience in the field of environmental education and animal welfare. Her work at the Nature Connection has been in the therapeutic use of nature for youth at-risk, individuals with disabilities, and elders with dementia/Alzheimer’s: adapting traditional environmental education for accessibility, presenting and overseeing nature-based therapeutic programming.