Taking Therapy Outside
Understanding Therapeutic Practice in Outdoor Natural Spaces
A short residential course for those wanting to get started outdoors
Psychotherapeutic Practice in Outdoor Natural Spaces
In 2012 Martin Jordan and I developed this extended weekend course for therapy professionals wanting to explore moving their work out of the therapy room into natural settings. This was based on our own experiences of taking our work outside, our peer supervision sessions, and our joint writing. Martin's subsequent Phd and wonderful book - 'Nature & Therapy' - were also instrumental in the development of our course.
We originally worked from Powder Mill Woods in East Sussex and then introduced Shining Cliff Woods as our second venue in the North. Both of these very different but stunning settings influenced how we thought about and facilitated the course, the landscapes offering their significant formative presence in the educational process.
Since Martin's sad and untimely death in 2017 this very successful and popular course has continued on, firstly with the expert co-facilitation skills and input of Bille Riley, and now facilitated solo by me, based at Shining Cliff Woodland.
The aim of this popular residential extended weekend course (entering it's 11th year in 2022) has always been to offer practitioners a stepping stone between the therapy room and working outside. There is much to explore and think about as we incorporate the sometimes unpredictable outdoor elements into our work. Many practitioners find the support of the group and the teaching input invaluable in developing their own outdoor therapeutic rationale and way of working.
Over the four days we explore many aspects of working outdoors including thinking about the outdoor therapeutic frame, working with metaphor and embodiment, developing creative approaches, and plenty of time given to skills development and the experience of being an outdoor client.
The course is suitable for both qualified and student therapy professionals such as counsellors, psychotherapists, art therapists, psychologists who want to explore the potential for their practice in working in this way.
Shining Cliff Woods, Ambergate, Derbyshire
19th-22nd May or 21st - 24th July or 13th-16th Oct 2022
Maximum 12 participants
Facilitated by Hayley Marshall
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