This course is for arts therapists, psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, educators, counsellors and others who wish work with nature in the consulting room and to move their practice out-of-doors. The series of one day workshops will introduce the ideas and practice of working therapeutically in nature. It will consist of experiential exercises and reflective time to deepen knowledge and skills in this area of psychotherapeutic practice.
Beginning in the studio, we will explore practical and ethical boundaries of an outdoor arts psychotherapy practice – discussing the challenges and benefits of moving outdoors, for us and our clients. We will look at ways in which nature and natural cycles can come into the therapeutic space and relationship in the consulting room. The sessions will then move outdoors working in nature and will be informed by the practice of environmental arts therapy.
The course is based at the London Art therapy centre and takes place at the centre in Kings Cross, in local parks, Highgate woods and on Hampstead Heath.
Gary Nash Dip AT; MA. EAT Cert. Course Leader.
Gary is an art psychotherapist with over twenty years’ experience in adult mental health and private practice. He runs a fortnightly environmental arts therapy group in London.
Vanessa Jones Dip. AT; EAT Cert. Course facilitator.
Vanessa is an art therapist and trained MBCT mindfulness teacher who has over sixteen years of art therapy experience working mainly in adult mental health. She is a AATt registered private practitioner, working outdoors in nature as an art therapist within her private practice and the NHS since 2010.