This course is for arts therapists, psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, educators, counsellors and others who wish to 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.
The theory workshop 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 relationships in the consulting room.
The sessions will then move outdoors working in nature and will be informed by the practice of Environmental arts therapy. Through practical and interpersonal
experience, it aims to enhance and develop the skills of the student and to introduce them to taking their therapeutic practice outdoors.
The Introduction to Environmental arts therapy takes place in different locations. Session one is a lecture and theory workshop which will be held online, followed by three one-day workshops held at Highgate woods, London N6.
This course is provided in partnership with Environmental Arts Therapy UK who have validated this course and approved the course content and structure.
Who can apply?
This course is being offered to trainee and qualified practitioners in psychotherapy, counselling, clinical psychology and the arts therapies (art, drama, music, dance/movement and integrative). It is suitable for those who wish to enhance and extend their existing practice by developing their skills and knowledge around working with nature, natural cycles and working outdoors. It is not a standalone course qualifying you to work therapeutically with clients if you do not have a previous therapy training.
Vanessa Jones, Dip. AT MAAT, EAT Cert, Trained MBCT Mindfulness Teacher, is a BAAT registered private practitioner working outdoors in nature as an art therapist within her private practice and the NHS since 2010.
Gary Nash, Dip. AT MAAT, EAT Cert, has over twenty years of art therapy experience working in adult mental health, the voluntary sector, learning disabilities services & mainstream education. He is a BAAT registered Supervisor and Registered private practitioner.