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Ecotherapy- Short Course
Ecotherapy- 20 hour course
Ecotherapy, also known as nature therapy, is a very real treatment which is gaining increasing use in mainstream health care.
Modern research has shown that health can be enhanced, and healing hastened through engagement with nature. Examples of ecotherapy can include structured activities such as horticultural therapy, pet therapy, forest bathing, swimming with dolphins or outdoor painting or yoga classes.
Academic research from around the world has revealed some remarkable facts about how simply being in a natural setting can have a huge impact on health. We know for a fact that hospital stays can be shortened, and recovery from illness hastened by providing views from a bed into a park or garden.
This course helps you to understand how interacting with nature can benefit human health and wellbeing; and gives you a wide range of different types of ecotherapeutic activities you can draw upon in order to respond to a person’s therapeutic needs. You will develop a fundamental understanding of ecotherapy and forge a foundation to continue developing your knowledge and understanding of the subject post study.
This course has very real value for anyone working in the field of health whether professionally or as support for a family member or friend.
What's covered in the course?
Lesson 1. Nature & Scope of Ecotherapy
What is Ecotherapy
Need for Mental Health Interventions
General Benefits of Nature on Wellbeing
Nature in Towns and Cities
Lesson 2. Theoretical Perspectives
Problems Associated with Built Environments
Nature & Mental Health Research
Is Direct Contact with Nature Necessary?
Lesson 3. Clients in Ecotherapy
Psychological Wellbeing Benefits to Clients
Physical Benefits to Clients
Barriers to Getting Involved in Ecotherapy
Psychological Issues -Biophobia, Agoriphobia, Autism
Physical Issues -Mobility, Sensory Deficits
Safe Practices – Hazards, Risks, Allergies, First Aid, Legalities, Insurance, Ethics
Lesson 4. Outdoor Ecotherapy with Plants
Activities with Plants
Grow Your Own Food
Green Exercise, Green Gyms
Psychological Ecotherapy Activity – Fascination Therapy, Nature Meditation, Forest Bathing, Horticultural Therapy, etc
Using the Senses – Taste, Sound, Smell. Touch, Sight
Lesson 5. Outdoor Ecotherapy with Animals
Ecotherapy with Animals
Interacting with Wildlife
Using the Senses
Lesson 6. Indoor Ecotherapy Activities
Electronically Engaging with Nature
Growing plants Indoors
Arts and Crafts
Indoor Pets/ Animals
Lesson 7. Creative Arts Ecotherapy Activities
Lesson 8. Complimentary Therapies and Activities
Counselling in Nature
Our Connection with Nature
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Ecotherapy- Short Course