An introduction to outdoor therapy
This course will be a combination of individual and group work, with time for quiet contemplation, journalling prompts, exploring the use of metaphors and to see how we - as practitioners - relate to the landscape, ways we can offer this to our clients and how this can translate to effective, competent therapeutic work.
Duration: 4 hours
Location: Pollok Country Park, Glasgow
Dates: July 11th (provisional)
Participants: 6 maximum
Cost: £80 (Introductory offer, as this is a new course).
The course will cover:
- ethical considerations
- risk assessment
- route planning
- how to conduct an outdoor therapy session
- opening and closing of an outdoor therapy session
- how to hold space outdoors
- working outdoors vs. working in controlled environments
We will also look at appropriate techniques, tools and how to help the client utilise the environment to facilitate impactful, meaningful and lasting change.
Who is this course for?
Anyone with an interest in working therapeutically outdoors or anyone with a general interest in the outdoors and they would like to explore this further.
Counsellors, holistic therapists, mental health practitioners, psychotherapists, social workers, therapists and anyone working with clients in a helping role who might want to introduce an outdoor element.
My aim is to run this course a minimum of once per season, as the changing of the seasons and the rhythms of nature are important aspects of working outdoors and can offer both client and therapist varied conditions and experiences.
Hosted by Sean Tierney
I am an experienced counsellor with a passion for anything 'outdoorsy'. At the beginning of my counselling training I wanted to integrate this passion and connection in to my work and have developed a range of skills, tools and techniques working with clients since 2017 in an outdoor setting.