An introduction to outdoor therapy - online workshop
I had developed this as an in-person workshop but, due to the restrictions in place, I have been working hard behind the scenes to make an accessible online version. This will be the fourth time I have run it online. It has been fully booked and well-received on each occasion.
The workshop 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.
The course will be a combination of individual and group work. There will be time for quiet contemplation, journaling 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.
Who is this workshop for?
Anyone with an interest in working therapeutically outdoors or anyone with a general interest in the outdoors and would like to explore this further. And/or 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 workshop 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.
Feedback from previous participants:
A wonderful experience. Passionate, engaging, warm. I had such a great time and feel like it's expanded my horizons!
Such a great workshop! I feel invigorated, excited, inspired and supported and now feel ready to take my practice outdoors!
Great value workshop. Interesting, useful and delivered with genuine enthusiasm. Excellent.
I found the workshop really illuminating and Sean's facilitation was generous, engaging and warm. I would highly recommend this is you are thinking of diversifying your practice.
Practical, informative and reflective. Also, it was a lot of fun! I thought taking my practice outdoors would be really complicated and tricky, but Sean's supportive and encouraging workshop has had a big impact on me! I feel ready and capable to take those steps.
Interested? Contact me for further information or to book.
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.