Nature Therapy is an innovative approach based on the direct and creative dialogues humans have with nature. For the first time in the English language, this book presents the theory behind the approach along with detailed guidelines for using it with children who have experienced stress or trauma. The authors explain how nature-based activities ranging from tree planting to making feeding stations for birds can be used therapeutically in conjunction with storytelling and other expressive arts therapies with children who have experienced large-scale crises such as wars, terrorism and natural or man-made disasters, as well as more common causes of stress such as the divorce of parents, moving home, the illness of a loved one and bullying. A 12-session programme designed to strengthen coping and resilience is then described, and the authors explain how it can be used in the prevention and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. The book also includes an evocative colour storybook for use within this programme.
The original, evidence-based approach described in this book will be of interest to all those working therapeutically or creatively with children who have experienced stress or trauma, including arts therapists, teachers, psychologists and counsellors.
Acknowledgements.; 1. "A Safe Place". Introduction. "A Safe Place" - Historical Background. The Research Proves: Widely Acclaimed Success.; 2. Post-trauma and the Traumatic Experience. Definitions, Differences and Methods of Coping. Post-trauma and the Traumatic Experience. The Diagnostic Criteria of Post-trauma. Expected Reactions After Trauma and Extended Pressure States. The Severity and Uniqueness of the Traumatic Reaction. Trauma as a Social-communal Phenomenon. Psychological Treatment of PTSD.; 3. Resilience and Coping Resources. What is Resilience? Do Modern Life and the Israeli Educational System Limit Resilience? The Development of Resilience in Children. Fantastic Reality. The Healing Metaphor. The Importance of Play in Children's Recovery.; 4. Nature Therapy - Theoretical and Practical Framework. The Historical Context of Nature Therapy: Why Now? Nature Therapy - An Applied Theoretical Framework. Selected Theoretical Terms. Nature as a Therapeutic Environment. The Therapeutic Triangle: Client-Therapist Nature. Choosing the Space. Rituals, Rituals and More Rituals. Four Applied Models. Challenge in Nature. Art in Nature. At Home in Nature. Nature Conservation Therapy.; 5. The Protocol - A Practical Guide. General Information. Suggested Contract. Description of Sessions.; Session 1: Trees Also Have a Safe Place.; Session 2: Finding a Safe Place and Becoming Guardians of the Forest.; Session 3: Choosing a Safe Place in Nature.; Session 4: Building a Safe Place (A Home in Nature).; Session 6: The "Big Bash" - Campsite Cooking.; Session 7: Treasure Hunt.; Session 8: Making Flags and Preparing to March.; Session 9: Hosting Another Class in the "Safe Space".; Session 10: Helping Nature - Preparing for "Graduation".; Session 11: Closure (Planting, Feeding Stations, Nature Corner).; Session 12: Farewell to the Space in Nature and to the Group Leader. Recommendations for Continuing Activities after the Program. More Tree Activities. Activities (Exercises in the Spirit of Far Eastern Martial Arts). Rainy Day Activities. Adapting the Programme to Kindergartens. Appendices.; Appendix 1: Guidelines for Preparing Feeding Stations.; Appendix 2: Preparing a Peanut Role.; Appendix 3: Other Types of Feeding Stations. Bibliography. Index.