Collaborations with the Natural World:
Nature-based interventions for working with trauma & nervous system regulation in educational and counseling settings
A Prescott College Intensive for Master's students in
Counseling Psychology and Education
Coming April 2018 near Prescott, AZ!
April 8-11, 2018
Participants of therapeutic and educational programs often arrive with a history of trauma, and staff are commonly inadequately educated and equipped to identify and work with these issues. For many people, cultivating relationship with the natural world can be a healing, grounding resource both in the moment as well as long-term in stress management and trauma recovery.
This 4-day, residential, nature-based experiential intensive will focus on the basic theoretical underpinnings of trauma as well as nature and mindfulness-based interventions for managing stress and trauma symptoms that may arise within counseling and educational programming. Through a combination of didactic and experiential methods, we will explore interventions for dealing with anxiety and nervous-system dysregulation, as well as an understanding of how these interventions support longer-term trauma resolution. Participants will have the opportunity to deepen their own relationship with the natural world and will be empowered to draw upon this connection to inform their work with others.
Through lecture, discussion, and experiential opportunities, participants will:
- Gain an understanding of the basic neurophysiology of stress and trauma;
- Be able to identify stress & trauma responses;
- Learn and experience a plethora of Nature-based interventions that support grounding, anxiety management and nervous system regulation;
- Learn how to create and assess appropriate nature-based interventions given participant symptoms as well as the context of the program one is working within;
- Understand the role of Mindfulness and Body-mind connection in the facilitation of nature-based interventions;
- Explore the practices of: Sensory awareness, direct relationship with the natural world, metaphor, expressive as well as contemplative interventions within Nature;
- Deepen their own relationship to nature, as a foundation for providing nature-based interventions for others.
Next Steps & Details At-A-Glance
Registration: This course will be limited to twenty participants. Be sure to save your spot by registering. Details on registration coming soon.
Who: Prescott College Master's students in the Counseling Psychology and Education
When: April 8-11, 2018
Where: In the foothills outside of Prescott. We hope to hold this course (as we did last time) at Juniper Well Ranch is located 12 miles West of downtown Prescott, AZ on forty acres of land and surrounded by national forest. Learn more about the ranch here.
Why: Equip yourself to support your clients and students with histories of trauma, and expand your repertoire of nature-based interventions. Additionally, this intensive counts as one of the two required experiential intensives students concentrating in Adventure Therapy or Ecopsychology.
Cost: $500 includes camping, all meals and snacks, and instruction. There will some access to toilets and showers. For an additional $150, students may elect to stay in cabins, which are equipped with own toilets and showers. To explore the cabins, click here.
For more info: If you have questions about course content, you may contact Katie Asmus at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-881-8802. If you have questions about course logistics, you may contact Kris Abrams at email@example.com or 303-518-3755.
Katie Asmus, MA, LPC, BMP
Founder of Namaste Healing Arts, Katie practices as a somatic and wilderness psychotherapist, life coach, educator, mentor, workshop facilitator and wilderness quest guide. Katie provides nature-based and somatic trainings internationally, and teaches students at Prescott College and Naropa University’s Wilderness and Somatic Counseling programs. She is constantly in awe of the strength, creativity and resiliency of the human spirit and the inherent wisdom of our body-minds.
Kris Abrams, MA, MS
Kris practices nature-based psychotherapy and shamanic healing with Cedar Tree Healing Arts. A Rhodes scholar, she holds a Master’s of Philosophy in Social History from Oxford University, and a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Prescott College. Kris believes that all of us can live lives of authenticity, meaning, connection and joy, and that nature can be a powerful ally in helping us do so.