Healing Trauma With Ecotherapy Practices

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  • 60 Minutes
  • Juniper Owens, Holden Dillman
This webinar was recorded for the 2nd International Forest Therapy and Wellbeing Summit, hosted by the Forest Therapy Institute, in 2020. Juniper and Holden explore how ecotherapy and nature-based healing modalities can serve to understand, treat, and heal wounds of trauma.

Discuss the basics of ecotherapy and trauma, introduce models of trauma appropriate for ecotherapy interventions, and learn practices and techniques that are specifically designed to assist in trauma work.

Learning
Objectives

  1. Define 'trauma' and its subsections.
  2. Explain the multi-level impacts of trauma i.e. physical, community, earth.
  3. Describe various practices to utilize within an ecotherapy session.
  4. Define the 'LALA' method.
  5. Understand how ecotherapy practices can be beneficial when working with trauma.
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Juniper Owens

LCSW, CPT, LMT, IMHP
Co-Founder, Director, and Social Worker

Juniper has an extensive background in holistic health and wellness as a licensed massage therapist and personal trainer. During her basic herbalist training at the Australasian College of Health Sciences, they received education on essential oils, herbs, advanced anatomy and physiology classes, and holistic stress management treatment.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Juniper has used the Academy's 3-Core Integrative approach for years, specializing in the treatment of anxiety and chronic stress. Juniper is greatly passionate about environmental justice and nature connection; she is a certified ecotherapist, Yasei Shinrin Yoku guide, and nature connection guide. Additionally, they are a Work That Reconnects facilitator and a Wild Mind apprentice at the Animas Valley Institute.

Holden Dillman

CSW, CYT-200
Social Worker and Yoga Instructor

Holden holds an MS in Social Work from the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville and a BA in Sustainable Community Development from Berea College. Holden finds deep joy in serving as a trauma-sensitive yoga and meditation instructor and social worker. With an academic background rooted in understanding how human behavior is affected by various environments and systems, Holden is committed to supporting others as they tend to their relationship with themselves, others around them, and their environment. Their approach to this work is grounded in trauma-sensitive mindfulness, body-centered healing, and neuropsychology. Holden is committed to holding space for collective liberation of the mind, body, and soul in radical community.
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