Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku) in Clinical Practice

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  • Media Time: 65 Minutes
This course will introduce the practice of Shinrin-Yoku (forest bathing or forest therapy), briefly review the research and benefits, describe the key components of forest bathing, and introduce clinical applications for general and specific presenting issues.

Through videos and guided practices, you'll be able to experience forest bathing invitations that are adapted for clinical settings.

Upon course completion you have the effective and accessible tools, skills, and resources to include forest bathing practice and principles into your practice right away for both indoor and outdoor settings. 

Learning
Objectives

  1. Define 'Shinrin-Yoku' and recognize the practice's history.
  2. Explain the physical and mental health benefits of Shinrin-Yoku.
  3. Define 'phytoncides' and identify how it relates to Shinrin-Yoku and mental health.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of conceptual frameworks regarding Shinrin-Yoku.
  5. Summarize practices in clinical applications such as silence and disconnection, threshold crossing, sensory awakening/embodiment, reciprocal engagement, etc.
  6. Identify specific interventions to use in Shinrin-Yoku.

Juniper Owens

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

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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.
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