Championing the therapeutic power of nature, this book explores why outdoor play therapy offers children more than being confined to a playroom and how practice can be moved into the natural environment in a safe and ethical way.
By using outdoor environments, the traditional dyadic relationship between the therapist and the child becomes a triadic one in which the therapeutic process is enhanced and the environment for the play therapy is shared and therefore more 'democratic'. The child can develop a lifelong therapeutic attachment to the 'nature mother' which supports the development of the body self and a growing recognition of our interdependence with nature. The author explores how this is achievable in practice and the benefits to children with a wide range of needs including profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), complex social, emotional and behavioural problems (SEBD) and attachment issues.
Synthesising traditions of using outdoor spaces in a therapeutic context with approaches from educational perspectives, this book offers a theoretically-sound and practical framework for taking play therapy into natural environments.
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
This book makes a wonderful contribution to the field of play therapy. Presenting relevant theory with examples from practice it offers practitioners concepts and tools that can help them "open the doors", "go out", play and do therapy in the outdoors. It invites the therapist to incorporate Mother Nature in the process and extend the therapeutic impact of play. -- Dr Ronen Berger, Founder of Nature Therapy, Head of the Nature Therapy Program, Tel Aviv University, Israel and co-author of The Healing Forest in Post-Crisis Work with Children
This excellent book should be essential reading for everyone concerned with play and play therapy. It also should be part of the knowledge base for planners and developers before any more countryside is destroyed. Meticulously researched and discussed by Alison Chown, she shows how the great outdoors should be the heritage for children now and in the future. I hope it leads to some joined up thinking between health, education and planning. I strongly recommend this innovative book to be read, and then read again! -- Dr Sue Jennings, Visiting Fellow Leeds Metropolitan University
This book is an essential read for any therapist... Chown addresses how play therapy outdoors can be beneficial and achievable for children with wide-ranging needs including social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD), profound and multiple learning difficulties, attachment and trauma... Chown's book brings us full circle, resonating with the influences of mindfulness, back to our 'source', to nature, and the value of our roots in the
earth. Chown is encouraging us to take another step, assessing the risks to self and others, to break down the physical and psychological walls that separate us from that which connects us all, the nature 'mother'.
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