This workshop explores, in a practical, skills-based approach, how the sciences of ecopsychology, environmental psychology and other disciplines can be simply and effectively incorporated into counselling and therapeutic practice for enhancing happiness, relieving depression and facilitating well-being. It incorporates short-term, brief strategic and effective interventions for working with individuals, families, couples, kids and teens – even those with the most challenging clinical problems.
Combining much of George Burns’ unique and acclaimed contributions to psychotherapy, the workshop guides participants through how the research and practice of nature-guided approaches can help people flourish and enjoy a better quality of life.
On completion of this workshop you will have learnt about:
- The evidence-based science and practice of Nature-Guided Therapy (NGT).
- The relationship of NGT and positive psychology.
- Making happiness and well-being legitimate goals of therapy.
- Facilitating the client’s shift from problem to positive.
- Assessing the client for outcome.
- Utilising the Sensory Awareness Inventory (SAI) for effective therapeutic outcomes.
- Using Nature-Guided Mindfulness exercises.
- Applying NGT to challenging clinical problems.
- Facilitating positive family and relationship skills through NGT.
- Employing these positive therapeutic approaches effectively.
The workshop will include illustrative case examples, demonstrations, and simple, pragmatic exercises to help you quickly apply these methods for enhancing therapy and therapeutic outcomes for your clients and yourself.
About the presenter(s)
George Burns is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology, author of eight books (including Nature-Guided Therapy) plus some 50 journal articles and book chapters. He has been an invited participant in a high level United Nations meeting on creating a new world development paradigm based more on happiness than on economic values.
His creative and innovative work as a practitioner, teacher and writer is recognised nationally and internationally. His teaching and writing reflect a love of nature, enjoyment of life and depth of care for the well-being of others. He has taught and trained colleagues throughout Australia as well as through many countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. Described as a “master clinician” and among “the world's best therapists” by the Erickson Foundation, George aims to provide a warm, relaxed, informed and essentially practical approach to learning. He now spends a good part of his time as a volunteer clinical psychologist in overseas countries like the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.
The venue of Point Peron Camp School provides the simplicity and ideal surroundings for this Nature Guided Therapy Workshop.