Our ‘Growing Roots’ training is designed to give you the necessary knowledge, foundations and skills to safely move your clinical practice into nature. This course has been carefully crafted and designed to provide you with strong ‘roots’ to grow your nature-based practice.
The course is 12 weeks long and has more than 25 hours of mixed-media learning material to suit diverse learning styles. We encourage you to follow along week-by-week but you can follow along at your own pace in a way that suits your learning needs and lifestyle. You will have access to this course for 12 months.
Each week you gain access to a new module of our training. We start with an in-depth look at the theory behind working with nature for therapy. We then guide you through our EcoSensory Model of Practice illustrating each Model Element by sharing its theory and evidence-based, practical applications (assessment and session planning), and case studies with diverse client populations. We provide all the practical elements that you will need to put the model into practice and start sessions in nature (assessment and formulation worksheets; session planning worksheets; risk assessment proformas; fidelity measure etc).
On successful completion of the training, practitioners may call their nature-based work ‘EcoSensory Informed Practice’
All the learning materials are integrated into our website, so we’ve done the hard work for you. Once you sign up, everything you will need will be accessible through your login portal. This will be your central point for all the learning modules, as well as group conversations. Don’t worry, we take time at the start of the training to teach you how it all works and how best to use our learning platform!
The training will be a mixture of videos, narrated slideshows, written manuals, worksheets, and experiential activities, including a podcast to take out in nature. You can go at your own pace, and you will have a year to complete the training. However, as part of a cohort, we strongly recommend trying to keep to the release weeks.
There will be three check-ins with the tutors, one at the beginning, middle, and end of the course. The webinars are ‘connection-rich’ rather than ‘content-rich’ and optional to attend. They will be run by our team of EcoSensory Tutors (Co-Founders and Clinical Leads in the field of Clinical Psychology and Occupational Therapy)
Our Autumn dates are as follows:
- 4th September 2023: Course opens. Evidence and Theoretical Foundations
- Intro/Welcome webinar: 5th September, 6.30- 7.45pm BST
- 11th September: Ground element
- 18th September: Connect element
- 25th September: Rhythm element
- 2nd October: Discover element
- 9th October: Attend element
- 30th October: Create element
- Mid-course link in webinar: 2nd November @ 6.30- 7.45 PM GMT
- 6th November: Nourish element
- 13th November: Reflect element
- 20th November: Fidelity/Risk Ax/Case Study
- Endings/new beginnings webinar: 28th November 6.30 -7.45 PM GMT
We would be thrilled to welcome you, if this feels right for your practice. Come join our EcoSensory community and learn ways to safely move your practice outdoors, back into nature and ‘working with’ nature to regulate through the senses’.
To find our further information, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org