Have you ever thought about taking a client outside? Walking, sitting in a forest, or wading through a stream? Therapy has been challenging this past year as we have begun to experience sessions outside of the traditional office space. This novel approach to therapy provides tools to support therapists in outdoor settings that are conducive to positive change.
Physical movement and talk therapy in the great outdoors are powerful components; in this modality, we call ‘walk and talk’. But how can you do this safely? What are some ways to engage clients in a more natural setting? How will the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship shift? What kind of person might engage in walking therapy? And how do you address issues of confidentiality while on the trail?
This webinar will cover concerns therapists may have about being in an open-air office and provide insights on how to move forward in this novel approach to therapy. Your journey into a new modality will certainly elicit questions and spark your curiosity.
By the end of this training, attendees will be better able to—
- Identify the research and evidence that show the benefits of walking therapy.
- Assess how to handle issues around confidentiality in a public outdoor setting.
- Identify how to handle a client becoming openly emotional during a walking session.
- Write their own informed consent for walk and talk therapy.
- Describe how to incorporate movement and nature into an effective therapy session.
Jennifer Udler, LCSW-C is the founder of a therapy practice that incorporates walking with talk therapy. Jennifer has been practicing therapy for 21 years. After sitting in an office for 13 of those years, she decided to move her practice outdoors. She has since found her interactions with clients to be deeper, more uplifting and therapeutic in both mind and body. She has presented at the Innovations in Psychotherapy Conference, National Walking Summit, Psychotherapy Networker Symposium and has been been featured in The Washington Post, on Sirius XM radio, Outside Magazine and was a guest writer for the National Recreation and Park Association. Positive Strides, LLC is based in Montgomery County, Maryland. Visit www.PositiveStridesTherapy.com for more details.
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This training offers 3 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.
For Live Broadcast Attendees
Webinar attendance by participants is automatically tracked, documented and archived for future reference. Upon confirming you have attended 100% of the webinar and upon completion of a course evaluation, you will be issued a certificate of participation (see below).
For Attendees of On Demand/Recorded Version
If you cannot verify 100% attendance of the Live Broadcast or if you are watching the On Demand/recorded version of this webinar, you will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify your attendance.
For US Participants
Instructions on how to obtain your Certificate of Attendance showing the hours completed will be distributed either following the Live Broadcast or with On-Demand registration (On-Demand participants must pass a post-webinar attendance quiz). A CE package will be available which includes the full webinar description and details, the speaker’s CV and references.
For Canadian and International participants
Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian and international participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation which features:
- Name of Participant
- Title of Training
- Name of Presenter plus their credentials
- Number of hours of training
- Date of training
- Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least 80% grade to verify your attendance
Please check carefully with your regulating body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CEUs.
For general information about Continuing Education for Canadians and International participants, please click here.
This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:
- social workers
- medical professionals supporting mental health patients
- mental health counsellors
- marriage and family therapists and counsellors
- occupational therapists
- vocational rehabilitation therapists
- addiction counsellors
- religious counsellors
- case managers
- art therapists
- licensed professional counsellors
- all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices