Välkommen till världskonferensen för vildmarksterapi! För första gången sedan start, för 20 år sedan, är den förlagd till Norden, närmare bestämt södra Norge. Detta är ingen slump. Norge ligger i framkant inom forskning och klinisk behandling på området ”Outdooor Therapy”, framför allt för barn och ungdomar inom psykiatrin (ABUP).

Det är därför extra roligt att som nordisk medborgare få företräda skogsterapi och berätta om forskning och utveckling som genomförts på området. Och i synnerhet den som bedrivits av Petra Ellora Cau Wetterholm på vårdcentral och som psykologisk behandlingsmodul för stressrelaterad ohälsa, ångest och depression .

Det finns en skillnad mellan skogsterapi i den form som den har i väst och annan ”Outdoor Therapy (vildmarksterapi, äventyrsterapi, Nordic Outdoor Therapy). Inom skogsterapi öppnar vi möjligheter för relationen mellan deltagare och naturen själv att verka terapeutiskt. I övriga utomhusterapier förekommer element av metodisk psykoterapi som leds av professionella kliniker. Så om du har intresse av det ena eller andra, eller kanske både ock så se till att registrera dig för detta sällsynta event!

Här nedan kan du få mer fakta kring konferensen, hitta länken för registrering och läsa en introduktion till Petras föreläsning.

9th International Adventure Therapy Conference

Welcome to join us for the 9th International Adventure Therapy Conference (9IATC) and 3rd Gathering for Adventure Therapy in Europe (3GATE) is taking place in Kristiansand/Hovden of Southern Norway 20-25 JUNE 2022!

Join practitioners, researchers, educators, students and generally awesome people from 41 different nations (so far). CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE for more info, pre- and post conference workshop options, newsletters and registration.

Petra Ellora Cau Wetterholm
is the founder and manager of the Scandinavian Nature and Forest Therapy Institute. She works as a licenced Psychologist, a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, trainer and mentor. In her work she focuses on the development of Forest Therapy theory, methodology and skills application, and to strengthen the integration of NBI in Public Health Care. Petra has a background in the performing arts and many years in recidency training at a Zen Buddhist temple. Her clinical work includes neuropsychiatry, stress-related disorders, and mindfulness-based interventions. Her work has presented nationally as well as internationally.

FOREST THERAPY GROUP INTERVENTION AND GUIDING SKILLS FOR EXHAUSTION DISORDER, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Abstract

Background: Forest Bathing has been scientifically suggested as a nature based, preventive health care intervention to lower stress levels and strengthen the immune system. These are two major findings that account for several positive health and wellness experiences, physiological as well as psychological. However, the professional Forest Therapy guide training methodologies are aimed at non-clinicians and target mainly preventive, wellness interventions. This presentation aims at presenting a clinical Forest Therapy study in Primary Mental Health Care, as a bases for possible methodological development, clinical skills application, new venues of training and future clinical use.
Method:This was a mixed method feasibility study, using quantitative and qualitative research measures. It assessed the outcome of a six week, manualised, guided clinical forest therapy group intervention in primary mental health care, for adults diagnosed with exhaustion disorder, stress, anxiety and depression. The study also investigated possible guiding skills adjustments in order to enable clinical patient participation; to support symptoms and specific needs of participants suffering from burnout syndrome and related difficulties.
Result: The qualitative results indicated lower levels of perceived stress, anxiety, and depression during and immediately after a forest therapy session, lasting up to three days. Results regarding guiding skills development were adjustments and compensations regarding cognitive impairments, sensory hypersensitivity, excessive worry and hopelessness, social withdrawal, emotional overwhelm, overactivity, lethargy, physical pain and tinnitus.

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