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Saturday, November 7 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Ecopsychology in Clinical Practice: Nature as Co-Therapist in Play Therapy

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ROOM 705

Many children today are absorbed — mind, body, and spirit — in a world of video games, internet, Instagram, and other technological diversions, leading to an ever-increasing disconnect from the natural world. Medical and mental health professionals are exploring the possibility that some diagnostic behavioral disorders may very well be, in part, a consequence of this disconnect. A phenomenon, coined by journalist Richard Louv as the Nature Deficit Disorder, speaks to the detrimental effects of decreased access to the world of nature. This workshop will address these issues through the exploration of play therapy modalities that incorporate a natural element. Participants will explore how the use of natural objects such as shells, gemstones, rocks, botanicals, and sand, can be used therapeutically to tap into deeper metaphors, while also connecting to sensory experiences in the world around us. Play therapy modalities, such as StoryPlay®, that bridge nature with storytelling, will be featured. Please bring your favorite natural object to share!Appropriate for populations of all ages and abilities.

Eligible for 1.5 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS

This session also eligible for APT credits


Janet A. Courtney, PhD, LCSW

Janet A. Courtney, PhD, LCSW, is founder of FirstPlay™ Therapy, a Reiki master, a registered play therapy supervisor, a FirstPlay™ infant massage instructor, a StoryPlay® facilitator and an adjunct professor at Barry University School of Social Work. Her new method of FirstPlay™ Kinesthetic Storytelling® demonstrated in her children's book, The Magic Rainbow Hug, is also elaborated in her TEDx Talk, "The Curative... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)