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Outdoor Mental Health Interventions and Outdoor Therapy: A statement of good practice

Richards, K, Hardie, A and Anderson, N (2020) Outdoor Mental Health Interventions and Outdoor Therapy: A statement of good practice. Technical Report. Institute for Outdoor Learning.

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Health, well-being and self-development has been a cornerstone of the impact and value of outdoor learning practices for many decades. Over recent years, we have seen an exponential growth in therapeutic outdoor initiatives and programmes being developed and utilised for mental health and well-being benefits. Traditional terms such as adventure therapy, wilderness therapy, nature therapy and outdoor counselling, have more recently been joined with a plethora of wider terms, such as eco-therapy, forest bathing, and a Natural Health Service, to name a few. All of these terms are taking claim to some kind of health benefit (physical or psychological) for getting outdoors. This Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL) statement purposefully sets out a view on competence when combining mental health and well-being interventions with outdoor learning: o The primary goal was to develop a model that could support organisations and individuals who provide and utilise services for mental health and well-being in an outdoor setting. The statement has been strongly informed by mapping current practice in the UK. o It has been created to ensure that those engaging outdoor learning services to improve mental health and well-being can do so with confidence and trust in what they are offered.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adventure Therapy; Outdoor Learning; Outdoor Mental Health; Outdoor Therapy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: Institute for Outdoor Learning
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2024 11:38
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2024 11:38
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22585
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