Author(s): Bonnie Thomas
Full of ideas, activities and exercises, this book provides imaginative ways to inspire young people to put down the computer games, disconnect from social media, and spend more time away from a screen. In an increasingly electronic world, creating enthusiasm for the great outdoors can seem an impossible task. Yet, the benefits of nature are endless, and they extend further than just improving physical health; being in natural surroundings is also an effective way to boost imagination, creativity and overall wellbeing. In whatever capacity you work or care for children and young people, this book will help you motivate them to reboot their connection with nature and become healthier for it. Addressing how nature-based activities can be used for improved mental health, this book will be an invaluable addition to the library of any professional who works with young people including counselors, educators, youth group workers, social workers, and childcare providers. It is also a useful resource for parents.
Bonnie Thomas, LCSW, is a Child and Family Counselor who lives on the coast of Maine, USA with her husband, son, and two dogs. Bonnie incorporates creative expression, art, and nature based activities in the work she does with her clients. In her leisure time, she loves to write haikus, create art, play with her food, plant gardens, and listen to music...sometimes all at the same time.
Introduction: Why Is Nature So Important?; Part 1. Nature is Therapeutic; 1. Incorporating Nature in Your Therapeutic Practice; 2. Relaxation and Mindfulness; 3. Self-Esteem and Positive Connections; 4. Nature Based Therapy and Grief Work with Youth. Karla Helbert; 5. Gardening for Wellbeing; Part 2. Nature is Fun; 6. General Outdoor Activities; 7. Blacktop Activities; 8. Sand and Beach; 9. Forest and Trees; 10. Fields and Grassy Areas; 11. Puddles and Mud; 12. Rivers and Streams; 13. Snow; 14. Bring Nature Indoors; List of Activities.