In a climate that values curricula that is fast-paced, highly scheduled, and “teaches to the test” — providing children time to connect with nature and engage in self-reflection continues to be sacrificed.
Our bodies are naturally attuned to connect biochemically with natural settings, and nature-based therapy helps bring the body and mind back to its more optimal state...and does so in a fun, accessible, and novel manner that children welcome and enjoy!
Join Dr. Cheryl Fisher to examine the whole-body, whole-brain benefits found in nature-based activities. It offers a multisensory approach to bringing mindfulness, green space, and biodiversity into your clinical or academic setting.
Learn how engaging in nature can counter the negative effects of a skim, scan, scroll world and promote a calm and alert state. Windows optional!
|Manual - Nature Therapy for Kids (12.6 MB)||38 Pages||Available after Purchase|
Cheryl Fisher, PhD, NCC, LCPC, ACS, is a licensed clinical professional counselor and counselor-educator with 30 years of clinical and educational experience with individuals, families and children. She is a certified trauma professional and an abuse and domestic violence specialist with extensive clinical experience working with trauma survivors of all ages. Dr. Fisher was awarded the Governor’s Award for her clinical work in trauma. She has deployed with the American Red Cross Mental Health Team both locally and nationally. Dr. Fisher is often assisted by her co-therapists, Max and Lily- golden doodle therapy dogs and a beta fish named Olive.
An international presenter, Dr. Fisher conducts research in the areas of nature and mental health, in addition to spirituality and meaning-construction. She is a columnist- The Counseling Connoisseur- for Counseling Today Online. Dr. Fisher has a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision with an emphasis in the integration of psychology and spirituality, and an M.S. in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. She is certified in Jungian Sandtray work and play therapy. Dr. Fisher’s writing projects include Homegrown Psychotherapy: Nature-Informed Counseling and the Dr. Sophia children’s book series that connect children to nature in healing ways.
Financial: Dr. Cheryl Fisher maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Alliant International University and Fordham University. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Cheryl Fisher serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, and The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and several other professional organizations. For a complete list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Multisensory Approach to Mental Health
Promote vestibular and kinesthetic development
Nature - A Multisensory Experience (Whole Brain/Whole Body)
Reduce anxiety, sensory disorganization and tactile defensiveness
Increase attention and a calm state
Cognitive Development and Emotional Regulation
Improve sensory integration and focused attention
Enhance emotional states, promote confidence & creativity
Increased emotional intelligence and empathy
Improve posture, strength, endurance, balance, body awareness, immune system, and sleep
Bring the Outdoors In
Create natural lighting, integrate natural elements
Tools for teaching mindfulness
Promote listening, focused attention, cooperative interaction, problem-solving, creativity
Plan and create green and blue space areas inclusive to ableness, cultural diversity, accessibility
Additional Nature-Informed Tools
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