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Blending Mindfulness with Elements of Nature in Play Therapy

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About Blending Mindfulness with Elements of Nature in Play Therapy

A Home Study Course

Course Description:

This course presents a recipe for healing and growth that includes three key ingredients: 1) Mindfulness, 2) Nature, and 3) Play.  Mindfulness is a secular and universally available practice shown in a robust body of research to support  positive mental health outcomes. There are bodies of research that support the healing and growth potency of nature and play therapy, as well. When combined, these three ingredients can have a powerful effect in helping children and families experience interpersonal and intrapersonal growth in the therapy room. When nature and play are combined, child and family therapists can introduce clients to the experience and practice of mindfulness. In this home study course, there will be an examination of how the research supports the concepts and practices of the three ingredients toward positive mental health outcomes in the recipe for healing and growth, beginning with a look at the concept of mindfulness. Next, there will be a consideration of what the research tells us about the benefits of being in and with nature, followed by a review of the established efficacy of the therapeutic powers of play. Finally, there will be a case study presented with specific expressive and play-based interventions utilizing elements from nature to foster the beneficial cultivation of mindfulness for clients. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, course participants will be prepared to:

  • List three mental health benefits of mindfulness-based practices as used within the counseling relationship.
  • Recite three counseling theoretically supported examples of how items from nature may be used to introduce the experience of mindfulness to clients.
  • Name three ways including nature in play therapy benefits children and families.

Fee: FREE for a limited time!

CE Information:

This home-study course is designed to provide 1 CE credit with over 6,000 words of presentation text and additional handouts for counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists. MBTTI is in the process of applying for approval with NBCC, ACES, AAMFT, APA, and APT. CE certificates will be distributed upon Provider receiving notice of approval from the appropriate and respective professional organization.

About the Course Author and Presenter:

Lynn Louise Wonders is a licensed professional counselor and certified counselor supervisor, licensed and certified in the State of Georgia. She is a registered play therapist-supervisor, a certified AutPlay therapist, and a certified Synergetic Play Therapist. She has been providing continuing education training for counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, play therapists, and psychologists since 2010. Ms. Wonders is a published author of numerous academic book chapters, a guidebook for child and family therapists called When Parents Are at War, a workbook for individuals in midlife called The Midlife Self-discovery Workbook, and she has authored and co-authored eleven therapeutic children’s books. She is co-editor of Nature-based Play and Expressive Therapies for Children and Families and co-editor of Treatment Planning for Children & Families: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals. Ms. Wonders was the co-creator and presenter of the Nature Play Therapy Training Series in 2019 and 2020. She has served as the early childhood specialist, parenting educator, and national spokesperson for Primrose Schools since 2009. Ms. Wonders travels throughout the USA and internationally to provide continuing education to psychotherapists.

Cancellation, Policies and Refunds:

Your fee paid covers:

Asynchronously presented course material and CE certificate awarded to those who complete the course and successfully pass the post-test. There are no refunds provided due to the immediately consumable nature of this course.

Accessibility Accommodations:

To request an accommodation, please email us the nature of your need for accommodation at info@mindfulnessbasedtherapytraining.com PRIOR to purchasing the course, and we will make every effort to fulfill your request. 

Financial Declarations:

The presenter and Mindfulness-based Therapy Training Institute TM hereby declare that no conflict of interest, competing interest, or commercial support for the CE program is present. The presenter receives compensation for program delivery and sales as well as sales of her personal books and products.

Provider Contact Information: 

Mindfulness-based Therapy Training Institute TM

3751 Carrick Drive Ormond Beach, FL 32174



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