Training, The Wild Atlantic Way

Joanne Hanrahan

This Course was last run in September 2020. It booked out quickly and had great feedback.  

Sample Participant Feedback

"It was my first experience of working outdoors and I wanted to see how I would be in this new therapy setting. I respond best to learning by doing so for me it was the best way to try this out. You could not have learnt this from a book! Plus I felt completely safe and held in the group and the facilitator."

I gained "A broader perspective on ways of working. And a renewed appreciation for nature."

I gained "The freedom to use nature and trust the work can still be done."

I gained an "Experience of outdoor work Met good people Felt included."

I gained a "Deeper reconnection to nature. Experience of being a therapist in nature. It answered questions I had and created new ones."

Experiential Outdoor Workshop for Therapists

Dates: Next Date TBD Subject to Public Health Guidance

Email me to Express your interest and be the first to hear about availability.

Price: €120 (6hrs CPD)

Venue: Ennistymon Co. Clare

Delivered & Hosted by Joanne Hanrahan

Max number of participants 10

Note: Date subject to change due to Public Health Guidance.

Are you a Qualified or Trainee Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Art Therapist or Psychologist interested in integrating nature into your therapy practice or taking therapy sessions outside?  If so this outdoor workshop is a must for you. 

There is much to be reflected on when embarking on therapy outside of the traditional frame of the room.  Consideration must be given to a number of practical issues, client and process suitability as well as important theoretical underpinnings.  Fundamental to Psychotherapy and Counselling is the therapists’ own growth and awareness through personal therapy.  Similarly, in working outdoors with clients, the therapists’ own relationship with nature, their comfort and sense of regulation in natural environments is of paramount importance.

Join me in exploring your own process outdoors, engaging with the natural world and with other like-minded professionals.  This workshop will compliment a core outdoor psychotherapy training or can give you a taster of how it may be to work outdoors prior to considering a further training. If you are already seeing clients outdoors this will provide a space for you to discuss your practice and gain more experience of being a client in the outdoors.  Also very importantly this will be a day to give yourself time to ‘just be’ in nature.

Course Structure:

  • This workshop will be experiential and will be held entirely outdoors in a rich natural space in Ennistymon Co.Clare

  • Participant numbers will be limited to enhance the personal experience and processing time.

  • The day will include a number of nature based exercises and reflection.

  • Time will be given to peer counselling (dyad work) so that you can experience both being therapist and client outdoors and process that experience in the group.

  • The site we will work in holds a waterfall, meandering river, woodlands with a path and a wilder woodland area.  In is also the site on which The Falls Hotel is situated which is where we will meet in the morning and have access to toilet facilities etc.

  • Participants will be required to wear suitable outdoor clothing and bring sit mat/portable camping chair – more detail will be given on booking.

 Learning outcomes include:

  • An increased awareness of your own process related to Nature.

  • Experience of nature based exercises.

  • Experience of peer counselling in the outdoors – time in both roles and time to process both.

  • Developing your professional network and matrix of support.

Please contact me by email at joannepsychotherapy@gmail.com for further information and to book your place.

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