Drawing on the leading voices of international researchers and practitioners, Outdoor Therapies provides readers with an overview of practices for the helping professions.

Sharing outdoor approaches ranging from garden therapy to wilderness therapy and from equine-assisted therapy to surf therapy, Harper and Dobud have drawn common threads from therapeutic practices that integrate connection with nature and experiential activity to redefine the "person-in-environment" approach to human health and well-being. Readers will learn about the benefits and advantages of helping clients get the treatment, service, and care they need outside of conventional, office-based therapies.

Providing readers with a range of approaches that can be utilized across a variety of practice settings and populations, this book is essential reading for students, practitioners, theorists, and researchers in counseling, social work, youth work, occupational therapy, and psychology.

part Part I|65 pages


chapter Chapter 1|13 pages

An Introduction to Outdoor Therapies

ByNevin J. Harper, Thomas J. Doherty

chapter Chapter 2|14 pages

Experiential Facilitation in the Outdoors

ByLuk Peeters, Martin Ringer

chapter Chapter 3|12 pages

Ecopsychological Approaches to Therapy

ByMegan E. Delaney

chapter Chapter 4|12 pages

Psychological First Aid for Outdoor Programs

ByChristine Lynn Norton, Anita R. Tucker, Scott Bandoroff

chapter Chapter 5|12 pages

Indigenous Land-Based Healing Pedagogies

From the Ground Up
ByNicholas XEMŦOLTW̱ Claxton

part Part II|106 pages


chapter Chapter 6|12 pages

Wilderness Therapy

ByCarina Ribe Fernee, Leiv Einar Gabrielsen

chapter Chapter 7|14 pages

Adventure Therapy

ByCathryn Carpenter, Anita Pryor

chapter Chapter 8|13 pages

Nature-Based Therapy

ByDavid Segal, Nevin J. Harper, Kathryn Rose

chapter Chapter 9|13 pages

Equine and Animal-Assisted Therapies

ByHeather White, Kay Scott

chapter Chapter 10|13 pages

Garden and Horticultural Therapies

ByRebecca L. Haller

chapter Chapter 11|12 pages

Nature, Sensory Integration, and Pediatric Occupational Therapy

ByKaya Lyons

chapter Chapter 12|13 pages

Surf Therapy

ByJess Ponting

chapter Chapter 13|14 pages

Forest Therapy

ByWon Sop Shin, Juyoung Lee

part Part III|29 pages

Critical Perspectives and Conclusions

chapter Chapter 14|13 pages

Critical Perspectives on Outdoor Therapy Practices

ByDenise Mitten

chapter Chapter 15|14 pages

Future Direction for Outdoor Therapies

ByWill W. Dobud, Daniel L. Cavanaugh