The Call of the Wild:
Nature Play Therapy for Children, Teens and Families
Jamie Lynn Langley, LCSW, RPT-S
Emily Frazier, LCSW
There is growing evidence of the need for children and teens to be in nature to benefit emotional health- yet they are more disconnected from nature than ever before. Jamie and Emily will explore the ”why” to include nature in play therapy as well as “how” via nature-based activities, games, expressive arts and more. Participants will be able to directly experience several of these interventions and learn ways to incorporate them in play therapy practice both indoors and outside. Therapist self-care in nature is an added benefit of this experiential participation!
TNAPT is an approved provider of play therapy training for the Association for Play Therapy (APT), provider no 03-138.
Friday Day Program: (8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
“Where the Wild Things Are: Clinical Considerations to Bringing Nature Into Play Therapy” (3.0 CEUs.) In this morning session, the research supporting nature and nature-based clinical practices will be presented, including a review of ways to assist liability and safety concerns. Participants will also be provided information on "Nature-Deficit Disorder", and how this may impact children presenting for play therapy. The therapeutic powers of play accessed by Nature Play Therapy will be specifically highlighted.
Lunch: (On Site) Healthy Parks Healthy TN Program Presentation (Ryan Jenkins, Park Manager at Henry Horton State Park) Lunch will include this presentation to learn about “prescribing nature” for clients and their families. (No CEU credit.)
“Oh the Places You’ll Go: Incorporating Nature-Based Activities and Games in Play Therapy" (3.5 CEUs.) This afternoon session will present opportunities to go outside and experience activities for children, teens and families in play therapy. These activities will promote connection and mindfulness in fun ways based upon the Therapeutic Powers of Play.
- Identify at least three healing benefits of nature and why these are important considerations for play therapists.
- Explain the concepts of “Nature Deficit Disorder” and “Vitamin N” and how incorporating nature within play therapy can address these concerns.
- Participate in at least three nature-based experiential activities and articulate how these can be included as part of play therapy sessions with children, teens and families.
- Identify at least two Therapeutic Powers of Play that are enhanced using Nature Play Therapy activities.
This “day” program ends at 4:30 p.m. Participants can then enjoy some time to further explore nature or have dinner (on own) at the park restaurant. Two optional additional programs can then be chosen to continue the learning- and playing- experience in nature on both Friday evening and Saturday morning.
Friday Night Program: (6:00 – 8:30 p.m.) Optional/Add-on
“Where the Sidewalk Ends: Incorporating Stories, Songs and Closure Activities in Play Therapy” (2.5 CEUs)
As the day comes to an end with the setting of the sun, participants will gather around a bonfire, complete with the makings of s’mores, to explore using stories and songs to enhance connection and creativity in play therapy. A review of when closing activities are appropriate and needed that can be adapted in nature will be included. Participants will end the evening by participating in a closing ritual. (Musical ability is not required, but anyone wanting to bring a guitar is encouraged to do so!)
- Explain the clinical significance of closing rituals in play therapy, particularly with families or groups.
- Participate in at least two play-based stories and/or songs that can be incorporated in play therapy.
- Identify at least two Therapeutic Powers of Play that are accessed using stories or songs in play therapy.
Saturday Session: (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) Optional / Add-On
“The Giving Tree: Utilizing the Gifts of Nature for Expressive Arts in Play Therapy” (3.0 CEUs)
Exploring opportunities for natural creativity is one of the benefits of Nature Play Therapy. Participants will experience creating several nature-based expressive arts and activities to incorporate in play therapy. By doing so, play therapists can also receive the gift of self-care from these nature experiences.
- Experience at least three nature-based expressive art activities that can be conducted inside or outdoors.
- Identify at least two Therapeutic Powers of Play that are experienced utilizing nature-based expressive art activities.
- Summarize at least two ways such nature-based activities can assist with therapist self-care.
Jamie Lynn Langley, LCSW, RPT-S is the president of TNAPT. Following 27 years in community mental health, Jamie has since been in private practice for three years in Smyrna. She specializes in working with children, teens and families. An advocate for nature, Jamie has been incorporating more nature-based activities in play therapy. She serves on the Healthy Parks Healthy Person Advisory Board and is also a charter member of Richard Louv’s Children & Nature Network. The mom of two Eagle Scouts, her favorite family times are those spent together in nature. Her tag line these days: “Nature Play is my Healing Way!”
Emily Frazier, LCSW has over fifteen years experience working with individuals and families in a variety of settings. Her background includes earning a coaching certificate through the MentorCoach training program. She also completed the Level 1 Ecotherapy Certification through the Earthbody Institute. Emily believes in the therapeutic power of nature and the healing benefits of spending time outdoors. In her free time, Emily enjoys hiking, camping, and reading a good book. She has been in private practice for the last nine years in Murfreesboro.
Go to www.tna4pt.org to register and pay on-line beginning 9/11/19 using Paypal options on the Continuing Education Page.
Entire Program: 12.0 CEUs (includes Friday breakfast and lunch)
$135 - TNAPT Members
$150 – Non-members
$125 – Graduate Students
Friday Day Only: 6.5 CEUs (includes Friday breakfast and lunch)
$100 - TNAPT Members
$110 - Non-Members
$90 - Graduate Students
Friday Night Optional Program: 2.5 CEUs (Includes S’mores!)
$25 - TNAPT members
$30 - Non-Members
$20 - Students
Saturday Optional Program: 3.0 CEUs
$30 - TNAPT Members
$35 - Non-Members
$25 - Students
About Henry Horton State Park and Lodging:
Henry Horton State Park, located in Chapel Hill, attracts vacationing families from across Tennessee and the Southeast. The park is home to a 68-room inn, diverse amenities and renowned riverside picnic sites. The training will begin in Conference Room A inside Henry Horton Inn. A recently opened Storybook Trail and surrounding areas including pavilions will be utilized for the outdoor training experiences on Friday afternoon, evening and Saturday morning. More info will be included to registrants closer to the conference dates.
Lodging at Henry Horton Inn: All rooms can accommodate up to four people. A few rooms are fully handicap accessible. The rates are $104 per night (plus taxes). You can inquire about an upgrade to a suite outfitted with a kitchenette and living area at a higher rate. A continental breakfast will be provided to overnight inn guests in the hotel lobby.
Please go the Henry Horton website to reserve rooms: https://tnstateparks.com/parks/inn/henry-horton
Reserve now as fall gets busy! There is a block of rooms reserved through Sept. 18 only. Reservations do not have to be within this block, but did guarantee some room availability should Henry Horton book up outside of this block. Please check eligibility for a Senior or State of TN employee discount when registering.
*Grad Students- There was not enough space to include student rates for the two optional/add-on programs of Friday Night and/or Saturday morning. If you want to attend one or both of these sessions, email email@example.com and an invoice can be sent.