24 min

Assessment & Observation in Nature-Based Therapy Therapy in the Great Outdoors

    • Entrepreneurship

As therapists, what we assess is what we address. But when you take your practice outdoors, you might find that your assessments change a bit. For nature-based therapists, it’s important to find a balance between the tried-and-true standardized assessments you’re used to and new, nature-specific ones.

In this episode, I’m talking about the importance of assessments and how to use them in your nature-based therapeutic practice. I’m sharing ways you can adapt your current assessments to a nature-based practice and a few new assessments to try. Plus, I’m explaining how you can supplement your standardized assessments with more organic observation.

We’ll discuss:


How natural environments can improve parent-child communication
Why assessment is so vital to the therapeutic process
Understanding the purpose of and process for assessment in your specialty
Adapting the assessments you already use in your practice to outdoor therapy
How to supplement standardized assessment with clinical observations and nonstandardized assessments
Measuring nature connection in children
Three nature connection assessments to try in your practice

Resources from this episode:

Cameron-Faulkner, Thea & Melville, Joanna & Gattis, Merideth. (2018). Responding to Nature: Natural Environments Improve Parent-Child Communication. Journal of Environmental Psychology. 59. 10.1016/j.jenvp.2018.08.008.

Are you a pediatric therapist interested in taking your work with children out into nature? The ConTiGO Approach Online Course will open for registration soon: visit www.ConTiGOapproach.com to join the waitlist.

As therapists, what we assess is what we address. But when you take your practice outdoors, you might find that your assessments change a bit. For nature-based therapists, it’s important to find a balance between the tried-and-true standardized assessments you’re used to and new, nature-specific ones.

In this episode, I’m talking about the importance of assessments and how to use them in your nature-based therapeutic practice. I’m sharing ways you can adapt your current assessments to a nature-based practice and a few new assessments to try. Plus, I’m explaining how you can supplement your standardized assessments with more organic observation.

We’ll discuss:


How natural environments can improve parent-child communication
Why assessment is so vital to the therapeutic process
Understanding the purpose of and process for assessment in your specialty
Adapting the assessments you already use in your practice to outdoor therapy
How to supplement standardized assessment with clinical observations and nonstandardized assessments
Measuring nature connection in children
Three nature connection assessments to try in your practice

Resources from this episode:

Cameron-Faulkner, Thea & Melville, Joanna & Gattis, Merideth. (2018). Responding to Nature: Natural Environments Improve Parent-Child Communication. Journal of Environmental Psychology. 59. 10.1016/j.jenvp.2018.08.008.

Are you a pediatric therapist interested in taking your work with children out into nature? The ConTiGO Approach Online Course will open for registration soon: visit www.ConTiGOapproach.com to join the waitlist.

24 min