5 episodes

This podcast is all about the business & practice of nature-based pediatric therapy. If you are a nature-loving OT, PT, SLP, LCSW, or mental health counselor who wants to take your work with children outdoors into nature, THIS is for you! We'll discuss exactly what it takes to run a successful and profitable nature-based pediatric practice that changes children's lives (and yours!) forever.

Therapy in the Great Outdoors Laura Park Figueroa

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 4 Ratings

This podcast is all about the business & practice of nature-based pediatric therapy. If you are a nature-loving OT, PT, SLP, LCSW, or mental health counselor who wants to take your work with children outdoors into nature, THIS is for you! We'll discuss exactly what it takes to run a successful and profitable nature-based pediatric practice that changes children's lives (and yours!) forever.

    Email Marketing for your Nature-Based Practice

    Email Marketing for your Nature-Based Practice

    Email marketing was a big contributor to the early success of my business. Unfortunately, it’s not something that a lot of nature-based therapists make a priority. It might seem overwhelming, but there are tools that help to make it easy for you to establish your email list. And the benefits are worth it.

    In today’s episode, you'll learn how email marketing is an easy and effective way to connect with your potential customers. We’ll discuss my favorite (and least favorite) platforms, why automation is so important, and how to write emails that keep your audience engaged so that they will want to work with your practice.

    We’ll discuss:


    A study that showed that children made more prosocial choices after spending the day in a nature setting
    What exactly is email marketing
    Why you need to use an email service provider for your email list
    How automation allows your business to run smoothly behind the scenes so you can enjoy your work
    How short, helpful emails at regular intervals will keep your practice top of mind
    Using email marketing to answers questions that you frequently receive
    Why you will automatically stand out if you add email marketing to your business
    The importance of a good copywriter (whether it’s you or someone you outsource)

    Resources from this episode:

    Dopko, Capaldi, & Zelenski (2019). The psychological and social benefits of a nature experience for children: A preliminary investigation. Journal of Environmental Psychology. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272494418307102?via%3Dihub.

    This Book Will Teach You How To Write Better by Neville Medhora

    Jenny Gill Copywriting

    Krista Frahm Agency

    The Office on Call

    Flodesk: Design emails people love to get.

    If you're ready to take the next step in this adventure, join our free Therapy in the Great Outdoors Community at therapyinthegreatoutdoors.com. The TGO community is a private space just for nature based pediatric practitioners. We have loads of resources there to support you as you start or grow a nature based practice or program.

    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.

    • 27 min
    Assessment & Observation in Nature-Based Therapy

    Assessment & Observation in Nature-Based Therapy

    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
    My 3 Favorite Outdoor Therapy Activities for Children

    My 3 Favorite Outdoor Therapy Activities for Children

     If you're working with children who have challenges with attention, sensory processing, social skills, or executive function, gather a few simple supplies and try these 3 activities in your next outdoor therapy groups!

    In this episode:


    2-minute takeaway from the research: 5 ways you can create the conditions for children to engage with nature
    Why I love the giant spider web game to teach learning through failure, problem solving, and motor skills
    The ONE knot to know how to tie (that will make your work SO much easier as a nature-based therapist)
    How to use map-making activities to help children become more comfortable with and aware of their surroundings
    Why I love fire building with children after a less-than-ideal therapy session
    How to balance risk-taking and keeping children safe during sessions
    Why it’s important to let the children take the lead and practice problem-solving themselves

    Resources from this episode:

    This week's 2-Minute Takeaway article: The Art of Working With Nature in Nature-Based Therapies

    My video on how to tie the bowline knot

    My Book, Therapy in the Great Outdoors

    The ferro rods we use in my practice when teaching fire building

    🌳 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.

    • 28 min
    Mistakes to Avoid in Each Stage of Nature-Based Practice

    Mistakes to Avoid in Each Stage of Nature-Based Practice

    As you grow your nature-based practice, you’ll find that there are 4 main stages of business that you encounter. There is no endpoint and your journey will take you from stage to stage, and as you evolve you will face new challenges and opportunities.

    In this episode, I’m sharing what you should focus on and the mistakes to avoid as you go through each stage of your business, You’ll hear insight from my own business as a nature-based pediatric therapist as well as the knowledge that I’ve accumulated over my years of group coaching and observing other practices and how they manage their companies. 

    We’ll discuss:


    My takeaways from the Umbrella Review from Harper, Fernee and Gabrielsen
    The 4 stages of nature-based practice
    My tips for what to focus on in each stage of your practice
    Mistakes to avoid during each business phase
    Why I recommend investing in mentoring or coaching

    Resources from this episode:

    Nature's Role in Outdoor Therapies: An Umbrella Review (Harper, Fernee, & Gabrielsen, 2021)

    The ConTiGO Approach Online Course

    Nature-Based Practice Roadmap

    Small Business Administration

    Nolo

    Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

    Trello

    Therapy in the Great Outdoors Community

    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.

    • 36 min
    Therapy in the Great Outdoors: The Podcast

    Therapy in the Great Outdoors: The Podcast

    Are you a pediatric therapist who wants to take your work with children outdoors into nature? As a nature-based pediatric therapist & entrepreneur, I’ve spent years finding the balance between the practice of nature-based therapy and improving my business.

    There’s so much to learn–from groundbreaking research on the therapy side to new marketing strategies on the business side–and I’m here to help you make sense of all of it, all while staying true to the core of your work.

    In this first episode, I’m sharing my journey to becoming a nature-based pediatric therapist and what led me to help other professionals expand and improve their own businesses. I’m explaining why I pivoted from my old show to this one and what you can expect from upcoming episodes.

    We’ll discuss:


    How nature-based practice might help you reignite your love of your work as a pediatric therapist
    How the ConTiGO (Connection & Transformation in the Great Outdoors) Approach was created 
    A story about fear when starting something new & "putting yourself out there"
    Why I started this podcast and ended my old one (which had 100k+ downloads and 75 episodes!)
    What you can expect from upcoming episodes...how THIS podcast will be similar to my old one AND different.

    There IS an irony to this episode! Did you notice it?

    Since it is episode #1, I felt I needed to give a little intro and my history for new listeners. Then right after that, I'm telling you to STOP talking about yourself in your marketing and talk about what's in it for your customers! 😁 So...I just want to reassure you that future episodes will be jam-packed with helpful content for you and I will NOT be talking about myself as much! haha! 😆

    Resources from this episode:

     Are you a pediatric therapist interested in taking your work with children out into nature? Visit www.contigoapproach.com to join the waitlist for the ConTiGO Approach Online Course.

    While you're waiting for the course, join our FREE Therapy in the Great Outdoors Community. We have treatment activities, research, training, a job & volunteer board, and a discussion forum where like-minded therapists are all gathered together to help you take your therapy work with children into the great outdoors! Did I mention it's FREE? Go to therapyinthegreatoutdoors.com to join today!

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Dairian Roberts ,

Amazing Resource!

LOVE all that you’re doing, such an inspiration! -Dairian

WildFree Kids OT ,

Wahoo!!!🎉

Thanks for coming back, Laura!
I am so excited about your new focused podcast and am (impatiently) waiting to use these activities! Jillian, WildFree Kids OT

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