Nature Based Therapy - Bringing nature into practice
Key words: nature based therapy, education, training, holistic health, Indigenous philosophy, nature based mindfulness, nature journaling, creative arts, holistic counselling, self care, nature based diet
This session showcases the valuable work of nature based therapy outlining the modalities and processes that are used in the practice of nature based therapy. Participants will be able to gain a deeper understanding of how we can work with nature as a therapist.
About the presenter/s
Kit Kline, the founder of Nature Based Therapy, was born in Canada and moved to Australia when she was 10. She is a decedent of the Wampanoag people on her paternal side and is a member of the Sou’West Nova Metis Council. Kit has always felt a strong connection to her Native American ancestry and believes her philosophy on health and wellness derives from this connection.
She has 17 years’ experience working as a Counsellor and Educator in the social and community services sector with both public and private health services specialising in mental health and addictions. She established the modality Nature Based Therapy due to the success she was having with the people she was working with when she incorporated ‘nature’ into her work practice.
Kit is currently completing a Master’s in Social Work (Deakin University) and is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (MAASW). She successfully completed a Masters of Indigenous Studies (University of South Australia) in September 2018 and has a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies (Victoria University). Her post graduate studies include Diploma’s in Welfare studies, Alcohol and other Drugs, Holistic Healing and Certificate IV’s in both Training & Assessment and Youth Work.
Kit is a recent graduate of the Leaders for Geelong program 2015-2017 and is committed to creating healthy people, families and communities while at the same time protecting our natural resources and environment.
Kit is a mother to three daughters and one son and enjoys coastal life in Torquay, Victoria. In her personal time, she enjoys taking her family on picnics to local forests, bushwalking, mountain bike riding and cooking healthy organic food. She also enjoys long road trips, travelling to new destinations and meeting people from different cultural backgrounds.