with Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment
North American veterans are turning to activities such as farming, gardening,
hiking, and spending time with animals to find relief from stressful and
traumatic military experiences, and to support their transition to civilian
life. Some are taking up these activities in their spare time, while others are
making it their full-time occupation.
This presentation explores
complementary approaches to conventional therapeutic and medical interventions,
focusing on stories of hope and possibility offered by those whose transition to
civilian life has been transformed through their relationship with nature.
During this webinar, you will:
- Learn how veterans are regarding their personal recovery from
stressful and trauma as intimately tied to their nature experiences;
- Explore the deep and far-reaching connections between nature and human
health and wellness;
- Understand how some European countries are incorporating “green care” into
their health care programs; and
- Consider the ways that veterans’ experiences with nature might be applicable
to a wider population.
Stephanie Westlund, PhD
Dr. Westlund is an independent researcher and author based in
Calgary. She holds a doctorate in Peace and Conflict Studies, and was the
2012-2013 Global Citizenship Research Fellow in the Consortium for Peace Studies
at the University of Calgary. She has been conducting research with veterans
since 2009, and continues to be inspired by their courage and personal resolve
to move through pain toward recovery, and their unrelenting desire to serve
their communities. Her new book is Field Exercises: How Veterans Are Healing
Themselves through Farming and Outdoor Activities.
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