CLR Certificate in Nature Based Therapeutic Skills Online Training

Discover core therapeutic and nature play skills you can use to enhance your group work or individual practice. 

Also, learn about the impact of stress and adversity on human behaviour. More importantly, effective methods you can use to encourage and support positive experiences.

Who is the CLR certificate in nature-based therapeutic skills for?

This online post-qualifying certificate is suited to people qualified to work with children. In particular, those who want tools and methods to work outdoors with clients or students safely. 

  • Forest school leaders
  • Teachers
  • Teaching assistants
  • Counsellors
  • Therapists
  • Social workers
  • Parents
  • Health practitioners
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What you’ll learn

  • Therapeutic play skills including reflective language, direction and non-direction, sensory attunement, somatic anchors, puppets, core boundaries and creative practice in nature
  • Understanding healthy mind and body, including the benefits of outdoor work with groups
  • Self-awareness and ability to co-regulate and work safely with a range of people
  • Core theory and practice, based on nature-centric models, psychology, current neuroscience, including attachment theory, Jung and the Shadow, Kahneman and Siegal, Porges and Jennings
  • Understanding Adverse Childhood Experience and the effect of stress

How the CLR certificate in nature-based therapeutic skills works

Module 1: Establishing roots, sense of belonging and grounding

This module introduces the concept of:

  • Growing a human
  • Circle of trust and attachment to place and other 
  • Behaviour as communication: acknowledging needs
  • The nature play continuum: directive and non-directive
  • The role of the adult
  • Why the creative spark and the natural world are so important to wellbeing. Experiential creative therapy activities for immersion and orientation in nature
  • Seven basic emotions
  • ACES
  • Importance of risk
  • Scientific justifications for outdoor, sensory-based play and learning and why the ‘blue’ tent is used

Theory and practice from a range of disciplines including: (D Winnicott; J.Bowlby; Habitat theory; Neurobiology/Neuroscience

Module 2: Nature-centric models

This module explores:

  • The relevance of a diversity of systems which use the symbol of the circle to encourage place attachment and understanding of the human within the more-than-human world
  • Understanding human development within a nature-centric model
  • Place as a conversational partner
  • Whole intelligence: emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental
  • Applications of practice within health and education: Forest Schools to green care interventions
  • Practical examples to increase your ‘tool kit’ with games, creative and sensory-based ideas
  • Mental health continuum: Exploring your own triggers and inner landscape
Module 3: Lost in the woods

This module explores:

  • Coming to our senses and the brain
  • The importance of sensory inputs to brain development and the impact of toxic stress on brain growth
  • Your own sensory preferences 
  • The importance of body sensations first
  • Nature and creativity as pillars of resilience
  • Adverse childhood experience
  • Bottom-up strategies to calm a child and happy chemicals
  • Risk for resilience: providing methods to help individuals understand and provide a safe space in which fear is reduced
  • Windows of tolerance and the Polyvagal theory implications for our sensory interoception and co-regulation
  • Use of reflective journal
  • The theories of Neuro-economist and Psychologist Daniel Kahneman, Neuropsychologist Iain McGilchrist, Dr Stephen Porges, and Daniel Siegal
  • Therapeutic play skills: puppet in your pocket
Module 4: The power of play

This module explores:

  • Pioneering practical applications within education and health
  • Gratitude
  • Sensory, constructive and narrative play in context of outdoor settings
  • Experiential play therapy activities for sensory and projective play in nature
  • Revisiting therapeutic play skills and reflective language
  • The drama triangle
  • Revisiting reflective language
  • Our kit
  • Maintaining safety
  • How to attune and be aware of the complexity of feeling experience of the individuals in the group
  • Revisiting attachment, sensory profile and co-regulation
  • Once upon a time: the importance of story making
  • Use of reflective journal 
Module 5: Optional practical immersion training (1 day in-person)

This optional module takes place in October in our stunning Sussex woodland site and covers:

  • Playful practice in nature
  • Swings and ropes
  • Creativity with nature
  • Puppets and story
  • Construction with nature
  • Boundaries and the outdoors
  • Experiential exercises

Course details

Number of modules:
* Optional extra Module 5 for practical immersion: 1-day in the UK.

How long will it take?
4-5 months (depending on whether you sign up to optional module 5.)

How many hours?
12 hours direct training & 12 hours gap task activities

Study method

  • Home and reading exercises
  • Practical activities
  • Gap tasks
  • Reflective journaling
  • Group tasks

On booking, you’ll receive an equipment list.
Don’t worry, it’s not difficult or expensive!

Course features

  • Each live module is 3 hours
  • Access to an online portal 
  • Handouts to complement training
  • Access to further resources 
  • Recognised CPD certification for completion of modules
Therapeutic Skills & Play

 Your CLR certificate in nature-based therapeutic skills facilitators

Our tutors are dedicated, experienced, and, best of all, have up to date knowledge of Forest School and Environmental education. Also, mental health issues.

Marina Robb

marina robb

Kate Macairt

Kate Macairt

Why get certified?

  • Deepen your understanding of how to support young people effectively  
  • Get up to date with new science that supports self and co-regulation
  • Learn new skills to facilitate better relationships and outcomes for young people and adults

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Next available course dates

Module 5 takes place at our stunning woodland site located at Mill Woods, near Laughton, East Sussex, BN8 6BP

Module 1: November 4th 2021: 6pm to 9pm

Module 2: December 2nd 2021: 6pm to 9pm

Module 3: January 6th 2022: 6pm to 9pm

Module 4: February 3rd 2022: 6pm to 9pm

*Module 5: March 3rd 2022: 9.30am to 4.30pm

*Optional extra: Module 5 for practical immersion: 1-day in the UK.

Cost for modules 1, 2, 3 & 4:

Cost for optional extra module 5:
£135 per person

Modules 1-4 are LIVE  online sessions but will be recorded.

Why learn with Circle of Life Rediscovery?

Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC has over 25 years of experience in training professionals and inspiring thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds into the outdoors in both the UK, Ireland, Portugal and SE Asia.

We are a leading organisation in nature connection and personal development. As such, we’ve received many grants and awards for our work with groups across different ages and backgrounds.

Our team also offers bespoke training. Get in touch to discuss your requirements

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