Nature Reflections for improving Self Awareness - Kit Kline

Kit Kline

Session type: Regular forum session
Session duration: 60 minutes

Key words: mental health, social and emotional wellbeing, nature connection, reflections, self awarenness, social work

Abstract

Reflections Through Nature: We draw strengths and build resilience from observing nature.Nature Based Therapy is a new emerging field in the health & wellness and social & community services sector. There is much evidence-based research which suggests that Nature Based Therapy can be used as an effective means to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing which include working with disorders such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss and substance abuse.

The aim of this workshop is to teach people how to use the reflection cards as a counselling tool to create a deeper understanding and find solutions to their presenting problems.
There are 28 cards to choose from each representing a teaching from nature.
A demonstration will be given on how to use the nature reflection cards in a counselling context.

The participants will then be put into pairs and will work together to guide each other to working with the reflection cards to gain a deeper understanding of how this method can be used to enhance the counselling experience for both the Counsellor and the person they are working with.

Participants will learn about the benefits of using Nature Based Therapy when working with people who are experiencing poor mental health. It is a workshop that is interesting, interactive and creative that guides a person on how to use nature reflection cards and apply them to either an individual counselling session or group therapy session.

The participants can expect to take away from the workshop a new method for working with people who are experiencing mental health issues. They will learn how to create and use nature reflection cards in their current work practice.

About the presenter/s

Kit Kline, is a Nature Based Therapist and founder of Nature Based Therapy. She was born in Canada and moved to Australia when she was 10. Kit 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 First Nations 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. Kit established the modality Nature Based Therapy, which is recognized with the International Institute of Complimentary Therapies (IICT), due to the success she was having with the people she was working with when she incorporated ‘nature’ into her work practice.
Kit is has obtained both a master’s degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Indigenous studies. Her post graduate studies include a Diploma of welfare studies, Diploma of alcohol and other drugs, Diploma of holistic healing, and cert IV’s in youth work and training and assessment.
Kit is currently completing a master’s of social work with Deakin University.
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 Moriac, 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.