Healing Trauma With Ecotherapy Practices

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  • 60 Minutes
  • Juniper Owens, Holden Dillman
This webinar was recorded for the 2nd International Forest Therapy and Wellbeing Summit, hosted by the Forest Therapy Institute, in 2020. Juniper and Holden explore how ecotherapy and nature-based healing modalities can serve to understand, treat, and heal wounds of trauma.

Discuss the basics of ecotherapy and trauma, introduce models of trauma appropriate for ecotherapy interventions, and learn practices and techniques that are specifically designed to assist in trauma work.
This program provides 1 hour of continuing education units.
-Approval NASW-KY #050522. NASW-KY is an approved provider for social work credits through the KYBSW.
-Approved Provider #50-33522 Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Course #20-945129.
-Accepted by the OH CSWMFT Board.

Continuing education requirements vary by state, while many accept the above approvals, please confirm with your board.
Contact Rozlyn@academyimh.com for more information.


  1. Define 'trauma' and its subsections.
  2. Explain the multi-level impacts of trauma i.e. physical, community, earth.
  3. Describe various practices to utilize within an ecotherapy session.
  4. Define the 'LALA' method.
  5. Understand how ecotherapy practices can be beneficial when working with trauma.
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Juniper Owens

Co-Founder, Director, and Social Worker

Juniper earned bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from the University of Louisville and is a licensed clinical social worker in Kentucky. She's currently pursuing a doctorate at Tulane University's School of Social Work. Juniper holds certifications in various therapeutic approaches, including EMDR, grief therapy, and Crisis and Suicide First Response.

Juniper co-founded Bridge Counseling and Wellness, a leading integrative mental health center in Louisville. She has also taught at the Kent School of Social Work, teaching Human Behavior and the Social Environment, and currently focuses on educational facilitation at the Academy. Her clinical expertise includes a range of therapeutic approaches, particularly in the treatment of anxiety and crisis work.

Holden Dillman

CSW, CYT-200
Social Worker and Yoga Instructor

Holden holds an MS in Social Work from the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville and a BA in Sustainable Community Development from Berea College. Holden finds deep joy in serving as a trauma-sensitive yoga and meditation instructor and social worker. With an academic background rooted in understanding how human behavior is affected by various environments and systems, Holden is committed to supporting others as they tend to their relationship with themselves, others around them, and their environment. Their approach to this work is grounded in trauma-sensitive mindfulness, body-centered healing, and neuropsychology. Holden is committed to holding space for collective liberation of the mind, body, and soul in radical community.
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