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ERIC Number: ED374387
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 19
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Counseling and Nature: A Greening of Psychotherapy.
Cohen, Michael J.
This study promotes the natural world as a resource for personal growth. It stresses how nature may help individuals build responsible and fulfilling relationships and offers sensory activities which show how nature can lead people to emotional health by teaching them its "non-language communication." Once participants identify and differentiate their "natural-sensory" and cognitive "language-reasoning" ways of knowing, a coloring task is presented. This task challenges them to express in words their natural sensory knowledge. The task induces stress which disappears when a new kind of language is introduced -- a language which validates a person's sensory way of knowing. This paper analyzes the dynamics of this transaction and examines the technique's implications for stress management and mental health. Also offered are unique, nature-connecting activities which are believed to reduce stress. These nature-connecting activities are then analyzed for their mental health and environmental effects. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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