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ERIC Number: EJ962051
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
Bringing Nature into Social Work Settings: Mother Earth's Presence
Gana, Carolina
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v23 n2 p26-28 Win 2011
In an urban location in the downtown core of Toronto, Ontario, the author provides both individual and group counselling to women impacted by trauma in a community-based setting. Various modalities and theoretical frameworks that include feminism and anti-oppressive methods inform her counselling practice. The approach that the author takes in the counselling role is to utilize nature as a means to connect individuals and communities with the concepts of reflection, process, and transformation. She believes that bringing nature into the therapeutic environment is a form of feminism and anti-oppressive practice. Aspects of nature, such as mother earth, can be used as symbols of feminine energy and have been honoured by many communities globally as vessels for healing. In this article, the author shares a few narratives of various social work settings where she has incorporated nature into practice as a means to provide reflection, process, and personal transformation while connecting the personal journey to a larger social commonality.
Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario. 1185 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 3C6, Canada. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)