Healing Trauma Through the Power of Nature
Event Date: 10/11/2022
Event Time: 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Event Type: Live Virtual
Total CE Credits: 1.5
General Admission: $0 CE Cost: $10
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Casey Family Programs and the Children & Nature Network have joined together to form a unique partnership. When we connect what we know about the negative impacts of trauma with the equally restorative effects of spending even short periods of time in nature, we can recognize enormous opportunities. Join us for a conversation as we explore and spread the word on this free resource—the healing power of nature—and the benefits for families impacted by the child welfare system.
-Describe the physical, mental/emotional, and cognitive benefits of incorporating time in nature in one’s work with youth and families, as well as in self-care, to promote healing and resilience.
-Identify how/why access to nature and feelings of safety in nature may be different for members of historically marginalized communities and identify ways in which this can be addressed so that nature interventions are successfully employed with cultural sensitivity and respect.
-Engage and support youth and families in understanding the benefits of and ways to access nature/green space that incur little to no cost and are sustainable beyond the life of the professional relationship.
-Address barriers keeping child welfare workers, the youth they work with, and their families from accessing nature and explore ways to overcome them.
Speakers & Bios
Francis Mendoza (he/they/sila) is a naturalist, environmental educator, and JEDAI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Accessibility, and Inclusion) consultant with more than thirty years of experience serving marginalized communities at the intersection of race, gender, culture, and nature. He is the JEDAI Section Director for NAI (National Association for Interpretation) and a Certified Interpretive Guide and California Naturalist. As a former naturalist/park ranger for the East Bay Regional Park District and Literacy for Environmental Justice in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area, he strives to serve beloved communities of color, help provide equitable access to nature and engage with Black, Indigenous and People of Color in a meaningful, authentic way. As the Manager of Community Development, he focuses on leadership development and engagement for the Children & Nature Network and connects the evidence-based research indicating that children flourish in nature on a physical, mental, social, and academic level.
Patsy Sellars is the Managing Director of Field Offices within the Child and Family Services division at Casey Family Programs, the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care. In this position, she oversees the direct services operations of five of the nine Casey Family Programs field offices. Sellars has a quarter century of experience in child welfare work. Before joining Casey Family Programs, she directed the social work department of a private psychiatric facility.