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.