'Becoming Human Again': Exploring Connections Between Nature and Post-traumatic Distress for Veterans

1 Hour | taught by Stephanie Westlund, PhD

Course description

This presentation explores  complementary approaches to conventional therapeutic and medical interventions,  focusing on stories of hope and possibility offered by those whose transition to  civilian life has been transformed through their relationship with nature.

During this webinar, you will: 

  • Learn how veterans are regarding their personal recovery from  stressful and trauma as intimately tied to their nature experiences; 
  • Explore the deep and far-reaching connections between nature and human  health and wellness; 
  • Understand how some European countries are incorporating “green care” into  their health care programs; and 
  • Consider the ways that veterans’ experiences with nature might be applicable  to a wider population.
Stephanie Westlund, PhD
Stephanie Westlund, PhD
Independent Researcher

Dr. Westlund is an independent researcher and author based in  Calgary. She holds a doctorate in Peace and Conflict Studies, and was the  2012-2013 Global Citizenship Research Fellow in the Consortium for Peace Studies  at the University of Calgary. She has been conducting research with veterans  since 2009, and continues to be inspired by their courage and personal resolve  to move through pain toward recovery, and their unrelenting desire to serve  their communities. Her new book is Field Exercises: How Veterans Are Healing  Themselves through Farming and Outdoor Activities.

This program is pre-approved by VRA Canada for a 1 hour training session