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Grief & Nature Online Training

Embracing Nature's Path to Healing:
Transforming Grief into Growth

About the Training

Course Overview

Through interactive discussions, case studies, and experiential exercises, therapists will gain a deeper understanding of how to leverage nature's innate healing qualities to support their clients on their path to healing. Join us as we discover together the profound impact of nature in therapeutic work and unlock new avenues for transformation and renewal in client care.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Grasp ecopsychology and biophilia's role in grief counseling.

  • Discover the therapeutic benefits of nature in grief sessions.


  • Master nature-based interventions for grief.

  • Conduct nature-based assessments to customize interventions.

Course Format and Teaching Methods

  • Live Interactive Sessions: Conducted in a live, online format to facilitate real-time interaction and learning.

  • Diverse Learning Approaches: Incorporating lectures, partner dialogues, and small group discussions.

  • Experiential Learning: Engage in nature-based experiential activities such as nature walks and outdoor mindfulness practices to personally connect with the healing power of nature and gain insight into its potential impact on the grieving process.

  • Hands-On Activities: Role-plays, case write-ups, and collaborative group projects to practice and refine counseling skills.

Who Should Attend

This course is ideal for therapists, counselors, and mental health professionals looking to enrich their practice with nature-based approaches to grief counseling. It's also beneficial for those interested in understanding the dynamic interplay between nature, grief, and healing processes.

Course Agenda:

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM: Registration and Introduction

  • Registration: Participants log in 

  • Welcome, and Course Overview: Introduction to the course, instructor, and participants.

  • Icebreaker Activity: Brief interactive session to get to know each other.


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Foundations of Grief Counseling

  • Lecture: Overview of death & dying 7 principles of the Human Grief Response, and Attachment Theory (Bowlby).

  • Discussion: How these principles and theories inform grief counseling practices.

  • Experiential Exercise: Ten Loves in Nature 


11:00 AM - 11:10 AM: Break


11:10 AM - 12:30 PM: Theories and Models of Grief


  • Lecture: Introduction to the Five Stages of Loss (Kübler-Ross) and Four Tasks of Mourning (Worden).

  • Experiential Exercise: Loss History Graph & Nature Genogram 

  • Partner Dialogues: Small group discussions on personal and professional experiences with these models


12:30 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch Break

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Integrating Nature into Grief Counseling

  • Lecture: Therapeutic benefits of nature and methods for integrating nature into grief counseling.

  • Case Studies: Examples of successful nature-based interventions.

  • Experiential Activity: Grief Ritual


2:30 PM - 3:45 PM: Tools and Techniques for the Road to Healing

  • Lecture: Tools and techniques for facilitating the healing process.

  • Demonstration: FishBowl 

  • Experiential Nature Session: Tree Activity 


3:50 PM - 4:00 PM: Break

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM: Meaning Making & Post Loss Identity 

  • Experiential Activity: Trifold Art 

  • Group Sharing: Share reflections and discuss the potential impact on clients.


4:30 PM Summary & Closing 

Upcoming Class

Course Sart Date
Course End Date
7 Hours
Live Online

About the Trainers

Heidi Schreiber-Pan


Dr. Heidi Schreiber-Pan is a distinguished mental health clinician and the innovative founder of the Center for Nature Informed Therapy. With a doctorate in Counseling Supervision and a licensed clinical professional counselor, she specializes in the treatment of anxiety and grief. As a celebrated public speaker and the author of "Taming the Anxious Mind: A Guidebook to Relieve Anxiety and Stress" as well as "The Outside Within: Stories of Nature's Role in Psychological Well-being," Dr. Schreiber-Pan's expertise is widely acknowledged. ​ Her approach is rooted in the belief that the natural world plays a crucial role in psychological health and well-being. Dr. Schreiber-Pan's transformative programs blend outdoor adventure with therapeutic insights, empowering individuals to conquer their anxiety and find peace in the wilderness. ​ Join us for an inspiring journey with Dr. Schreiber-Pan, where the calming power of nature and expert guidance combine to offer not just a backpacking experience, but a pathway to inner serenity.

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Logistics & Registration


Training Cost: $250. Price includes digital manual to be received at training. (Limited need-based scholarship available,  apply here)

When: July 25th, 2024 -  9:30 am - 4:40 pm

Where: Live Webinar

Minimum Enrollment: 5

CE Details 

Center for Nature Informed Therapy has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7473. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Center for Nature Informed Therapy is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Nature Informed Attachment & Trauma Therapy Training course will receive 6 NBCC credit hours. 

This program consists of 6 NBCC clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements

The Center for Nature Informed Therapy, Provider No. 2022, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: July 7, 2024-July 7, 2025.  Social workers completing this course receive 6 general continuing education credits.


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