Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Coyote Therapist: Nature Connection and Gestalt Play Therapy
by Spach, Daniel L., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012, 124; 1509818
Abstract (Summary)

Nature Connection refers to a deep bonding with the natural world involving qualities of a sense of place grounded in a deep engagement of the cognitive, affective, and sensory parts of the self. Gestalt Play Therapy with children is grounded in the foundational tenets of holism, contact, and organismic self-regulation—and the imaginative and engaging emphasis of play therapy. This qualitative and heuristic research explores the highly engaging, vibrant, and integrative qualities of Nature Connection interventions as fertile ground for effective Gestalt treatment and as a potentially powerful antidote for the nature-deficient child. The intention is to raise the awareness of this deficiency in the field of therapy and to suggest ways to incorporate nature-connective experiences into treatment.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wallner, Lou Ann
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Environmental Studies, Counseling Psychology, Developmental psychology
Publication Number: 1509818
ISBN: 978-1-267-25214-2
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