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Wind on the Wires: Building Neural Pathways at the Intersection of Mental Health and Nature

April 11 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


As we continue recovery from the trauma of the pandemic years, those working with young children have noted increases in behavioral concerns such as a loss of focus and the ability to concentrate, lack of motivation for learning, delayed social and self-regulation skills, and low tolerance for frustration. For mental health professionals, it is especially key to untangle whether the behaviors we observe are trauma, temperament, or temporary.

For both adults and children, calming apps and playlists that claim to soothe stress and induce feelings of calm have become popular, many incorporating the sounds of the natural world such as rain, ocean waves, bird song, or water bubbling. The idea that nature calms and heals us was cemented into the zeitgeist during the pandemic when many people sought refuge in the natural environment to heal from the trauma of the time and stay grounded. Interactions with nature and interactions with others in nature have positive impacts on mental health. This training will discuss why and how the natural world contributes to our mental wellbeing and the implications for building healthy neural pathways of resiliency and recovery in young children.


April 11
11:00 am - 1:00 pm