Battles Fought in Nature: lessons learned from nature-based treatment in a forest therapy garden for soldiers with posttraumatic stress disorder.

Dorthe Varning Poulsen, Ulrika S. Stigsdottir

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    Using horticultural activities and nature experiences to aid the recovery of returning soldiers has a long history. An increasing number of practical experiences and a few research studies confirm the fact that it may well be beneficial. A review by Varning Poulsen et al. (Under review) describes the contradiction between the large number of programs using nature-based therapy to treat veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the small amount of scientific studies in the field. In order to increase knowledge in this field, a project was initiated in Denmark. The overall aim of the project was, based on evidence and practical experience, to develop a transparent nature-based treatment program for war veterans suffering from PTSD. The treatment took place at the University of Copenhagen’s forest therapy garden. A qualitative research study documented and investigated the project. The lessons learned and some preliminary results of the study are the focus of this chapter.
    TitelThis Land Is Your Land : Toward a Better Understanding of Nature's Resiliency-Building and Restorative Power for Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans, and their Families
    RedaktørerDaniel Dustin, Kelly Bricker, Sandra Negley, Matthew Brownlee
    Antal sider30
    Publikationsdatojun. 2015
    Siderfra s. 103
    ISBN (Trykt)978-1-57167-783-9
    ISBN (Elektronisk)978-1-57167-784-6
    StatusUdgivet - jun. 2015


    • psykiatri