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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThis Land Is Your Land : Toward a Better Understanding of Nature's Resiliency-Building and Restorative Power for Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans, and their Families
    EditorsDaniel Dustin, Kelly Bricker, Sandra Negley, Matthew Brownlee
    Number of pages30
    Place of PublicationUSA
    Publication dateJun 2015
    Pagesfra s. 103
    Article number12
    ISBN (Print)978-1-57167-783-9
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-57167-784-6
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015


    • psychiatry

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