Therapeutic Gardening as a Counseling Tool: Supporting Survivors of Suicide Loss

Mar 30, 2019 11:00am ‐ Mar 30, 2019 12:00pm

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For every death by suicide, at least 147 individuals are exposed, and 18 of them experience a major life disruption (American Association of Suicidology, 2014). Suicide has the potential to affect many individuals, communities, families, and systems. In this roundtable session, the presenter will discuss a therapeutic gardening counseling approach counselors can use to support clients through their grief. Attendees will be able to discuss the approach’s benefits and limitations and share their own ideas and strategies.

After the the presentation, participants will be able to: 

1. Recognize the need for more individual counseling interventions to be used with clients bereaved by suicide.

2. Understand the restorative and curative factors of nature and gardening.

3. Apply a therapeutic gardening approach in their future work with client.s

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