Experiential Workshops

Creative Expression in the Outdoors: Evidence Based Intervention Designs and Implementation

Saturday, September 28th, 2019 from 9am-12pm

Big Springs Park, Provo, UT.

0.2 CEUs/2 contact hours will be awarded upon completion of the workshop.


Member Admission: $15, membership verification is required.

Nonmember Admission: $20.

Presentation Synopsis

Research has shown that incorporating creative arts into the day-to-day lives of our various populations has an impact on improving a person’s sense of happiness and social connection through creative engagement. Creative expression can be linked to reducing isolation and depression in older adults. Research shows that making art with others can counteract these negative impacts and instead promote increased self-esteem, motivation and social connection, leading to improved health and well-being. This treatment can be utilized and adapted for many different populations. Additionally there is an abundant amount of research that shows the connections between one’s overall health and well-being and the time that they are able to spend in the outdoors. Research shows that time in nature or the outdoors helps to relieve stress, improve concentration and short term memory, and increase problem solving skills and creativity. The research on this form of treatment is continually growing. This workshop will give attendees an idea of how to utilize creative expression interventions in combination with the outdoors as an effective therapeutic modality that would apply to their specific populations. Additionally, this workshop will discuss how to design and adapt creative and collaborative experiences to achieve functional outcomes. 

Learning Outcomes

Through participating in this presentation attendees will gain an understanding of how creative expression interventions in the outdoors can be applied to a variety of populations as a functional intervention. This will include research and theory that supports using nature based interventions as a modality to address the various needs of our population groups.

Attendees will also learn how to adapt experiences to introduce the therapeutic value of creative expression in an outdoor setting to intervention participants. The session will include an experiential component where attendees will learn the details of safely facilitating various interventions that can be utilized for their specific population.

The session will conclude with a processing portion that will allow attendees to experience methods of connecting the physical experience of participating in the interventions to the therapeutic concepts introduced in the early stages. Discussion of how to adapt these interventions according to the various needs of populations will also take place. As this modality has the possibility to overlap with other expressive therapies, it is important that scope of practice will also be discussed.

NCTRC Job Task Analysis Knowledge Areas Covered

Foundational Knowledge


Administration of TR/RT Service

Advancement of the Profession


Deadline is September 21st, 2019.

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