Interactive Nature Aspect & Care
Practitioners and Facilitators are required to have at least 1200 life experience hours (personal/professional) with ‘nature aspect’ they are offering interactive activities with, and are required to provide a ‘statement of truth’ identifying and listing their life experience with each ‘type’ of ‘nature aspect’ they are offering services with. *as an example, 1200 hours may look like approx. 1.5 hours/day over 2 years.
Practitioners and facilitators are responsible for gaining appropriate knowledge/training/ understanding of ‘nature aspect’ with respectful consideration to:
- Nature, natural processes & environmental care ethics.
- Individuals’ abilities, hopes, and personal outcome needs.
- Individuals’ holistic safety and coping / comfort needs.
- Spaces, settings, circumstances, interactive tactile ‘tools & equipment’ and information which enhance the ‘nature aspect’ of the experience.
- When combining horses and/or other animals with ‘nature aspect’ being mindful of the added environmental changes, needs, responses, and reactions which may take place.
Practitioners and facilitators are required to remain within their scope of professional competence and be appropriately insured for ‘nature aspect’ services they are providing.
i.e. if the practitioner/facilitator is offering a nature walk on an unmarked forest track, out of phone range and is not professionally trained, qualified, and insured to do this – this would be out of their professional scope; however if the practitioner/facilitator is offering a gentle walk on marked tracks with a friendly pet dog (have a first aid kit and charged mobile phone handy); or are engaging a little gardening with another – noticing smells of herbs and types of insects, etc. on a familiar property – this is more likely to be within their scope of experiential ‘nature aspect’ learning, growth & healing.
For clarity about ‘nature aspect’ professional scope of competence, practitioners and facilitators are required to seek appropriate advice from their professional indemnity insurer and/or training advisor and/or professional association.