Poster Session
Issue Date: August 2020
Published Online: August 01, 2020
Updated: September 09, 2020
Eco Therapy and Spirituality in Forensic Mental Health: A Preliminary Outcome Study
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care, St. Thomas, ON, Canada
  • Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care, St. Thomas, ON, Canada
  • Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care, St. Thomas, ON, Canada
Article Information
Mental Health / Translational Research
Poster Session   |   August 01, 2020
Eco Therapy and Spirituality in Forensic Mental Health: A Preliminary Outcome Study
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2020, Vol. 74, 7411520472. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO3510
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2020, Vol. 74, 7411520472. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO3510
Abstract

Date Presented 03/26/20

OT and spiritual-care staff supported a weekly group at accessible nature spaces over 12 weeks for forensic mental-health clients (n = 9) in Ontario, Canada. Outcomes were measured qualitatively consistent with interpretative phenomenological analysis. Themes highlighted freedom, connection to nature, unguarded reflection and relaxation, and strengthened human connections. Analysis of eco inputs in supporting mental-illness recovery has been limited; this study supports that conversation.

Primary Author and Speaker: Clark Heard

Contributing Authors: Jared Scott, Stephen Yeo