How does your environment affect your overall wellbeing? Did you know that being in nature not only reduces stress, but can also boost immune activity? Additionally, a growing number of researchers and human service professionals believe that many issues facing people today - issues that include depression, anxiety and stress - are due, in part, to our separation from nature.
Nature-Based Therapeutics, or NBT, focuses on the healing power of nature through interactions with plants, animals and natural landscapes. Through research, courses and products, the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing is working to advance this emerging field.
As this field expands, the Center will play an important role in convening leading experts and researchers. Hospital patients recover faster when they can view nature. Working with plants or animals can improve concentration, encourage relaxation, and improve self-esteem. Digging in rich, black soil just feels good. But why? The emerging field called Nature-Based Therapeutics (NBT), which includes, but isn’t limited to, therapeutic horticulture, restorative environments, facilitated green exercise, care farming, healing gardens, and animal-assisted interactions, focuses on the healing power of nature. The environment plays a critical role in your overall wellbeing, and a growing number of researchers and human service professionals believe that many issues facing people today - issues that include depression, anxiety and stress - are due, in part, to our separation from nature.
Our nature-based therapeutics courses are divided into three areas: therapeutic horticulture, animal-assisted interactions and therapeutic landscape design. Students can apply courses towards the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices or towards another degree.
|Course ID||Course Name||Credits|
|CSPH 1101||Self, Society, and Environment: An Interconnected Worldview||3|
|CSPH 5000||Nature Rx: People, Plants, and Planetary Health||3|
|CSPH 5401||People, Plants, and Drugs: Introduction to Ethnopharmacology||3|
|CSPH 5421||Botanical Medicines in Integrative Healthcare||3|
|CSPH 5423||Botanical Medicines: Foundations and Practical Applications||1|
|CSPH 5503||Fundamentals of Aromatherapy||1|
|CSPH 5521||Therapeutic Landscapes||3|
|CSPH 5522||Intro to Therapeutic Horticulture: Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes||3|
|CSPH 5641||Animals in Health Care: The Healing Dimensions of Human/Animal Relationships||3|
|CSPH 5642||Nature Heals: An Introduction to Nature-Based Therapeutics||3|
|CSPH 5643||Horse as Teacher: Equine-Assisted Services (EAS)||3|
|CSPH 5711||Optimal Healing Environments||3|