Partners in Mental Health: Veterans, Therapists, and Nature

Presented by Nature, Culture and Human Health

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
3 - 5:30 p.m.
Burnstein Hall, Regenstein Center, Chicago Botanic Garden

The Forest Preserves of Cook County in partnership with the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Department of Anthropology of Northwestern University invite you to a workshop presented by Nature, Culture and Human Health (NCH2). The discussion will focus on how the approximately one-half million wartime veterans in Illinois can benefit from the natural and outdoor resources available in the Chicago region. Come learn about creative examples of successful partnerships between mental health providers and nature-based organizations; hear the lessons learned by the people who created these innovative programs. Panelists include: Barbara Kreski, MHS, OTR/L, HTR Director of Horticultural Therapy Services, Chicago Botanic Garden, John Barrett, Executive Director, Brushwood Center, Ryerson Woods and Lydia Zopf, Director, Veterans Program, Thresholds. After the panel discussion, the audience will be invited to contribute to smaller round table discussion focusing on a variety of topics including: how to foster partnerships, finding resources, and research to formulate best-practices for nature-assisted therapies.