course »Creative Outdoor Activities with Children and Youth Involved in Foster Care

Date: 6/6/2018, 9:00 am—4:00 pm
County: Alameda County
CEUs: 6.25
Location: Oakland
Sponsor: Fred Finch Youth & Family Services
Phone: 510-482-2244
Spend a day outdoors exploring, learning, connecting and creating. As with all children and youth, those who are involved in systems of foster care, child welfare and juvenile justice benefit from having mentors to help them access and appreciate the outdoors. Benefits for providers and participants include improved health and functioning of body, mind, heart and spirit. Being in nature helps people connect to and care for themselves, others, and our environment. Positive sensory awareness and creative activities support biological integration, increased resiliency and healing from trauma. Movement and play help us to regulate, develop problem-solving skills, and experience fun, safe interactions with those around us. We’ll walk mindfully; make art individually and collectively; play and lunch together. We’ll talk about planning and practical guidelines when going outdoors with participants, discuss relevant research; and delight in the beauty of the Bay Area.