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The Healing Power of Connection and Nature

City of Darebin - Families, Youth and Children

Tuesday, 28 April 2020 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (AEST)

The Healing Power of Connection and Nature

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You are invited to attend a session presented by the internationally renowned Nature consultant - Niki Buchan –International Educational Consultant

The Healing Power of Connection and Nature

How educators can support children with mental health issues and make a difference

With a growing concern in the rise in mental health issues in even very young children, educators are increasingly looking for support in dealing with children with diagnosed and undiagnosed issues which may lead to a range of 'challenging behaviours' at home and in the class. Trauma, Anxiety, PTSD, Depression, ADHD are more prevalent in society than realised and currently diagnosed, educators are in a position to make a big difference in the lives of these children.

We will explore how some mental health issues can be transferred from one generation to another, how 'challenging behaviours' could be the child's way of communicating and asking for help and how adults can gently support and work towards healing these children through a combination of nature and a strong nurturing connection.

Niki Buchan –International Educational Consultant

Niki Buchan is anInternational Educational Consultant with 37 years’ experience in the early childhood profession. She founded natural childcare settings in South Africa, helped to develop and was Head of Scotland’s first Nature Kindergarten and now supports Bush schools in Australia. A popular author and keynote speaker recognised as an outspoken advocate for children’s right to a high-quality childhood, she is considered a leading voice in promoting Nature-based practice. Niki believes all children have a right to regular access to nature and to learn in a way that is natural to them.

She works internationally as a conference keynote speaker, nature pedagogue, mentor and author and has been invited to work in the UK, USA, Canada, Iceland, Sweden, South Korea, China, New Zealand, Norway, Denmark and South Africa.  Niki has developed a reputation as a strong advocate for children’s right to a high-quality childhood with a deep concern about children’s mental health and trauma. She trusts children as being capable and competent and believes children have a right to regular access to nature and to have their voices heard in matters that affect them. She is considered a leading voice in promoting Nature-based practice and is the author of “Children in Wild Nature”, “A Practical Approach to Nature-based Practice” , “Adventurous Play” and STEM Detectives.

 Niki is the mother of four adult children, an adventurer, keen photographer, seldom seen without a camera in her hand and is usually surrounded by children!

 Website: www.naturallearning.net.au


 

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Keon Park Children's Hub
1-7 Dole Ave
Keon Park, victoria 3073
Australia

Tuesday, 28 April 2020 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (AEST)


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