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'Becoming Human Again': Exploring Connections Between Nature and Post-traumatic Distress for Veterans

Recorded in February 2015


Watch the recorded version on demand​ for a certificate of attendance​

In collaboration with Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation


Increasingly, North American veterans are turning to activities such as farming, gardening, hiking, and spending time with animals to find relief from stressful and traumatic military experiences, and to support their transition to civilian life. Some are taking up these activities in their spare time, while others are making it their full-time occupation.

This presentation explores complementary approaches to conventional therapeutic and medical interventions, focusing on stories of hope and possibility offered by those whose transition to civilian life has been transformed through their relationship with nature.

During this webinar, you will: 

  • Learn how veterans are regarding their personal recovery from stressful and trauma as intimately tied to their nature experiences;
  • Explore the deep and far-reaching connections between nature and human health and wellness;
  • Understand how some European countries are incorporating “green care” into their health care programs; and
  • Consider the ways that veterans’ experiences with nature might be applicable to a wider population. 

Stephanie Westlund, PhD

Dr. Westlund is an independent researcher and author based in Calgary. She holds a doctorate in Peace and Conflict Studies, and was the 2012-2013 Global Citizenship Research Fellow in the Consortium for Peace Studies at the University of Calgary. She has been conducting research with veterans since 2009, and continues to be inspired by their courage and personal resolve to move through pain toward recovery, and their unrelenting desire to serve their communities. Her new book is Field Exercises: How Veterans Are Healing Themselves through Farming and Outdoor Activities.


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