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Getting off the Couch: How to Incorporate Walking Therapy in your Practice

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Jennifer Udler, LCSW-C
1 Hour 05 Minutes
Sep 22, 2020
PESI, Inc.
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Now, more than ever, clinicians and clients alike, are seeking creative alternatives to telehealth. How can we safely provide individual therapy in person during the pandemic? Walking therapy – or “walk and talk” therapy may just be the answer to this challenging question. Clinicians will learn the ins and outs of walking therapy. What is it? How does it work? What are the benefits? What does it mean as a therapist, and what will clients likely experience during a walk and talk session?



This online program is worth 1 hours CPD.



  1. Investigate the scientific under-pinnings of walking-based format of psychotherapeutic treatment and which clients it may be appropriate for. 
  2. Categorize the significant elements that are applied during walk and talk, combining movement, nature, and therapy. 
  3. Propose how to conduct a session while outdoors; including seeing others on the trail, handling the various weather conditions, different terrain, and how to use nature to enhance the effectiveness of the therapy. 
  4. Apply 2 specific mindfulness-based strategies that can be used during outdoor and walking therapy.


  • Combining nature, movement, and therapy. Who has it worked well for? 
  • Origins of Walk-and-Talk Therapy. Background, research, and history of walking therapy. Explanation of the physiological response to movement, and how movement effects mood and anxiety levels. 
  • Demonstration of the approach 
  • Creative and applicable ways to weave nature into the therapeutic process. 
  • Getting started in offering this format of treatment.

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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