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Alda Pálsdóttir

Alda Pálsdóttir, an Occupational Therapist with a decade of experience in the mental health field, working with kids, families and adults. She specializes in somatic approaches to foster self and interpersonal connection, focusing on trauma and attachment. Integrating her expertise in meditation, yoga, and various movement disciplines, Alda weaves a unique therapeutic tapestry. Early in her career, she embraced Adventure Therapy, incorporating it into her practice. Alda has facilitated groups both in Iceland and internationally through Erasmus+ projects.

The practical use of natural elements to regulate the nervous system-from theories to action

Occupational therapist, Iceland

Explore how we can consciously harness the power of natural elements in our therapeutic settings to regulate our clients' nervous systems. While Adventure Therapy can be transformative, pushing clients to their limits, it's crucial to consider the state of their nervous system during sessions. Are we equipped with the tools to ensure we operate within the "window of tolerance," empowering clients to regulate and derive maximum benefit from the activities?

This workshop delves into the intersection of the Polyvagal theory and the model of Sensory Integration. The Polyvagal theory provides a valuable framework to heighten client awareness, enabling them to map and access different states of their nervous system for self-regulation. Concurrently, the Sensory Integration model supports clients in understanding their sensory systems, identifying stimuli for up or down regulation, and enhancing overall well-being.

Join us in this workshop to gain insights into how the Polyvagal Theory and Sensory Integration model can be applied to map clients' nervous systems. Explore the incorporation of various natural elements as tools for self-regulation in therapeutic sessions, ultimately enhancing the overall effectiveness of Adventure Therapy.

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