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Doron Marom

B'Shvil, Israel

Doron Marom is a clinical and organization psychologist (MSW), the founder and professional supervisor of B'Shvil - a non-governmental organization which specializes in Nature-Assisted Group Interventions for processing combat related traumatic experiences, within a nature surroundings. Doron has extensive experience in working with veterans, providing personal and group interventions in various natural settings around the world. Doron is the developer of Nature-Assisted Group Processing Protocol (namely: a 'journey'), for combat-related traumatic experiences. This protocol have been practiced in over 200 veterans' group journeys thus far, and have been empirically tested and based upon scientific evidence. 

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Processing combat-related experiences through reconnecting veterans to personal and interpersonal resilience sources within nature surroundings

‘BShvil’ is a non-profit organization that provides veterans’ group interventions for processing combat experiences, where participants' resilience is enhanced through individual and group work in nature surroundings. The intervention is delivered as a 5-8 days retreat, in groups of 10-15 veterans. The theoretical model follows an ecological understanding of trauma and its effects, the BASIC PH model of resilience, and promotes recovery through body, mind, and interpersonal interventions. During this group nature-assisted intervention participants learn and practice emotional and cognitive skills, along with mind-body practices, such as yoga, balancing, connecting to the healing powers of being in nature, and more.
During this combo presentation, we will present the theoretical and clinical model of this intervention, along with empirical data that supports its implementation. In light of this, we will discuss the relations between exposure to trauma, post-traumatic distress symptoms, and resilience resources. To strengthen the understanding of the theoretical guidelines we will practice a sample of this intervention, for the participants to experience the power of this nature-assisted group intervention model.
Learning objective: Participants will learn how to use group interactions and being in-nature, to promote and enhance the connections of veterans with their personal and interpersonal resilience resources.

Our proposed presentation presents an evidence-based group intervention that helps people who deal with post-traumatic emotional distress reconnect with their own strengths, and with others in their social environment. By learning about and practicing the use of their dormant resilience resources, participants of this group's nature-assisted intervention connect with their natural healing powers and experience a meaningful connection to both nature and human-nature.

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