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Heidi Shingler

Heidi Shingler, MA, BSc, DipC, MBACP is a Lecturer and Researcher in Outdoor and Adventure Therapeutic Practice for the School of Adventure Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands and is a qualified integrative and humanistic counsellor and outdoor therapist based in the Scottish Highlands.

UHI, North, West and Hebrides, UK

An Exploration of Practitioner Identity

Following on from the Adventure Mind conference in the UK we created a directory with Belinda Kirk (Adventure Mind) to identify practitioners from diverse occupations offering mental health services outdoors. We have been asking practitioners to identify their outdoor and therapeutic competence so that we can map their “zone of practice” using the Outdoor Mental Health Interventions Model (Richards et al., 2023). We are curious to see the correlation between self-identified occupation and perceived competence in outdoor therapeutic practice, and how clients and aspirant practitioners select the service they require. This study aims to grow awareness of outdoor therapeutic practices and ensure that those who are running it are safe, and qualified and provide the quality that service users deserve.

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