Wellbeing in Nature Practitioner Qualification

Wellbeing in Nature Practitioner Certificate – Level 3

The Wellbeing in Nature (WIN) certificate will enable you to understand the principles of wellbeing, develop the skills of effective leadership and facilitation to more confidently lead nature based wellbeing groups.

The training is suitable for anyone who is currently working with groups who support improvements in health and wellbeing or anyone who has an interest in developing their skills in order to work in this sector.

Course begins 4th September 2021.

Please read the following page carefully before filling out our application form.


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Course Background

The Agored Cymru Level 3 Certificate and Extended Certificate for Wellbeing in Nature Practitioners qualification is the result of a pan Wales partnership consultation of research and development. It recognises the skills and experience required for practitioners offering nature-based activities for health and wellbeing.

With the need for Social Prescribing increasing, this qualification enables those who have responsibility for making referrals to have confidence in the quality of service provided. It aims to give the students the confidence, knowledge and skills to engage with people who have health and wellbeing needs and to deliver appropriate sessions or programmes.

Reconnect in Nature has been a key partner in the development of this qualification and we are excited to be one of the pioneering organisations to deliver this innovative training course.


Course Content

The certificate consists of 3 mandatory units:

1. Principles of Wellbeing in Nature:

The purpose of this unit is to explore the factors which contribute to human wellbeing and to gain an appreciation of the multiple wellbeing benefits that being in nature can have.  It looks at current health and initiatives and legislation, and theories of wellbeing and behaviour change, and how these can be used to inform practice.

2. Facilitating Wellbeing in Nature :

The focus of this unit is on developing the skills to enable effective facilitation and leadership of nature-based wellbeing groups.  It has both a theoretical and practical element and requires the student to develop and run a 6 weeks wellbeing in nature programme with a relevant client group.

3. Sustainable Use of Natural Resources:

The aim of this unit is to develop an understanding of ecosystems and the sustainable management and use of natural resources in order to apply the principles to the students own site and practice. It focuses on developing an awareness of the wellbeing of the natural environment in which the practitioner is working.

*Please note: This course does not teach students the skills and knowledge of delivering the practical element and practical skills of their specific genres.  They will need to have this practical skills set in place or will need to undertake further training.  The optional units which form part of the extended certificate offer some practical training that may be of interest in this instance. 

Extended Certificate for Wellbeing in Nature Practitioners – level 3

For those wishing to complete the Extended Certificate, who wish to specialise in a particular area or who may need to update specific skills the following optional units are available.  These additional units are delivered between the partnership group of delivery partners across Wales:

  • Level 2 – Coppice Products
  • Level 2 – Outdoor Practical Skills 
  • Level 3 – Understanding Nature Connection and Using Nature Based Activities for Wellbeing
  • Level 3 – Understanding Mental Health
  • Level 3 – Positive Approaches to Understanding and Reducing Behaviours that Challenges
  • Level 2 – Participate in land-based activity
  • Level 2 – Participate in water-based activity

There are also additional units in development.

What standard of work is required?

This is an Agored Cymru Level 3 qualification which is equivalent to A-level standard.  Some of the Optional units available for the Extended certificate are Level 2 which are taught at GCSE grades A*-C level.

How will you be assessed?

Written assessments
You will be required to provide a portfolio of evidence to show your understanding of the Assessment Criteria for each unit. A workbook will be supplied for guidance for evidence required.

Practical Assessment Unit 2 (Facilitating Wellbeing in Nature) requires you to deliver a Nature based health and wellbeing programme, one session of which will be observed. The programme should involve at least 6 sessions of half a day each (so could be 3 whole days or 6 half days). Please note that some answers to questions for your written portfolio will require reference/linking to the actual site you will be using for session delivery. 

For the practical delivery elements of the course there are 3 options:

  • You deliver a programme as part of your existing work.
  • If you are not currently working with an organisation delivering nature based health and wellbeing activities, you can deliver a programme for an organisation operating such sessions in your area.
  • Reconnect in Nature may be able to facilitate you helping to deliver one of our programmes

Who is the qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for anyone who is currently working with groups who are focusing on improvements in health and wellbeing or anyone who has an interest in developing their skills in order to work in this sector.

Entry Requirements

  • Age 18 or over for all qualifications at Level 3.
  • Have a level 2 or above qualification in a relevant area OR be able to demonstrate experience of working with adults or young people in a leadership capacity.
  • Appropriate insurance cover and permissions for delivering Learning in Natural Environments programmes with your client group.

Recommendations

  • Relevant 1st Aid qualification.
  • Food hygiene certificate if intending to cook food in the outdoors.

Course dates and delivery schedule

The course commences on 4th September 2021.

UnitDelivery ModeDates - Saturdays
Session 1 - Unit 1 principlesDay 1 , live delivery, woods4th Sept - full day
Session 2 - Unit 1 principles



Zoom 1 - online delivery11th Sept - 9:30 - 12:30
Session 3 - Unit 2 facilitating


Day 2 , live delivery, woods 25th Sept - full day
Session 4 - Unit 2 facilitatingZoom 2 - online delivery

2nd Oct - 9:30 - 12:30
Session 5 - Unit 3 Sustainable use of resources

Zoom 3 - online delivery16th Oct - 9:30 - 12:30
Session 6 - Unit 3 Sustainable use of resources



Day 3 , live delivery, woods23rd Oct - full day
Practical delivery nature based health and wellbeing programme.



The programme should involve at least 6 sessions of half a day each (so could be 3 whole days or 6 half days). One of the practical session will be observed.To be completed by 1st May 22.
Group mentoring sessions2 x group mentoring sessions to support students progress and complete the certificate.To be arranged

How long will the course take?

Qualification TitleCreditsEstimated Guided Learning Hours / Taught TimeEstimated amount of self-study time (in hours)Total Qualification Time (in hours)

Certificate for Wellbeing in Nature Practioners

13

30

100

130

Extended Certificate for Wellbeing in Nature Practitioners
2176134210

Progression Routes

Lateral progression from the Outdoor Learning Training Network (OLTN) suite e.g. Level 3 Outdoor Learning Co-ordinator, Forest School or Coastal School Practitioner.  

For those who wish to deliver this qualification in the future:  Further guidelines on  pre-requisites for being a trainer are available in the Outdoor Learning Training Network qualification guidelines documents. 

In development – L4 Training the Trainer qualification.


Woodland Location

Fynonne Woodlands, Bwlchygroes, Pembrokeshire.

You will recieve detailed instructions on the location and meeting point once signed up to the course.

Note a significant portion of this course will be delivered online via Zoom.


Course Leaders

We have an experienced and skilled team of educators who will be delivering the course. Reconnect in Nature is a not for profit social enterprise and since 2009 we have been successfully leading groups in nature based wellbeing activities. 

Andrew Dugmore MSc – Mental Health Recovery, Phd student. Mental health and wellbeing educator.

Andrew has worked successfully with many groups and individuals, leading people into a deep awareness and connection with the natural environment and each other, helping to improve their wellbeing and outlook.  He is a very experienced mental health trainer and presenter, having delivered training to many national organisations and educational establishments across Wales, UK and overseas.

Suzi Tarrant MSc – Clinical Psychologist, Ecotherapist and Green Health Consultant.

Suzi has nearly 30 years’ experience within mental health and staff wellbeing services in the NHS and in private psychotherapy practice.  She is an experienced trainer and group facilitator in the field of wellbeing, nature connection and leadership development and works with individuals, groups and leaders to deepen our relationship with the natural living world. www.suzitarrant.com
 
Jasmine Dale BA – Facilitator, Trainer, and Mentor specialsing in ecosystems and land stewardship.

Jasmine’s skills include many years of group facilitation, knowledge of landscape and ecosystems. She has trained over 1000 people in landscape regeneration, permaculture design natural building, sustainable living skills and strategies with a focus on deep ecological connection. She is also a qualified forest school leader.


Cost

£850 inclusive of assessments and certification.

Deposit of £350 to be paid by 14th August 2021.

Cancellation Policy

Please find our full cancellation policy here. http://reconnectinnature.org.uk/wellbeing-in-nature-training/attachment/reconnect-in-nature-cancellation-policy/

These are the essentials:

Where a course is cancelled by Reconnect in Nature, we will refund all monies paid to us. In all cases liability will only extend to the refund of monies received in respect to course fees.

Where a participant cancels a course place more than one month prior to the commencement of the course (or where we are able to resell a course place cancelled less than one month prior to the start date) a refund of 75% of the course fee will be made. 

Where a participant cancels a course place less than one month prior to the commencement of the course, Reconnect in Nature reserves the right to retain 75% of the course fee.


Apply for the course

Suitable applicants with the relevant background and experience are invited to apply.

Please fill in our application form on Google Forms here https://forms.gle/oZASZnbnU6rYgzYK9

If you have any questions on issues with the form then please get in touch via email:

connect@reconnectinnature.org.uk