Thesis subject

Outdoor psychology and coaching for adults with psychological complaints

Evidence supporting the beneficial effects of nature on our health and wellbeing is accumulating. These insights are being used increasingly for the treatment of people with psychological problems, such as outdoor psychology and coaching. On the one hand, using nature as a ‘treatment room’ is suggested to be more effective than receiving treatment indoors, whereas, on the other hand, psychologists and coaches themselves report being more vital and healthy providing treatment outdoors. However,the use of nature in mainstream practices is far from accepted.

We offer three assignments:

1. Understanding the experiences of clients that participate(d) in outdoor psychology interventions;

2. Exploring the image of outdoor psychology among key stakeholders in the mainstream healthcare sector, and underlying motivations of outdoor psychologists;

3. Examining the motives and practices of outdoor coaches and perceived barriers and opportunities, and exploring the experiences of clients that participate(d) in outdoor coaching interventions.

Interested or want to know more about the project? Contact Roald Pijpker (roald.pijpker@wur.nl) (include thesiscoordination.hso@wur.nl in the cc).

Duration: 6 months
Language: English

Start Date: Fall 2020 or Spring 2021

See the project page for more information and the first report based on an Academic Consultancy Project.