Level 2 nature based health intervention
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
This course is for learners who are working in the environmental, health or outdoors sectors, or those who want to develop a career in these sectors. It can be for those who have been asked to support green care and other nature based intervention initiatives and may have little or limited knowledge of the concept of social prescribing.
Recent studies bring together evidence from across the UK that shows the multiple benefits of nature based approaches to health. Doctors and health professionals are now using ‘social prescription’ in all parts of the UK and consequently, there is a need to develop an understanding of how these approaches fit into these health developments. Feel free to contact us for more information: email@example.com.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: KMA26
Duration: 12 sessions (over 13 weeks)
What is the course about?
The OCNLR Level 2 Award in Nature Based Interventions and Health introduces the skills and knowledge of nature based approaches that fit social prescribing. This is for learners who are working, or wanting to work, in the environmental or outdoors sectors or health and social care, or for those who have been asked to support green care and other nature based interventions.
According to the Healthy London Partnership, social prescribing is a way of reducing visits to the doctor and hospital (for non-medical reasons) and ensuring that people can take control of their health and wellbeing by accessing appropriate community activities. It treats the whole person, not the illness – not by replacing health provision, if people need it, but supplementing it.
Green care programmes involve the active and regular engagement of the individual with a range of meaningful nature-based activities delivered by trained practitioners to create a sense of achievement, personal responsibility and self-confidence and offer opportunities to learn new skills; by taking place within a social setting they also promote feelings of inclusion and belonging.
This includes Social & Therapeutic Horticulture, Animal Assisted Therapy and Care Farming.
Green Exercise, Community Food Growing and Environmental Conservation are also included when the activities are delivered as a treatment intervention targeted at an individual’s needs rather than for the benefit of a general client group.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
There are two units on this course.
The first unit is: Contribute to supporting group care activities. During this unit you will be learning how group activities can benefit an individual’s identity, self-esteem and well-being, as well as how to plan and contribute to group care activities.
The second unit focuses on 'green care' and what this means. You will learn how to facilitate nature-based activities; how to plan a nature-based activity, intervention or health promotion activity; and the risks, limits and boundaries of running nature based activities.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Amongst many other objectives, by the end of the course you should be able to explain the difference between nature based-interventions, nature-based activities and health promotion activities. You should have the knowledge and understanding needed to plan and deliver at least three different activities for specific target groups that meet given objectives.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a level 2 course and you will need to complete a literacy and digital skills assessment to at least a level 1 standard to complete the coursework. You will need to have a good level of English, written and verbal. You should be able to access emails, download and upload documents, access and use Zoom. It is advisable that you have a quiet and calm place to work.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
We aim to foster a learning community on our courses. This means there will be a high level of interaction and collaboration on the course. There will be lecture style talks sometimes, group and pair work and individual research tasks. You will need to complete coursework outside of the class, this will be uploaded to an online platform.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no extra costs to this course, however you will need a good internet connection and a laptop or PC to access the course and complete the assignments. It is advised that you keep notes to refer back to each week.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
When you have finished you may want to apply for voluntary or paid roles in this field. You may also want to apply for another care and support course, for example peer mentoring or information, advice and guidance.