“Forest Bathing & Forest Therapy: The evidence base”
Donal will talk about the current state of the international evidence in relation to Forest Bathing and Forest Therapy. He will discuss the gaps in current research and the future developments that are needed to strengthen the evidence base for these practices. Donal will review criteria necessary for quality and rigour in this emerging field.
Presenter: Dr. Donal O’Keeffe
Research Psychologist @Trinity College Dublin
Donal is a Research Psychologist with over 13 years’ experience in the mental health field. He is a research advisor to the Forest Therapy Institute, guiding its development and progress in line with cutting edge research advances and advises on an evidence base for the programmes offered. Donal is an international expert on the recovery orientated approach in mental health; with special interests in nature based mental health interventions, recovery in psychosis, and service user involvement in mental health care/research. Donal has completed his PhD in Meaning in Life in mental health recovery in Trinity College Dublin. He currently works in the DETECT early intervention in psychosis service. Donal’s work focuses on mental health service transformation and reform, understanding mental health recovery, and developing and testing interventions to enhance wellbeing. He has a proven track record of publishing in peer reviewed journals and presenting at international conferences.