Nature-Deficit Disorder: A School-Wide Response Initiative

As school counselors seek to increase their roles and responsibilities in schools, they will have the opportunity to impact a growing, quiet epidemic called Nature-Deficit Disorder. Students are becoming more disconnected from nature. Since school counselors interact with students in one of the school counselor‘s three domains of expertise, academic, career, and personal/social counseling, they are in a unique position to educate and implement change surrounding nature and children in schools. Nature-based interventions are needed to support the entire school system, consisting of change in instruction, counseling, and parent/community involvement. Thus, school counselors are able to support, advocate, encourage, and implement systems change surrounding nature and play.

Katherine Vasil
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