Nature & Health
Research, Practice and Policy Symposium

Dr Christine Lynn Norton – Symposium Presenter

Outdoor Therapy in North America: A US Perspective on Nature and Health

Dr Christine Lynn Norton

Dr Christine Lynn Norton received her PhD in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. She has a Master of Arts in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a Master of Science in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University-Mankato.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Board Approved Supervisor in the State of Texas. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and Certified Experiential Therapist. She has over 20 years of experience working with youth and young adults in a variety of settings including therapeutic wilderness programs, juvenile justice, schools, mentoring and campus support programs. She has taught as adjunct faculty at The University of Denver, Prescott College, and Naropa University. Her areas of practice and research interest and expertise are in positive youth development; innovative interventions in child and adolescent mental health; adventure therapy; outdoor behavioural healthcare; nature and wellbeing; experiential education; foster care support in higher education; and international social work. Dr. Norton is a Research Scientist with the Outdoor Behavioural Healthcare Centre and she helped launch Foster Care Alumni Creating Educational Success (FACES) at Texas State. She is the Foster Care Liaison Officer to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and is the founder of the Foster Care Adventure Therapy Network, an international group of programs and practitioners who utilise adventure therapy with current and former foster care youth and young adults.  Dr. Norton has over 35 peer-reviewed journal articles, has edited three books, and has authored over ten book chapters, and is a leading social work scholar who has presented her research nationally and internationally. Dr. Norton is active in international education and is also a Fulbright Scholar, having taught adventure therapy in the Department of Civic Education and Leadership at National Taiwan Normal University.