25-hour continuing education seminar
Starting July 15, 2017
Do you enjoy nature? Have you ever been camping, hiking or canoeing? Do you enjoy hunting and fishing? If so, you are probably already aware of nature’s power to relax and heal. A large and growing body of research demonstrates that nature is good for the mind as well as the body. Ecopsychology is the study of nature’s ability to heal. Ecotherapy is the application of ecopsychology in a therapeutic setting.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the moment in which you find yourself by focusing on your immediate experience, rather than on ruminations that may be producing stress depression, or anxiety. The benefits of mindfulness as a tool for stress reduction and self-improvement have been thoroughly researched. Mindfulness works so well in this capacity that it has been referred to as the “penicillin of mental health.”
Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy (MBE) is a blending of Mindfulness and Ecopsychology.
MBE is used as a framework for helping individuals and families to find deeper connections in their own lives, and to give more meaning and enjoyment to the activities of daily living. By re-integrating ourselves with nature, we are able to tap into nature’s healing power and to heal the earth as we heal ourselves.
The Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook and the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workshop series were developed by Charlton Hall, LMFT/S, RPT-S, CHt as a 12-week program to help individuals re-connect with the healing power of nature. This four-part training for Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy for mental health professionals teaches you all the basic skills you need to facilitate the 12-session Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy (MBE) workshops. It is the central component of the MBE Facilitator Training Program for certification in Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy.
The first two of the four sessions in this training (Part A and Part B) will be held in the Mindful Ecotherapy Center at 12 Pelham Road, Suite B, Greenville SC for classroom instruction. The second two sessions (Part C and Part D) will be held at the Bald Rock Heritage Preserve near Caesar’s Head State Park in upstate South Carolina. The course will be taught on four Saturdays in July and August. Each of these four sessions is a stand-alone CEU opportunity offering 6.25 hours of continuing education for a total of 25 hours of education. Certificates of completion good for 6.25 hours will be awarded at each session. You do not have to attend all four seminars in order to get credit for any of the seminars.
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CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ALL FOUR SEMINARS AT ONCE FOR $200
A savings of over $40 when you register for all four seminars in advance (no refunds if you cannot make the seminars except in case of extreme emergency)
Session schedule is as follows:
Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy in Clinical Practice Part A
Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wise Mind and Wise Body
Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy in Clinical Practice Part B
Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Living in the Now
Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy in Clinical Practice Part C
Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Nature as Metaphor
Nature as Teacher
Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy in Clinical Practice Part D
Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Nature as Nurture
Nature as Healer
Living in True Self
HOW TO DRESS:
The first two seminars are held indoors, so dress comfortably. The second two seminars are held outdoors. Dress casually for hiking trails. Comfortable dress and sturdy boots and/or walking shoes. You may also wish to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, hats, and water bottles.
WHAT TO BRING:
The first two sessions, in July, will be held indoors. The next two, in August, will be held at Bald Rock Heritage Preserve near Greenville, SC (see directions below). You may wish to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, notebook, pens or pencils, water bottles, snacks (like trail mix, etc.) and a portable chair or blanket for sitting. Bald Rock is a granite outcropping, so be aware that if you don’t bring a chair or blanket you will be sitting on granite for the duration of the 6.25 hour session!
Lunch is not provided. The first two sessions will be held in downtown Greenville at 12 Pelham Road, and there are several restaurants within easy access for our one-hour lunch break. The second two sessions will be held at Bald Rock near Caesar’s Head State Park. The only easily accessible restaurant in the area is the Mountain House Restaurant. If you would prefer not to join us for lunch at the Mountain House, it is recommended that you bring a bag lunch.
In case of light rain, the outdoor workshops in August will continue, so please bring appropriate rain gear and/or an umbrella. In case of inclement weather (thunderstorms, etc.) make-up days will be scheduled in September.
The first two seminars (July 15 and July 29) will be held at the Mindful Ecotherapy Center at 12 Pelham Road, Suite B, Greenville SC.
Directions are below.
The last two sessions (August 12 and August 26) will be held at the Bald Rock Heritage Preserve off of Highway 276 near Caesar’s Head State Park. Directions are below.
When you arrive at the park, walk across the bridge onto the rock. The Facilitator, Chuck Hall, will be wearing a tie-dyed t-shirt.
The Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook
The Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator Manual
(The text of the workbook is contained within the facilitator manual, so there is no need to purchase both books. If you intend to pursue certification as a facilitator, you may wish to purchase the facilitator manual, which contains tips and instructions on how to run a successful group).
There are 6 scholarships available for interested participants. If you are awarded a scholarship you get free tuition for any of the four seminars you assist in, plus a free copy of the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook. Scholarship recipients will be assigned light duties assisting the instructor during each workshop. Scholarship recipients also receive free continuing education credit for each session attended.
You may register here on the website for payment. If you would prefer to pay by mail, please send a check for $200 payable to Charlton Hall to the following address:
Mindful Ecotherapy Center
PO Box 102
Cleveland SC 29635
THIS SEMINAR SERIES IS PRE-REGISTER ONLY! TICKETS NOT AVAILABLE ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT!
Registration closes on July 10, 2017 at midnight. Please send your payment in before this time! Any payments not received by the deadline will not insure registration!
CERTIFICATION IN MINDFULNESS-BASED ECOTHERAPY
The Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy in Clinical Practice series is a requirement for certification in MBE. The full list of requirements for certifications is as follows:
The MBE Facilitator Training Program is a 50-hour program that includes the following courses:
Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy in Clinical Practice – 25 hours (Parts A-D)
Mindfulness: An Introduction – 10 hours
Ecotherapy: An Introduction – 10 hours
Group Dynamics and Facilitation – 5 hours