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About Play Therapy at the Mindful Ecotherapy Center

About Play Therapy
Nondirective, child-centered play therapy is a counseling and therapy method used to help children communicate their thoughts and feelings through the use of toys and play. Children may not have the complex vocabulary needed to discuss deeper emotional issues. Play is a child’s natural language, and child-centered play therapy allows children to express themselves and their feelings in the way they know best…through play.
As children participate in play, they engage in their own natural tendencies towards wellness by acting out their thoughts and feelings in the play room. In a play therapy setting the therapist or parent facilitates the play experience by allowing the child to lead the play while setting limits on any inappropriate behaviors. Through play children learn self-control and positive decision making.

About Filial Therapy
Filial therapy is a special type of play therapy in which parents are taught to be their child’s own “play therapist.” In this form of therapy, parents are directly involved in the play, acting as facilitators and learning the tools and techniques of play therapy so they may do it at home with their children.

About Ecoplay
Ecoplay is a special type of play therapy developed by Charlton Hall and the Mindful Ecotherapy Center. Ecoplay draws on the 7Cs of Mindfulness-Based Play Therapy. The 7Cs are Compassion, Communication, Control, Choices, Consequences, Consistency and Confidence. Ecoplay is also a nature-based form of therapy, using outdoor experiences whenever possible to facilitate play therapy, or incorporating materials like wood, feathers, sand, seashells, leaves and other natural objects. Ecoplay re-introduces children to the outdoors while facilitating bonding between parent and child in a healing and healthful environment.

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Now Accepting Healthy Connections Medicaid

Charlton Hall and the Mindful Ecotherapy Center are now accepting Healthy Connections Medicaid!

Charlton Hall specializes in trauma treatment in adults using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Sand Tray Expressive Arts Therapy (SEAT( and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children using Child-Parent Relationship Training (CPRT) and Ecoplay.

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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 as a 12-week program to help individuals re-connect with the healing power of nature. The series meets once per week for 90 minutes, usually in an outdoor setting. The Mindful Ecotherapy Center has been training facilitators for Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy since 2012. Now this popular facilitator training program is available online!

The MBE Facilitator Training Program is a 60-hour program that includes the following courses:
Mindfulness: An Introduction – 5 hours
Ecotherapy: An Introduction – 5 hours
Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy: An Introduction – 25 hours
Group Dynamics and Facilitation – 5 hours
Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy in Clinical Practice Part A – 10 hours
Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy in Clinical Practice Part B – 10 hours

All of these courses will be available online in the near future. There are also periodic live intensives. These are held once per year in Upstate South Carolina or Western North Carolina. These intensives meet when enough people have expressed an interest that a class may be formed. These live intensives are 35 hours long and meet for an entire week, plus the 25-hour Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy: An Introduction online class. For more information about the next scheduled live facilitator certification training, contact us. You may also subscribe to the blog on this page to be notified when a class is scheduled.

Upon successful completion of all 60 hours of the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Certification Program, you will be given a Certificate of Completion and you will receive a free listing on our Certified Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitators page.