The Mindful Ecotherapy Center has been training counselors and therapists in the skills of Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy since 2010. The Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator Certification has been available since 2015.
In our ongoing efforts to improve the program, we became an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), effective May 22, 2020, NBCC ACEP # 7022.
With the new requirements needed to maintain NBCC certification, we have had to make some changes to the Mindfulness-Based Facilitator Certification program.
NOTE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS
If you enrolled in the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Certified Facilitator Program prior to June 1, 2020, these changes will not apply to you, and you will be able to continue with your course work. These changes only apply to people pursuing certification on or after June 1, 2020.
Changes in MBE Facilitator Certification Effective June 1, 2020
The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) grants approval for individual courses, but cannot legally regulate certification programs. There are five courses in the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator Certification program. Until now these courses have been available as a package, but in the future you will have to complete the courses individually prior to being certified.
This is because we are re-designing the course requirements so that the individual courses will have NBCC approval. All of the courses required for MBE Facilitator Certification will be available as of June 1, 2020. The individual courses will have NBCC approval but the certification cannot legally be regulated by the NBCC because they regulate continuing education and not facilitator certification. Facilitator certification is governed by the Mindful Ecotherapy Center. What this means is that the individual course work you do towards certification as a Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator will be approved for NBCC credit, but the actual certification itself will not, since that certification is outside of the jurisdiction of NBCC.
Here is the new process for becoming a Certified Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator, effective June 1, 2020.
There are five courses that you must complete before applying for facilitator certification. These are:
- Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy in Clinical Practice – 15 hours
- Mindfulness: An Introduction – 6 hours
- Ecotherapy: An Introduction – 6 hours
- Running a Successful Group – 5 hours
- Running a Successful Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Group – 5 hours
TOTAL HOURS = 37
You may take the courses in any order you wish. All courses must be completed successfully prior to applying for certified facilitator status. Once you have completed all five courses, you will need to write a case presentation using the guidelines below. There is no required length for the presentation; however, it must address the criteria outlined below.
Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Case Presentation
When applying for certified facilitator status you will need to submit your case presentation along with your application. The case presentation should meet the following criteria below.
First, select one of the 12 skills of Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy and practice is with at least one of your clients. Remember to use pseudonyms when writing your case presentation so that your client’s confidentiality and privacy are respected. You may wish to have them sign a disclosure statement giving you permission to use their information anonymously.
Next, write your case presentation based on the outcome of the session in which you taught your client the selected Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy skill. Your presentation should address the following questions:
- Which Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy skill did you choose, and why?
- How did your client respond to learning the skill?
- What is your client’s presenting problem/diagnosis?
- How did the skill relate to the client’s diagnosis?
- How is the skill you chose to use with your client similar or different to your usual therapeutic approach?
- What are your client’s goals for treatment?
- Did the skill you presented help or hinder those goals? How and why?
- Were there any mitigating factors that might have affected the outcome of the session?
- Will you be using more MBE skills with this client in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
- Any other pertinent information you may wish to include on integrating Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy into your practice.
When you have completed all of the course work required for certification as a Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy facilitator, email your case presentation to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may send it in the body of the email or as a pdf attachment to the email. When sending your case presentation, also send the name and email you used on your account when you completed the course work. We need this information so we can verify successful completion of the required courses.
When your case presentation is received, it will be evaluated. Please allow up to two weeks for evaluation. If your evaluation is successful, you will be sent a link to the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Certified Facilitator Application. Complete the application and you will receive a Certified Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Program Facilitator in pdf format.
If your case presentation is unsatisfactory for any reason, you will receive an email explaining why and you will be given an opportunity to revise your presentation.
If you have any questions about these changes, please complete the contact form below for further information.