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.
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. These courses are listed below.
NOTE: Individual course work for each course is NBCC-approved; however, NBCC does not grant or regulate facilitator certification. Facilitator certification is regulated by the Mindful Ecotherapy Center. What this means is that you may count the individual course work for continuing education for institutions that recognize NBCC approval, but the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator Certification is not regulated by NBCC. Any questions concerning facilitator certification should be addressed to the Mindful Ecotherapy Center.
Coursework for MBE Certification
There are five courses that you must complete before applying for facilitator certification. The individual course work for each course is approved by NBCC, and upon completing each course you will receive a Certificate of Completion for each course.
These course requirements are:
- Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy in Clinical Practice – 15 hours
- Mindfulness: An Introduction – 6 hours
- Ecotherapy: An Introduction – 6 hours
- Group Process in Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy – 10 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, click here for the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Certified Facilitator Application. The application contains form fields for you to answer all ten of the questions listed above. You may find it helpful to write out your case presentation ahead of time, then cut and paste your responses to each question on the application.
When you apply you will also be asked if you would like a FREE listing in our Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Certified Facilitators Directory. This is a free service that we provide to all graduates of the program.
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 Certified Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Program Facilitator Certificate 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.