Become an Instructor with MEC

Mindful Mood Management Resources

Are you a licensed mental health professional? You could earn extra income by developing courses for the Mindful Ecotherapy Center!

Instructors are paid 60% of the net revenue generated for every course sold. If your course is accepted, then very time your course is sold, 60% of the net revenue is automatically mailed to your Paypal account.

GUIDELINES FOR COURSE DEVELOPMENT

Use the contact form below to submit a course proposal to the Mindful Ecotherapy Center. We look for courses directly related to mindfulness and ecotherapy, but will consider other topics. Use the guidelines below when submitting a course proposal.

  1. You must own the rights to any course materials submitted. If you have submitted the course to other agencies or organizations in the past, you must demonstrate that you own the rights to any materials submitted to the Mindful Ecotherapy Center.
  2. The course must have a set of clearly defined learning objectives. A good rule of thumb is one to three learning objectives for every hour of course material.
  3. You may submit course materials in written, audio or video format.
  4. If written format, you must submit 15 pages of material for every hour of continuing education credit. A ‘page’ is considered to be about 500 words. So for a two-hour continuing education course you would need to submit about 1000 words. For a three-hour course you’d need to submit about 1500 words, etc. You must own the rights to any written materials submitted, and references must be properly cited in APA format.
  5. If submitting audio or video materials, there should be one hour of video or audio for every hour of continuing education. So a one-hour course should have one hour of audio or video.
  6. If submitting video with patients or other participants besides the instructor, a written release must be obtained from other participants saying you have their permission to video them. If you wish to use this method in your course materials, a video release form will be emailed to you upon request.
  7. There must be some method of evaluation; i.e., a post-test or quiz. The quiz is used to demonstrate that the student has achieved the learning objectives defined for the course, so the questions on the quiz should be linked to the learning objectives defined for the course.
  8. There should be a minimum of three citations for each course. This means that the course must be evidence-based, relying on studies that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals.
  9. If your course proposal is accepted by the Mindful Ecotherapy Center, you will be asked to sign a contract guaranteeing a 60/40 fee split. This means that you receive 60% of net revenue generated from the sale of your course after taxes, transaction fees (e.g., Paypal fees), and any other deductions.
  10. Course fees are determined by the Mindful Ecotherapy Center. You will be informed of the fee established for your course if your proposal is accepted.
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Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Group March 2019

Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook

In partnership with the Fernwood Center for Wellbeing, the Mindful Ecotherapy Center will be offering a Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Group starting on March 21, 2019. Details and registration are below.

WHO

This group is open to all who are interested in learning how to use mindfulness to tap into the healing power of nature.

WHAT

Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy (MBE) is a 12-week program that uses mindfulness to connect you to nature’s healing power. Each weekly session lasts 60-90 minutes and deals with one of the 12 skills of MBE.

Click here for a detailed overview of the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy program.

Click here to purchase a copy of the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook (needed for the workshops)

WHEN

The program will start on Thursday evening, March 21, and will run from 6:30 to 7:30 each week with an optional 30 minute question and answer period after each session. The program runs 12 weeks, on Thursday evenings, from March 21, 2019 to June 6, 2019.

WHERE

Groups meet at:

Fernview Center for Wellbeing
1115 Dunlap Road
Anderson SC 29621

HOW

There are two options for attending. The first is pay-as-you-go for $20 per session, due upon the beginning of each session. The second is to use the registration form below. When you register below for the entire 12-session program, you receive a discount on the total number of sessions (12 sessions x $20 = regular cost of $240), and a copy of the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook is included in your registration fee.

If you choose the pay-as-you-go method, you will need to order the workbook yourself prior to the first session.

WHY

Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy helps to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression while teaching you skills that will help you to live a more grounded, centered, and balanced life.

REGISTER BELOW

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Exciting Changes at the Mindful Ecotherapy Center!

If you’re interested in mindfulness, ecotherapy, or the healing power of nature, you may be excited to learn what we’ve been up to at the Mindful Ecotherapy Center!
As of January of this year, we’ve upgraded the Mindful Ecotherapy Center’s Learning Management System. Our courses now include videos, downloadable course documents, audio files, and automatic quizzes. We also now have an automatic Certificate of Completion process so that when you complete a course your certificate is automatically generated and is available on the main course page of the website. Students now also have the ability to create a profile on the site and to participate on our discussion forums. This means that you will now be able to interact with other students and the instructor online.
All of our current courses have been updated to include these changes. But don’t worry…if you’re currently taking a class with the Mindful Ecotherapy Center, your course materials will still be available until June of 2019. Just be sure to retain the download links you received when you signed up for your course(s). If you experience any difficulties with your downloads, please contact us on the website.
We’ve also streamlined the process of enrolling for courses. Now, from the main course page, you just select the course(s) you’re interested in, and click on the PURCHASE button. After you complete your transaction, you are automatically enrolled in the course and the materials are immediately available to you.
To assist students with learning the new system, there’s a free orientation program that you may take by visiting https://mindfulecotherapy.org/courses/orientation-to-the-mindful-ecotherapy-center/
And of course, if you ever have any questions or technical difficulties, support is always available through our contact form on the website.

Become an Instructor

With our expanded offerings at the Mindful Ecotherapy Center, we are also looking for instructors. To be an instructor, you must be a licensed mental health professional in good standing with your local licensure board. If you have a topic you would like to create a course for, submit a proposal at the Mindful Ecotherapy Center’s website at www.mindfulecotherapy.org. If your proposal is accepted, you will be paid a commission on your course every time your course is sold! To be emailed a list of course guidelines to assist you in developing your proposal, contact Charlton Hall at the Mindful Ecotherapy Center.

What’s Coming in 2019

If you are a mental health professional, in February we will be adding a FREE 2-hour online course in suicide prevention. This evidence-based course contains information on assessing suicide risk, creating a suicide prevention action plan, and a review of some of the latest research on suicide and suicide prevention. It also addresses some common myths about suicide and the actual facts about suicide. Nationwide suicide has increased by about 37% since 2000, so this information is critical for anyone who deals with the public on a regular basis in any health care capacity.
In 2019 we’ll also be adding Ecoplay, a course and program developed by Charlton Hall, MMFT, LMFT/S, RPT-S, CHt for parents and children. This course will be available online for both mental health professionals and for parents. Richard Louv’s groundbreaking book Last Child in the Woods coined the term Nature Deficit Disorder. According to Louv, our children are spending less time outside in the natural world and more time inside watching television and playing video games. Louv says that this lack of contact with nature has created a wide range of behavioral problems.
“It’s a problem because kids who don’t get nature-time seem more prone to anxiety, depression and attention-deficit problems,” says Louv, who suggests that going outside and being in the quiet and calm can help greatly.
Ecoplay is one way to help children to reconnect with nature and to discover that quiet and calm within themselves. Ecoplay is an 8-week filial play program that trains parents to be ecoplay ‘therapists’ for their own children. It is also a theoretical framework and approach to therapy that allows children to express themselves in play, their natural language. Ecoplay allows this expressive play to happen in healthy natural environments. Ecoplay is founded on four core principles: Mindfulness, ecotherapy, family resilience and play therapy. You may learn more about the Ecoplay program by visiting https://mindfulecotherapy.org/ecoplay/
Also, now that we have our new Learning Management System in place, we will be adding a series of online and experiential continuing education courses in the future. These courses will be from 1 to 3 hours in length and will cover a wide range of topics. Our goal is to add at least one course per month, so be sure to keep checking back! If you have any interest in a particular topic, please feel free to suggest it by contacting us.

What’s Coming in 2020

Those of you who have taken the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy course or who have become certified Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitators are aware of the fact that the facilitator training is geared towards mental health professionals and offers 60 hours of online and experiential continuing education. In the past I’ve been contacted by many life coaches and graduate students who have expressed an interest in a coaching program that does not require a professional license. This training is now being developed and will be available in 2020. The training package will be called “Ecospirituality” and will require 50 hours of online and experiential training. It will include a workbook and many video and audio files in the course materials.
Some of the topics covered in Ecospirituality:
  • The difference between coaching and therapy: Avoiding legal liability
  • Introduction to Mindfulness
  • Introduction to Ecotherapy
  • Running a Successful Group
  • Mindful Awareness
  • Radical Acceptance
  • Wise Mind and Wise Body
  • Letting Go
  • Living in the Now
  • Centering
  • Connecting
  • Nature as Metaphor
  • Nature as Teacher
  • Nature as Nurture
  • Nature as Healer
  • Living in True Self
Also coming in 2020 – Many graduates of the Mindfulness-Based Facilitator program have expressed an interest in becoming a certified supervisor in Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy. In other words, becoming certified to train certified facilitators. While this has not been available in the past, we are currently developing a program that will train you to train facilitators. This program will include 100 hours of continuing education in Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy plus 25 hours of live supervision through online video or audio chat. If you have already taken the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator Certification, then the 60 hours of continuing education you earned through that course will be applied to the 100 hour continuing education requirement. If you’re interested in this program, please contact us at the Mindful Ecotherapy Center to be added to the mailing list.

Get Involved

We’re always looking for suggestions for improvement for the Mindful Ecotherapy Center. Please send us your suggestions, comments and feedback on the website at https://mindfulecotherapy.org/contact/

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New and Improved Courses Coming in 2019!

Starting in early 2019 we will be adding functionality to our online course modules. This new functionality will allow certificates of completion to be automatically generated when you complete a course. Certificates will be available from each course page as courses are completed.

The new courseware will offer a multitude of interactive formats, including video and audio presentations, interactive quizzes, images and automatic course completion and certificate generation.

Also, in partnership with the Fernview Center for Wellbeing in Anderson, South Carolina, I will be offering annual certification training in Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy. The first of these week-long intensives is being scheduled now. Look for an announcement about scheduling for these live seminars sometime in March of 2019.

With the increased functionality of the website and the enhanced, interactive features we will be offering for each course, we will unfortunately have to increase the costs on some courses. If you’ve been interested in any of our course offerings, now is the time to take advantage of our online offerings before the price increases in 2019!

For more information on any of our courses, complete the contact form below.

MBE Program Coming this Spring

Click here for an overview of the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy(MBE) Program

I’m pleased to announce that I have partnered with the Stress Management Center at the Fernview Center for Wellbeing in Anderson, South Carolina to present the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy program. This 12-week program will begin in the spring of 2019.

I will also be offering therapy appointment services for individuals, families, and couples at the Stress Management Center starting in the winter of 2018. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please contact Judith Herring at the Fernview Center for Wellbeing.

For more information on what Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy is and how it works, see the information below.

Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy (MBE)

Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy (MBE) is a blending of Mindfulness and Ecopsychology. MBE uses nature to facilitate mindful awareness. 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.

Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy (MBE) is a 12-week nature-based program. Each session meets outdoors for about 90 minutes and is guided by a trained MBE facilitator. The Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook was designed to accompany the 12-week program. A facilitator manual is also available for mental health professionals interested in training in the program.

For more information, please complete the contact form below.

What is Ecotherapy?

For most of its existence homo sapiens has lived in harmony with nature as hunter/gatherers. Such a lifestyle requires a vast knowledge of the seasons, and of the patterns and habits of wildlife, and of plants and herbs and their healing powers. Industrialization and urbanization are fairly recent phenomena on an evolutionary scale. We still carry the genetic memory of our ancestors who lived in untamed nature. Our brains are wired for the outdoors and nature. A growing body of research demonstrates that not only do we feel better when we make time for nature, it is actually a requirement for good physical and mental health!

The field of ecopsychology studies how humans interact with nature. Ecopsychology is a philosophy combining elements of psychology and ecology. It is the philosophy that mental health is contingent upon the health of the environment. Humankind and the environment are part of an interrelated system. We are not separate from nature. We are a part of nature.

At its core, ecopsychology suggests that there is a synergistic relation between planetary and personal well-being; that the needs of the one are relevant to the needs of the other. In short, what we do to the environment, we do to ourselves. Ecotherapy is the practical application of this knowledge. In ecotherapy nature is the “therapist.” In practicing the techniques of ecotherapy, we allow the healing power of nature to work its magic on us. Hölzel et al (2011) demonstrated that meditative states of mindfulness stimulate neural growth in the cerebral cortex in the areas of the brain responsible for emotional regulation, good judgment, insight, and impulse control. Nature experiences have been demonstrated in several studies to produce meditative states (fascination, relaxation, and mindfulness).

Experiences in and with nature, or natural experiences, are ways in which we consciously choose to allow nature to work its healing magic on us. Some types of natural experiences include:

Facilitated Wilderness Experiences

In these types of experiences, a trained facilitator takes you into the woods for an adventure. These events can be anything from a wilderness experience in ecotherapy led by a therapist or counselor, to a hunting trip led by a wilderness guide. Kuo & Taylor (2004) demonstrated that therapy and other activities conducted in outdoor settings reduced symptoms of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Whittington (2006) found that wilderness skills training gave adolescent girls increased self-esteem and self-confidence and helped to shatter gender stereotypes.

Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal therapy in the form of contact with pets and/or wild or domesticated animals enhances self-actualization and can lessen symptoms of depression. Antonioli & Reveley (2005) found that simply swimming with dolphins can greatly reduce symptoms of depression. Other studies have shown that owning pets, or even just watching fish in an aquarium, can greatly reduce stress. Equine Therapy uses horses to facilitate mental and physical wellbeing. There are many other ways that animals can help us lead happier lives, as any pet owner can tell you!

Therapeutic Gardens

Sempik & Spurgeon (2006) demonstrated that therapeutic gardening reduces stress and lessens symptoms of depression. Blair (2009) discovered that gardening can be used as a means of helping school children to enhance self-sufficiency, social identity, meaning, and self-integration. There’s just something very healing about planting something and nurturing it as you watch it grow.

Vacations

Sponselee, et al (2004) discovered that outdoor activities reduce stress and restore energy. If you’ve ever had to miss a vacation, you’re probably painfully aware of the regenerative power of taking a week or so off to spend time in nature. Roggenbuck & Driver (2000) found that you don’t need a facilitator or guide to enjoy health and well-being benefits from the use of wilderness areas. There’s a reason we’re attracted to beaches and national parks!

Architecture Incorporating Natural Spaces

Nature can be incorporated into the home environment through the use of plants, an aquarium, or even recorded nature sounds. Alvarsson et al (2010) studied the positive mental health effects of listening to nature sounds.

Outdoor Classrooms

Purcell, et all in 2007 revealed that outdoor classrooms enhanced many critical factors of the educational experience, including: Enhanced retention, better focus, more attention to detail, less hyperactivity, more relaxation, increased confidence and self-esteem, and better cognitive functioning

A Tale of Two Wolves

An old Grandfather said to his grandson, who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice, “Let me tell you a story. I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those who have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do. But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like drinking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings myself many times.” He continued, “It is as if there are two wolves inside me. One is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him, and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way. But the other wolf is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger, for his anger will change nothing.”

“Sometimes, it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit.”

The boy looked intently into his Grandfather’s eyes and asked, “Which one wins, Grandfather?”

The Grandfather smiled and quietly said, “The one I feed.”

A Tale of Two Wolves, from a Cherokee legend as re-told in

The Mindful Mood Management Workbook by Charlton Hall

The more energy we spend on sensing, the less energy we have to spend on thinking. Based on the tale of two wolves above, we could see the two wolves as “thinking wolf” and “sensing wolf.” The more energy you give to sensing wolf, the less energy you give to thinking wolf. The less energy thinking wolf receives, the weaker thinking wolf becomes. Conversely, the more energy sensing wolf receives, the stronger sensing wolf becomes. By shifting from thinking to sensing, you’re not trying to ‘kill’ the thinking wolf. You’re not engaging in doing by trying to make the thinking wolf go away. You’re simply depriving it of energy so that it may eventually go away on its own. Even if it doesn’t go away on its own, you’re not focusing your attention on it. Since your attention isn’t on it, thinking wolf can’t grab you by the throat, refusing to let go.

It could be said that focusing on what your senses are telling you is a type of thinking as well, and that is partially true; however, the difference is that focusing on what your senses are telling you is a type of thinking devoid of emotional content. If you’re in a thinking cycle that is causing you anxiety or depression, then anxiety and depression are emotions. But unless you hate trees for some reason, simply sitting quietly in a forest and observing a tree as if you are an artist about to draw that tree, is an exercise devoid of emotional content. By focusing on the emotionally neutral stimuli found in nature, we give ourselves the opportunity to feed the sensing wolf.

 

School Shootings – Charlton Hall on WSPA Channel 7

http://wspa.com/2018/02/20/expert-advises-parents-on-talking-to-kids-about-school-shootings/

Charlton Hall chairs the behavioral health department at ReGenesis Health Care, and said the school shooting in Parkland, Florida made it to the minds of his patients who’ve dealt with trauma.

“Because it’s just another reminder that the world isn’t always a safe place,” said Hall.

It’s a conversation he said parents need to have in their homes too.

“[Help children] understand that unfortunately, this is the world we live in now and these things do happen,” he said. “The longer you [parents] sweep it under the rug, the more you’re going to have to deal with it at some point in the future.”

Hall advised limiting how much children are exposed to news of these shootings and leave out the graphic details for younger children, while avoiding information they don’t ask for.

“Too much information for a small child would be something like going into graphic detail about what happened, about how many people were killed.Just let them know that something bad happened, and let the child be your guide,” he said. “But, in the same way be realistic. Don’t try to minimize the danger, either.”

He says to remind children school shootings are possible, but not always probable.

“Assure them that they’re safe. Review the procedures with the school,” said Hall “And it’s important that they are looking to you as a role model as well so if they feel stressed out, they’re looking to you as to how to respond to that.”

And, while at their own schools he says kids need to know making threats are never funny.

“If I hear a child making what they think is a joke saying that they’re going to shoot up a school or if a teacher hears that, or any kind of professional who’s a mandated reporter hears that, they’re required by law to report that,” said Hall. “It’s a very serious thing and can impact the rest of your life – it can keep you from getting into college, getting a job.”