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NEW COURSE: Suicide Assessment and Prevention

Suicide risk assessment and prevention

Course Description
This 3 (three) hour webinar course in Suicide Prevention sponsored by the Mindful Ecotherapy Center covers some common myths about suicide, suicide statistics, how to perform a basic suicide risk assessment, how to complete a suicide prevention action plan, and how to implement basic de-escalation strategies in a therapeutic crisis situation.


Suicide Prevention Course Objectives

  • Identify and refute some common myths about suicide
  • Identify some of the early warning signs of a potential suicide attempt
  • Be able to discuss some current statistics regarding suicide
  • Be able to discuss some age group differences regarding suicide
  • Be able to conduct a basic suicide risk assessment
  • Be able to discuss the PPI method of suicide risk assessment
  • Be able to complete a Suicide Prevention Action Plan
  • Be able to complete a No-Harm Contract and Action Plan
  • Be able to use the Suicide-Homicide Ideation Decision Flowchart
  • Define “de-escalation”
  • Discuss the importance of de-escalation strategies in crisis prevention
  • Describe and be able to use the LEAP de-escalation model
  • Identify and use some common resources on suicide prevention

Course Format
This course is a webinar. There is a 2-hour video for this course, followed by two 30-minute video discussions. You may watch the video at your convenience any time prior to the scheduled video conference portions of the webinar. After watching the video and participating in both webinar video conferences you will receive a link to a final exam for the course. Upon successful completion of the quiz with a score of 80% or higher, you will receive a Certificate of Completion for the course good for three interactive continuing education hours.

Webinar Video Conference 1 Friday, June 21, 2019 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Webinar Video Conference 2 Saturday, June 22, 2019 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Learning Management System Updates

In January of this year we added a new learning management system for our online courses in an effort to improve performance and make things easier for students of our online courses. Unfortunately, due to ongoing problems and a lack of support from LearnPress, we have decided to replace it with another, more reliable system with more technical support. We have been trying for the past five months to get LearnPress to support their product, to no avail. So in May and June of this year we will be switching to another, more reliable product.
During the interim you may experience some difficulties downloading materials and taking tests. In order to minimize difficulties, please follow the guidelines below:

  • Log on to any courses you may be taking, download and save all course materials
  • If you are ready to take a post-test, please do so as soon as possible
  • If you need to take a post-test before upgrades are completed, please email and a post-test will be emailed to you
  • If you did not get a certificate after completing a course, please email and one will be emailed to you in pdf format

The upgrades won’t begin until Thursday, May 9, 2019, so you have until then to make the changes suggested above.
We apologize for any inconvenience, and your patience is appreciated as we strive to make our course materials better for everyone!
Charlton Hall, MMFT, LMFT/S, RPT-S, CHt
Mindful Ecotherapy Center

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Ecospirituality: The Way of the Coyote

Ecospirituality: The Way of the Coyote

Now Available!

Ecospirituality: The Way of the Coyote

The word “spiritual” comes from the Latin spiritus, which means, “breath.” So originally, that which was spiritual was simply that which was breathtaking. From this perspective a spiritual experience is an awe-inspiring experience. People of all religions…or none…can experience such awe-inspiring events in nature. Ecospirituality can be spiritual without being religious. Those breathtaking moments for me most often occur when I have made some sort of connection to nature. Ecospirituality is the process of seeking wonder and awe in those moments in natural environments. The Ecospirituality Program is available for use at any organization that teaches principles of ecology and/or mental and spiritual health. If you are interested in presenting the program at your organization, training is available for facilitators at your organization would like to implement the Ecospirituality Program, Charlton Hall, MMFT, LMFT/S, RPT-S, CHt also offers facilitated live instruction and consultation on the program, as well as volume discounts on copies of the Ecospirituality Workbook.Learn more at the Mindful Ecotherapy Center’s website at

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Become an Instructor with MEC

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.


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.


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


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)


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.


Groups meet at:

Fernview Center for Wellbeing
1115 Dunlap Road
Anderson SC 29621


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.


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.


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