Course Listing

Alphabetical listing of current and future courses offered by the Mindful Ecotherapy Center. If a link below doesn’t work, the course is not yet available. This list is frequently updated, so please check back!

If you have never taken a course with the Mindful Ecotherapy Center before, please click here for a brief tutorial on how to register for courses.

DISCLAIMER
These courses were developed by Charlton Hall, MMFT, LMFT/S, RPT-S, CHt. Charlton Hall is a board-approved permanent sponsor of continuing education in South Carolina (permanent sponsor #495). If you are a licensed LPC or LMFT in South Carolina, these courses are pre-approved for continuing education credit. If you are a resident of another state or another country, it is your responsibility to check with your local licensure board for pre-approval for continuing education credit in your jurisdiction. No warranty is expressed or implied as to suitability for continuing education credit in jurisdictions outside of South Carolina.
All course materials are evidence-based, with clearly defined learning objectives, references and citations, and post-course evaluations. Upon request a copy of this information will be given to you for your local licensure board. All online courses and live seminars contain course objectives, references and citations as a part of the course materials; however, it is your responsibility to check with your local licensure board for suitability for continuing education credit in jurisdictions outside of South Carolina.

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact us using the form below.


Ecospirituality Coaching Certification Course

$199.95 for 40 CEU hours of online & experiential education

The Ecospirituality: The Way of the Coyote program is a coaching program for people who are not licensed mental health professionals, but who wish to be certified coaches in ecospirituality. You do not have to be a counselor or therapist to take this course, or to become a certified ecospirituality coach.

Ecospirituality connects people to the healing power of nature using the Way of the Coyote. This 16-week journey towards ecospirituality uses the skills of Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy to teach students and practitioners how to live in True Self according to their own true nature.

Ecospirituality: The Way of the Coyote  Workbook

Ecospirituality isn’t about a particular religious or spiritual path. The word “spirit” comes from the Latin “spiritus,” which simply means, “to breathe.” It’s where we get the word “inspiration.” Ecospirituality teaches us to seek those breathtaking moments of inspiration, using nature as our guide.

The ecospirituality program is based on the workbook, Ecospirituality: The Way of the Coyote. The complete text of this workbook is included in the course.

If you are a licensed mental health professional, this course is good for 40 online and experiential continuing education hours (SC Permanent Sponsor #495).

If you are a licensed mental health professional you may wish to consider the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator Certification course instead, which offers 60 CEUs.

Included in this ecospirituality course:

  • Ecospirituality: The Way of the Coyote – 33 online and experiential continuing education hours
  • Running a Successful Group – 5 online continuing education hours
  • Coaching vs. Counseling: Avoiding Liability – 2 online continuing education hours

Ecotherapy: An Introduction Course

$49.95 for 10 CEU hours of online & experiential education

Ecopsychology is the study of how the natural world impacts our mental wellbeing. Ecotherapy is the therapeutic application of this knowledge. This 10-hour online and experiential course will introduce you to some of the basic skills, techniques and research in the field of ecotherapy.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  • Discuss and describe the concept of Ecopsychology
  • Discuss and describe the concept of Ecotherapy
  • Differentiate between Ecopsychology and Ecotherapy
  • Discuss some of the characteristics of the Green Care model
  • Describe a rationale for the use of ecotherapy in therapeutic settings
  • Discuss the history of ecotherapy
  • Discuss the roots of ecotherapy in indigenous shamanism
  • Discuss Nature Deficit Disorder as proposed in the book, Last Child in the Woods by Louv
  • Describe and discuss some types of ecotherapy interventions
  • Describe some of the research into Nature as Nurture
  • Discuss some research in Nature and Child Development
  • Discuss the Eco-Educative Model of Ecotherapy proposed by Pedretti-Burls (2007)
  • Discuss how ecotherapy facilitates mindful states
  • Discuss some health benefits of ecotherapy
  • Discuss ecotherapy for treating addiction
  • Discuss ecotherapy for treating trauma
  • Describe and discuss some ethical issues of ecotherapy
  • Name some colleges that offer ecotherapy programs
  • Discuss some future directions for ecotherapy

Mindfulness: An Introduction

$74.95 for  15 CEU hours of online and experiential education

Learning to simplify

At its most basic level, “mindfulness” simply means “paying attention to the present moment.”
Most of the things that cause us stress or depression are things involving the past or the future. In the present moment, we can choose to focus only on the “now” of existence.

This 15-hour online and experiential continuing education course for mental health professionals offers an introduction to some of the skills of mindfulness, discusses how these skills may be used in a therapeutic setting, and discusses some forms of therapy that integrate mindfulness with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The course also includes some experiential exercises so the student may try the skills.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • Discuss and describe the concept of Mindfulness
  • Differentiate between Doing Mode and Being Mode
  • Discuss Differentiation and how it relates to Mindfulness
  • Discuss Individuation and how it relates to Mindfulness
  • Discuss emotional regulation and how it relates to Mindfulness
  • Discuss and describe Emotional Mind, Rational Mind, and Wise Mind
  • Discuss the process of Externalization and how it relates to Mindfulness
  • Discuss and describe Positive and Negative Thought Streams
  • Describe and discuss the Mindful Skill of Observing
  • Describe and discuss the Mindful Skill of Describing
  • Describe and discuss the Mindful Skill of Fully Participating
  • Describe and discuss the Mindful Skill of Being Non-Judgmental
  • Describe and discuss the Mindful Skill of Focusing on One Thing at a Time
  • Describe and discuss the Mindful Skill of Being Effective
  • Describe and discuss the Mindful Skill of the Power of Intention
  • Describe and discuss the dialectic of Acceptance vs. Change
  • Describe and discuss Mindful Acceptance
  • Describe and discuss Letting Go
  • Be able to conduct a basic Mindful Meditation
  • Discuss how Mindfulness may be used with CBT
  • Discuss several Mindfulness-Based forms of therapy

Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy (MBE): An Introduction

$149.95 for 25 CEU hours of online and experiential continuing education

This 25-hour online and experiential continuing education course guides you through the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook and gives you an introduction and basic understanding of the tools of Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy.

NOTE: This is NOT the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator Certification Course.

This course is designed for people who are not licensed mental health professionals but who are interested in exploring Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy skills. This course is designed for people who do not live in an area where a Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy group is available. It contains text and experiential exercises you may complete on your own.

If you are a licensed mental health professional interested in becoming a certified facilitator of Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy, you may be interested in the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator Certification Course instead.

If you are not a licensed mental health professional, but are interested in training as an Ecospirituality Coach, you may wish to consider the Ecospirituality Coaching Certification Course instead.


Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator Certification Course

$249.95 for 60 hours of online & experiential education

3rd Annual Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Retreat, 2012

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, MMFT, LMFT/S, RPT-S, CHt 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.

This continuing education course for mental health professionals certifies you as a facilitator in the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy program. Successful completion of this course comes with a free listing in our MBE Directory.


Suicide Assessment and Prevention

FREE 2 CEU hours of online instruction 

Course Description
This 2 (two) hour online course in Suicide Prevention 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