NOTE: This is NOT the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator Certification Course.
This course is for people who are not licensed mental health professionals but who are interested in exploring Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy skills. If there is no Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy group is available where you live, you may take this course to learn the skills. The course contains the complete text of the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook 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.
Do you enjoy nature? 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.
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-Based Ecotherapy (MBE) is a blending of Mindfulness and Ecopsychology. MBE uses nature to facilitate mindful awareness.
For those of you interested in learning more about mindfulness and ecopsychology, there is an extensive list of citations and references at the end of this book.
MBE is 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.
Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy consists of 12 skill sets. The Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy program is a 12-week program, with one session per week. The skills of Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy (MBE) include:
- Session 1: Mindful Awareness
- Session 2: Radical Acceptance
- Session 3: Wise Mind and Wise Body
- Session 4: Letting Go
- Session 5: Living in the Now
- Session 6: Centering
- Session 7: Connecting
- Session 8: Nature as Metaphor
- Session 9: Nature as Teacher
- Session 10: Nature as Nurture
- Session 11: Nature as Healer
- Session 12: Living in True Self
This course includes a pdf copy of the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook, plus audio meditations that supplement the text, and dozens of experiential exercises to complete on your own in nature. It’s an introduction to Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy for those who may not have access to a program in their area.
This 2 (two) hour online course in Suicide Assessment and Prevention is FREE for mental health professionals and the general public. It 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
There is a 2-hour video for this course, including several handouts and worksheets used in suicide risk assessment and suicide prevention. After watching the video and reviewing the worksheets you may take the 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 two online continuing education hours.
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 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.
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.
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 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
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.
- 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
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.
After completing this course, the student will be able
- Discuss and describe the concept of
- Discuss and describe the concept of Ecotherapy
- Differentiate between Ecopsychology and
- Discuss some of the characteristics of the Green
- Describe a rationale for the use of ecotherapy in
- Discuss the history of ecotherapy
- Discuss the roots of ecotherapy in indigenous
- Discuss Nature Deficit Disorder as proposed in
the book, Last Child in the Woods by Louv
- Describe and discuss some types of ecotherapy
- Describe some of the research into Nature as
- Discuss some research in Nature and Child
- Discuss the Eco-Educative Model of Ecotherapy
proposed by Pedretti-Burls (2007)
- Discuss how ecotherapy facilitates mindful
- Discuss some health benefits of ecotherapy
- Discuss ecotherapy for treating addiction
- Discuss ecotherapy for treating trauma
- Describe and discuss some ethical issues of
- Name some colleges that offer ecotherapy
- Discuss some future directions for ecotherapy
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 Facilitator Certification Course qualifies you to be a Certified Instructor of Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy. The course is 60 hours long and includes continuing education in the following:
Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy in Clinical Practice – 25 hours
Mindfulness: An Introduction – 15 hours
Ecotherapy: An Introduction – 10 hours
Running a Successful Group – 10 hours
This Certified Facilitator Training Package contains all four courses/modules required to complete the training and become a Certified Facilitator of Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy.
Upon successful completion of all required courses of the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Certification Program, you will be given a Certificate of Completion for 60 hours of online and experiential education indicating that you are now a Certified Facilitator, and you will receive a free listing on our Certified Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitators Directory page.