December 2020 Newsletter

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MINDFUL ECOTHERAPY CENTER NEWS

Last month we announced that due to Covid19 and the subsequent loss of revenue from our live workshops, we would be making the decision as to whether or not to continue the work of the center. I’m happy to announce that after some re-structuring we’ve decided to continue the online work of the Mindful Ecotherapy Center.
What this means is that we will be permanently closing our live workshops and focusing only on the online component of the organization. We will no longer host live workshops, but we will focus our time and energy on improving our online services.
With that in mind, we’ve invested in video production equipment to increase the quality of future courses, to add a Youtube channel, and to offer periodic training videos. The first of these new courses, Ecotherapy and Anxiety, will be ready sometime in January. Watch the site for details!


COMING IN JANUARY

Ecotherapy for Anxiety

Nature has the power to calm and to heal. In this online Ecotherapy for Anxiety course we will be studying the following:

What is Ecotherapy?
This module will examine what ecotherapy is and why it’s important.

What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a well-established aid in overcoming stress and anxiety. Natural environments facilitate mindfulness. This module will look at some of the tools and techniques of mindful awareness.

Nature-Based Mindfulness
This module examines some ways that nature can be used to facilitate mindful states.

Kaplan’s Attention Restoration Theory (ART)
Anxiety is exhausting. Kaplan’s Attention  Restoration Theory (ART) offers a theoretical framework for how nature helps to restore positive levels of attention. This module looks at ART and how it relates to mindfulness and ecotherapy.

Anxiety and Ecotherapy
This module reviews some current research on using ecotherapy for the treatment of anxiety

Ecotherapeutic Techniques for the Treatment of Anxiety
In this module we will discuss some therapeutic techniques that have been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of anxiety.

COVID19 OVER THE HOLIDAYS

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The following guidelines are from the Centers for Disease Control

 The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and isolating for many people. Gatherings during the upcoming holidays can be an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. This holiday season, consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe.
CDC offers the following considerations to slow the spread of COVID-19 during small gatherings. These considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which all gatherings must comply.

Considerations for Small Gatherings of Family and Friends
Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household (who are consistently taking measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19) poses the lowest risk for spread. Your household is anyone who currently lives and shares common spaces in your housing unit (such as your house or apartment). This can include family members, as well as roommates or people who are unrelated to you. People who do not currently live in your housing unit, such as college students who are returning home from school for the holidays, should be considered part of different households. In-person gatherings that bring together family members or friends from different households, including college students returning home, pose varying levels of risk.
Organizers and attendees of larger events should consider the risk of virus spread based on event size (number of attendees and other factors) and take steps to reduce the possibility of infection, as outlined in the Considerations for Events and Gatherings.
Several factors can contribute to the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 at small in-person gatherings. In combination, these factors will create various amounts of risk:

Community levels of COVID-19 – High or increasing levels of COVID-19 cases in the gathering location, as well as in the areas where attendees are coming from, increase the risk of infection and spread among attendees. Family and friends should consider the number of COVID-19 cases in their community and in the community where they plan to celebrate when deciding whether to host or attend a gathering. Information on the number of cases in an area can often be found on the local health department website or on CDC’s COVID Data Tracker County View.

Exposure during travel – Airports, bus stations, train stations, public transport, gas stations, and rest stops are all places travelers can be exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces.

Location of the gathering – Indoor gatherings, especially those with poor ventilation (for example, small enclosed spaces with no outside air), pose more risk than outdoor gatherings.

Duration of the gathering – Gatherings that last longer pose more risk than shorter gatherings. Being within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more greatly increases the risk of becoming sick and requires a 14-day quarantine.

Number and crowding of people at the gathering – Gatherings with more people pose more risk than gatherings with fewer people. CDC does not have a limit or recommend a specific number of attendees for gatherings. The size of a holiday gathering should be determined based on the ability of attendees from different households to stay 6 feet (2 arm lengths) apart, wear maskswash hands, and follow state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations.

Behaviors of attendees prior to the gathering – Individuals who did not consistently adhere to social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart), mask wearinghandwashing, and other prevention behaviors pose more risk than those who consistently practiced these safety measures.

Behaviors of attendees during the gathering – Gatherings with more safety measures in place, such as mask wearingsocial distancing, and handwashing, pose less risk than gatherings where fewer or no preventive measures are being implemented. Use of alcohol or drugs may alter judgment and make it more difficult to practice COVID-19 safety measures.The following people should not attend in-person holiday gatherings

People with or exposed to COVID-19
Do not host or participate in any in-person gatherings if you or anyone in your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has not met the criteria for when it is safe to be around others
Has symptoms of COVID-19
Is waiting for COVID-19 viral test results
May have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
Is at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19
Do not host or attend gatherings with anyone who has COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

People at increased risk for severe illness
If you are an older adult or person with certain medical conditions who is at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, or live or work with someone at increased risk of severe illness, you should avoid in-person gatherings with people who do not live in your household.

Click here to read the guidelines on the CDC website 
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OLDER MINDFULNESS-BASED ECOTHERAPY FACILITATOR TRAINING GOING AWAY AS OF DEC. 31
On June 1, 2020 we became an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). At that time we made changes to the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Certification process to be more in alignment with the requirements for NBCC approval.
Since we had students who had enrolled in the certification prior to June 1, 2020 and who had not yet completed the program, we had to create two separate course paths: One for those enrolled in the program prior to June 1, 2020 and those enrolled in the program after June 1, 2020. This has caused some confusion due to there being two separate course paths leading to certification.
Because of this, we will be deleting the OLD course path from the website as of December 31, 2020. Only the NEW Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator Certification package course materials will be available after that date.
If you enrolled in the facilitator certification program PRIOR TO June 1, 2020, this means you will have until December 31, 2020 to complete your facilitator certification before the course materials are removed from the site permanently.
If you enrolled in the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator Certification Courses ON OR AFTER June 1, 2020, these changes will not apply to you, and you will be able to continue with your course work. These changes only apply to people pursuing certification who enrolled in the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator Certification PRIOR TO June 1, 2020.
  If you have any questions about this policy, please contact us.