January 2021 Mindful Ecotherapy Center Newsletter

Mindful Moments Series
In January of 2021, the Mindful Ecotherapy Center launched a new web-based video series called “Mindful Moments.” In this series, the Director of the Mindful Ecotherapy Center, Chuck Hall, guides you through some of the basic skills of mindfulness and ecotherapy.
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Future episodes will be announced in the newsletter as they become available.

Mindful Moments Episode 1: What is Mindfulness?
What is mindfulness? This is the first video in the “Mindful Moments” series, sponsored by the Mindful Ecotherapy Center. In this video, Chuck Hall of the Mindful Ecotherapy Center gives a brief description of what mindfulness is, why it’s important, and how to do it. This video includes an overview of some basic mindful skills.

New Help Center
Need help creating an online account with the Mindful Ecotherapy Center? Not sure how to purchase a course? Having difficulty accessing your course materials? There’s now a Help Center on the Mindful Ecotherapy website!
Click one of these links for help! Registering for an account | Registering for courses | Accessing course materials 

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 deleted the OLD course path from the website as of December 31, 2020. Only the NEW Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator Certification package course materials are now available.
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.

The Mindful Ecotherapy Center will be expanding our online services starting next month with courses specifically geared towards the general public, and not just mental health professionals. The first of these courses will be Beginning Mindfulness, and will include over two hours of guided mindful meditations. Courses to be developed over the coming months include:

Beginning Mindfulness
This course examines some of the basic mindfulness skills, and offers an introductory course in mindfulness for the beginner. It includes nearly two hours of mindful meditations.

Intermediate Mindfulness
This course expands upon basic mindfulness skills and includes advanced breathing techniques and radical acceptance techniques. It includes nearly three hours of guided mindful meditations.

Advanced Mindfulness
This course for advanced mindful practitioners helps you to improve your life through mindful eating, mindful goal-setting, and self-hypnosis skills. It contains nearly five hours of guided mindful self-hypnosis sessions.

This summer we will be introducing the first of three Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) courses. DBT was originally created for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, but since its inception it has proven useful for a variety of diagnoses and issues.

Beginning DBT
An in-depth look at the four basic skill sets of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Intermediate DBT
Expanded overview of all of the skill sets of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Advanced DBT
This course integrates all of the skills of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) into a coherent whole, demonstrating how they may be used in everyday life for success and happiness.

NOTE: Online courses offered by the Mindful Ecotherapy Center are not a substitute for treatment by a competent and qualified mental health professional. The skills in these courses are best used as a supplement to mental health treatment or as an aid to facilitating daily mindful practice.NEW COURSE AVAILABLE
ON SALE from Jan. 1 to Jan. 31!
Ecotherapy for Anxiety, regularly $29.95, is currently on sale for $24.95!
Click here to register for Ecotherapy for Anxiety, a 3-hour online continuing education course

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.

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 CO-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-19Do 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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