July 2021 Mindful Ecotherapy Newsletter

With the quarantine that occurred as a result of Covid19 last year, the Mindful Ecotherapy Center made the decision to cancel all of our live, face-to-face seminars and courses as a matter of public safety. As 2020 progressed, we made the decision to move all of our courses online and cancel all future in-person seminars. This was a trend that was already developing, as our students seem to prefer the online format to having to secure lodging, travel, etc. to attend live seminars.
The good news is that all of our courses are now exclusively online, and since they are all self-paced, there is no start date or end date to any of our online courses. You may complete the courses at your own pace as long as you complete them less than a year after your initial purchase.

Mindful Moments Series
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Mindful Moments Episode 7 Letting Go
Imagine that you are trying to get to a friend’s house, and you’ve never been there before. You  ask  your  friend  where  his  house  is,  and  he  responds,  “In  the  United  States.”  Obviously,  that’s not enough information to be able to find his house. He’d have to get more specific. Letting go is like that. The more specific you can be about what it is you need to let go of, the more successful you will be. In fact, simply completing the exercise in this video may be enough to  enable  you  to  let  go  of  the  problem.  

I’m working on revising the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook and facilitator certification course. Are you a current certified facilitator? Would you like a coupon for a FREE certified facilitator upgrade course when the revisions are completed in autumn of 2022? The new course will be expanded to between 50 and 60 online NBCC-approved continuing education hours and will contain much more interactive material.
If interested,  I need your feedback! I’d like to know what your experience facilitating Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy programs has been. If you click here to complete this short survey, you’ll receive a coupon code good for the entire NEW and UPDATED Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Certified Facilitator Program when it becomes available next year!

As a free service to the community, the Mindful Ecotherapy Center has been providing a free 1.75  hour online Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention course. As this course has been free online for several years now, some of the data is dated. Because of this, the course will be deleted as of July 31, 2021. If you are currently enrolled in the course, you will have until that date to complete the course and earn your certificate. If you are interested in taking the course but have not yet enrolled, please be aware that it will be deleted on July 31, 2021. Any students who have not completed the course by July 31, 2021 at midnight PST will have their course materials deleted when the course is deleted. This course will soon be replaced by the FREE introductory course in Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact us.

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  

As a free service to the community, the Mindful Ecotherapy Center is in the process of developing a FREE online course in Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy entitled Overview of Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy. This free course will replace the free Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention course we currently offer. 
Watch this newsletter for details. An announcement will be made in the newsletter and on the website when the free course is available.

The Mindful Ecotherapy Center’s most popular course is our Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator Certification Program. The handbook that accompanies this course, The Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook, was published in 2016. There has been an explosion of research in the field since that time. We are currently working on a new edition of the workbook that will be available in 2022 with updated research and information. 
At that time we will be releasing the new and improved Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator Certification Program. The new program, like the current one, will be available entirely online and will be self-paced, meaning that you can start and complete the program at any time.
Until the new program is released, the current program will still be available on our website.
If you have any tips or suggestions for the new program, please feel free to contact me at chuck@mindfulecotherapy.com.

The Mindful Ecotherapy Center is pleased to welcome two new college-based MBE programs and their facilitators, Cory Ann Brosch, LMHC, NCC of the State University of New York, Oswego and Lauren Aldred of the College of New Caledonia in Canada. Learn more about their programs below!

Click here to visit the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Program Directory

SUNY Oswego Counseling Services Center
7060 State Route 104, 170 Mary Walker Health Center
Oswego NY 13126
State College Counseling Services Center
Contact: Cory Ann Brosch, LMHC, NCC
Email: cory.brosch@oswego.edu
Website: http://www.oswego.edu/csc

College of New Caledonia
College of New Caledonia (Nechako)
Fort St. James
V0J 1P0
Telephone 2509967019
Contact: Lauren Aldred
The College of New Caledonia has served the needs of students in B.C.’s Central Interior since 1969—and with the inclusion of the B.C. Vocational School, since 1962.
The College region is approximately 117,500 sq. km. (or 12% of the province), with a population today exceeding 145,000. The region encompasses three school districts: #28 Quesnel, #57 Prince George, and #91 Nechako Lakes. College campuses are located at the sites shown on the map.
The College offers a full range of Career, Technical, Vocational, and University Credit programming. Average annual enrollment is approximately 5,000 students. 

My name is Olivia Lewis. I am a doctoral student in the Counseling Education and Supervision program at the University of South Carolina. I am conducting a research study and I would like to invite you to participate.
The purpose of this study is to examine client’s experiences of the use of nature in the counseling process. Additionally, client perceptions of nature in relation to client wellness will be examined. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to take part in a semi- structured interview.
In particular, you will be asked a series of open-ended questions in an individual and confidential interview. The interview will be conducted by one moderator. You do not have to answer any of the questions you do not want to and can withdraw your participation at any time. The meeting will take place via phone or video call at a mutually agreed upon time. The interview should last about 45-60 minutes. The interview will be audio recorded so that I can accurately transcribe what is discussed. The recordings will only be reviewed by members of the research team and destroyed upon completion of the study.
Participation is confidential. Study information will be kept in a secure location at the University of South Carolina. The results of the study may be published or presented at professional meetings, but your identity will not be revealed.
We will be happy to answer any questions you have about the study. You may contact me at 267.629.9198 or ojlewis@email.sc.edu You may also contact my faculty advisor, Dr. Jonathan Ohrt at ohrt@mailbox.sc.eduThank you for your consideration. If you would like to participate, please respond to this email to schedule an interview.
With kind regards,
Olivia J. Lewis, M.A.
Counselor Education and Supervision – PhD Candidate
University of South Carolina Ojlewis@email.sc.edu


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.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
This four-module course will examine all four skill sets of DBT and give practical tips and techniques on implementing all of the DBT skills.
Music therapy has been an effective tool even prior to the days of therapy itself. For thousands of years humans have enjoyed therapeutic drumming. In this course we will cover some of the recent research in using drumming to facilitate therapy for a wide variety of disorders.

As a free service to the community, the Mindful Ecotherapy Center is in the process of developing a FREE two-hour online course in Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy entitled Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy. This free two-hour course will replace the free Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention course we currently offer. 
Watch this newsletter for details. An announcement will be made in the newsletter and on the website when the free course is available.


Ecotherapy for Anxiety
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.

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