Ecotherapy for Anxiety Online Home Study Course
- Target Audience: Mental health professionals; Professional Counselors & Therapists
- Online continuing education hours: Three (3)
Nature has the power to calm and to heal. In this online Ecotherapy for Anxiety course we will be looking at some recent research on ecotherapy, on ecotherapy for anxiety, on mindfulness, on nature-based mindfulness, and finally we will discuss some ecotherapeutic techniques for the treatment of anxiety. After taking this course, the student will be able to:
- Define “ecotherapy”
- Define “mindfulness”
- Discuss how ecotherapy can facilitate mindful states
- Explain the relationship between mindfulness and the management of anxiety
- Discuss and describe Kaplan and Kaplan’s Attention Restoration Theory (ART)
- Discuss how ecotherapy may be used to manage anxiety
- Discuss, describe, and facilitate several ecotherapeutic interventions
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Instructor Qualifications and Contact Information
This course was created by Charlton Hall, MMFT, PhD.
Charlton Hall, MMFT, PhD is a former Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor and a former Registered Play Therapy Supervisor (now retired from both those roles).
In 2008 he was awarded a two-year post-graduate fellowship through the Westgate Training and Consultation Network to study mindfulness and ecotherapy. His chosen specialty demographic at that time was Borderline Personality Disorder.
Dr. Hall has been providing training seminars on mindfulness and ecotherapy since 2007 when he founded what would become the Mindful Ecotherapy Center, LLC, and has been an advocate for education in ecotherapy and mindfulness throughout his professional career, serving on the South Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy’s Board of Directors as Chair of Continuing Education from 2012 to 2014.
He served as the Chair of Behavioral Health for ReGenesis Health Care from 2014 to 2016 and trained all the medical staff in suicide risk assessment and prevention during his employment at that agency.
Dr. Hall is also a trained SMART Recovery Facilitator and served as a Volunteer Advisor in South Carolina for several years.
Dr. Hall’s area of research and interest is using Mindfulness and Ecotherapy to facilitate acceptance and change strategies within a family systemic framework, and he has presented research at several conferences and seminars on this and other topics.