Ecotherapy for Trauma


Target Audience: Mental Health Professionals

Online continuing education hours: Three (3)

NBCC Approval: Yes

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Ecopsychology is the study of how nature impacts well-being. Ecotherapy is the application of ecopsychology in a therapeutic setting. This Ecotherapy for Trauma course examines treating trauma with ecotherapy.

According to Pretty et al. (2007), Participants in an ecotherapy study reported an improvement in mood merely following a green outdoor walk. Adams (2005) described a “vicious cycle” of traumatic experiences and lack of nature that is a negative feedback loop. He discovered that the less exposure to nature one has, the more susceptible to traumatic reactions one becomes. Lefkowitz et al. (2005) proposed an animal-assisted-therapy (AAT) model for survivors of sexual abuse suffering from post-traumatic stress, anticipating decreased number of therapy sessions after participating in the program.

These are just a few examples of how the healing power of nature experienced through ecotherapy can help heal PTSD and other traumatic symptoms.

This course reviews some of the literature on ecotherapy, gives an ecopsychological perspective on trauma, examines some of the therapeutic implications of ecotherapy, and finally proposes a suggested ecotherapy treatment model for trauma.

This course is approved for NBCC credit for online continuing education.
The Mindful Ecotherapy Center has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7022. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Mindful Ecotherapy Center is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
All course materials are evidence-based, with clearly defined learning objectives, references and citations, and post-course evaluations. Upon request a copy of this information and a course description containing objectives, course description, references and citations will be given to you for your local licensing board. All online courses and webinars contain course objectives, references and citations as a part of the course materials; however, it is your responsibility to check with your local licensing board for suitability for continuing education credit if your licensing board does not recognize National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) approval. No warranty is expressed or implied as to approval regarding jurisdictions outside of the United States or its territories or for organizations that do not accept NBCC approval for continuing education courses.

NBCC ACEP # 7022
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