- Target Audience: Mental Health Professionals
- Live, Interactive Webinar Continuing Education Hours: 10 (Ten)
- Day One: Tuesday, February 27, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. PST
- Day Two: Wednesday, February 28, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. PST
This is a TWO-DAY seminar consisting of TWO days of five-hour live, interactive webinars. You must be present for BOTH days to get credit for the course.
Please note that course times above are Pacific Standard Time.
Ecopsychology is the study of how the natural world impacts mental well-being. Ecotherapy is the therapeutic application of this knowledge. This live, interactive webinar course will introduce you to some of the basic skills, techniques and research in the field. The course also covers some of the latest research in ecotherapy, practice with some common ecotherapy interventions, and studies that used ecotherapy to treat anxiety and trauma.
After successfully completing this course the student will be able to:
- Discuss and describe the concept of Ecopsychology
- Discuss and describe the concept of Ecotherapy
- Discuss some of the characteristics of the Green Care model
- Describe a rationale for the use of ecotherapy in therapeutic settings
- Discuss the roots of ecotherapy in indigenous shamanism
- Discuss Nature Deficit Disorder as proposed in the book, Last Child in the Woods by Louv
- Describe some of the research into Nature as Nurture
- Discuss some research in Nature and Child Development
- Discuss the Eco-Educative Model proposed by Pedretti-Burls (2007)
- Discuss how ecotherapy facilitates mindful states
- Discuss ecotherapy for treating addiction
- Discuss ecotherapy for treating trauma
- Describe and discuss some ethical issues of ecotherapy
- Name some colleges that offer ecotherapy programs
- Discuss some future directions for ecotherapy
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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.