LIVE Interactive Continuing Education Hours: 3 (Three)
Ecopsychology is the study of how the natural world impacts mental well-being. Ecotherapy is the therapeutic application of this knowledge. Mindfulness means being present in the moment. Natural environments may be utilized to facilitate mindful states, and mindfulness is a useful tool in ameliorating anxiety.
This experiential course will introduce you to some of the basic skills, techniques and research in the field.
Nature has the power to calm and to heal. In this webinar course we will be studying the following:
What is Ecotherapy?
What ecotherapy is and why is it important? This section will review some of the basics of the field.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a well-established aid in overcoming stress and anxiety. Natural environments facilitate mindfulness. This course will look at some of the tools and techniques of mindful awareness.
This course 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 course looks at ART and how it relates to mindfulness and ecotherapy.
Anxiety and Ecotherapy
This course reviews some current research on using ecotherapy for the treatment of anxiety
Ecotherapeutic Techniques for the Treatment of Anxiety
In this course we will discuss some therapeutic techniques that have been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of anxiety. This course includes a bonus Body Scan Meditation audio file that may be used with your clients when practicing ecotherapy.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to
Define and describe ecotherapy
Define and describe mindfulness
Define and describe nature-based mindfulness
Discuss how mindful ecotherapy may be used for the treatment of anxiety
Define and describe several ecotherapeutic interventions, including
1. Mindfulness in nature
2. Forest bathing
3. Nature walks
4. Eco-Art TherapyThis is a LIVE WEBINAR that will be presented on November 9, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
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.
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