If you're interested in wilderness, adventure, horticulture, or nature and its effects on mental health, the online counseling program is designed for you to learn the skills and sensitivities needed to counsel clients. If you are passionate about ecopsychological health and environmental design - you will find your community of like-minded peers and mentors here.
Students who have already attained a graduate degree in a field of mental health practice may apply to join the program and work toward a certificate in Ecotherapy.
The Ecotherapy Post-Masters Certificate is a five course, fifteen credit-hour certificate that integrates perspectives from ecopsychology, deep ecology, ecofeminism, ecology, nature-based experiential learning, historical, and current perspectives on indigenous people’s world views, earth based traditional healing practices, eastern philosophy, anthropological study of ritual and rites of passage, transpersonal psychology, and consciousness theory as a theoretical underpinning for an approach to practicing counseling within the larger counseling profession.The application of this integration of perspectives is considered in the context of current wilderness therapy and ecotherapy practices. An emphasis on experiential learning, group work, and facilitation of insight as therapeutic techniques, as well as an examination of issues of transfer of learning will be included.
Unlike other eco-psychological educational approaches this program requires a commitment to application as a portion of practicum and internship, and as evidenced by records of the student’s practice and experiences in the field. Students will be required to document competence in the practice of ecotherapy skills under clinical supervision in a clinical setting as a portion of their training. As this program is limited-residency, accessing opportunities for application of these skills is a significant expectation to be fulfilled by the student.
Emphasis is placed on the transpersonal nature of ecotherapy and the significance of attachment theory in explaining pathology in an ecopsychological model. Students interested in wilderness; adventure venues; horticultural; broad based animal assisted situations, or nature-based settings; and counselors aspiring to consult to industry in the area of eco-psychological health and environmental design will find this program worthy.
Please refer to the Gainful Employment Disclosure
|MAEP51030||Foundations of Ecopsychology||3|
|MAEP51031||Treatment Applications in Ecopsychology||3|
|MAEP51032||Assessment and Interventions in Ecopsychology||3|
|MAEP51033||Ethics & Risk Mitigation in Ecopsychology||3|
|MAEP51034||Research in Ecopsychology||3|
- Clinical Psychologist
- Counseling Psychologist
- Wilderness Therapist
- Professional competence in counseling skills and practice
- The ability to integrate global and local issues with professional counseling practice
- An awareness of the need to cultivate respect for cultural differences and similarities and the ability to apply this cultural sensitivity to the counseling profession
- Identification and development of a personal theoretical knowledge base that promotes an intentional counseling practice
- The skills to assess, develop, and apply interventions and techniques based on the culture, uniqueness, and needs of each client
- An awareness and understanding of how to resolve ethical and legal issues in the counseling profession
It doesn't really feel like an online program...it feels like a residential program where we all just live in different places and come together and see each other every now and again."