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.
The five-course concentration in Ecotherapy integrates perspectives from the following areas as a theoretical underpinning for an approach to practicing counseling:
- Deep ecology
- Nature-based experiential learning
- Historical and current perspectives on indigenous peoples' world views
- Earth-based traditional healing practices
- Eastern philosophy
- Anthropological study of ritual and rites of passage
- Transpersonal psychology
- Consciousness theory
The program applies this integration of perspectives in the context of current wilderness therapy and ecotherapy practices. It includes 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.
Unlike other ecopsychological 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. Because the program is Limited-Residency, accessing opportunities for application of these skills is a significant expectation to be fulfilled by the student.
Four required Intensives are an important element of the concentration in Ecopsychology.
- A Backcountry Intensive provides field experience in backpacking integrating foundational ecopsychology counseling theory.
- An Urban Intensive emphasizes Nature-based Counseling treatment applications in an urban setting.
- A Nature Intensive focuses on Nature-based Counseling treatment applications in a natural setting.
- A Special Issue Intensive. Students may substitute relevant external education with prior approval.
In all intensives, special treatment issues, population, and setting will be selected for focus based on current research and field trends.
Students who have already attained a master's degree in a field of mental health practice may apply to join the program and work toward a certificate in Ecotherapy. This requires completion of five 3-credit courses, and successful participation in two optional intensive workshops.
|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|
- $40 application fee
- 2 Essays
- 2 letters of recommendation
- Completed Application
- Current resume
- Official transcripts
- 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