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Talks & Workshops

Talks & Workshops

 

Parenting With Nature in Mind with Thomas Doherty

When: Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Time: 5-7pm
Where: Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus, South Chapel
Cost: Individual or couple (no CEUs/PDUs): $10 Individual with 2 CEUs or PDUs: $30

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Join Thomas Doherty, director of the Ecopsychology program at Lewis & Clark, for a public dialogue on the importance of nature in child development and ways families can cope with environmental issues. Through presentation of research findings, guided discussion and dialogue, the group will explore how parents can foster their and their children’s environmental identities, in a way that fits with their culture, diversity and other values. Thomas will also describe ways to create opportunities for children to have safe, transcendent experiences in the outdoors that promote an ecological sense of self and interdependence with the web of life.

Part of Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling College's 2013-2014 Workshop Series.

See the blog for more details. 

 

4-day Conservation Psychology Institute (CPI) October 2012

When: October 15-18, 2013
Where: San Diego, CA

Thomas Doherty will be facilitating a 4-day training on behalf of Antioch University New England who has joined together with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and San Diego Zoo Global to run an intensive 4-day Conservation Psychology Institute (CPI). The Institute is designed for professionals in museums, zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens, nature centers, environmental advocacy, media, and other sectors with broad public engagement opportunities. The 4-day course offers an opportunity to learn from an internationally recognized team of faculty about relevant psychological theories and strategies for changing behavior supportive of environmental and human well-being. Faculty will include Wesley Schultz, Thomas J. Doherty, and Corrin LaCombe. The goal of the CPI is to equip participants with knowledge and skills in the fields of conservation psychology, environmental psychology and ecopsychology to effectively bring about environmental behavior change via work in their own institutions and sectors.

See the blog for more details and enrollment. 

 

Mindfulness and Sustainability: Zen practices for a resilient self and planet With Thomas Doherty and Gregory Hill

Date: Saturday, April 20th, 2013
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple Zen Community of Oregon
                6401 NE 10th Avenue Portland, OR 97211

Details: $65 Includes vegetarian/vegan lunch
              Full description and schedule of events pdf

We will explore the intersections of personal and environmental sustainability in the light of Zen Buddhist teaching and practice. Participants will work to recognize, validate, and celebrate their perceptions and emotions regarding the natural environment, nurture themselves, and engage in grounded action that manifests their unique sustainability visions.The day will also have an introduction to mindfulness meditation and guided meditation sessions.

Co-sponsored by the Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate Program at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School and Zen Community of Oregon

For more information and to register: zendust.org/heartofwisdom

Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate Info Session

Date: November 6th, 2012
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm 
Location: Lewis & Clark - Graduate Campus, South Chapel 

Please join us for an Information Session to learn more about Lewis & Clark’s Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate program. The Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate explores the relationships between mental health, well-being and the natural environment and ways in which counseling psychologists can contribute to conservation and sustainability. Students and faculty in the program will be there to share their work and answer questions of prospective students. If you are unable to attend this Information Session but are interested in this certificate program, please contact the Center for Community Engagement at 503-768-6040 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

4-day Conservation Psychology Institute (CPI) October 2012

When: October 13-16 2012
Where: Pittsburgh, PA

Thomas Doherty will be facilitating a week long training for the Conservation Psychology Institute (CPI) in Pittsburgh, PA. Antioch University New England and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens have joined together to run an intensive 4-day Conservation Psychology Institute (CPI) designed for professionals in museum, zoo, aquarium, botanic garden, nature center, environmental advocacy, media, and other sectors with broad public engagement opportunities to learn from an internationally recognized team of faculty about relevant psychological theories and strategies for changing behavior for environmental and human well-being.The goal of the CPI is to equip participants with knowledge and skills in the fields of conservation psychology, environmental psychology and ecopsychology to effectively bring about environmental behavior change via work in their own institutions and sectors.

See the blog for more details and enrollment. 

Conservation Psychology Summer Institute, Antioch University New England

When: June 23-27, 2012
Where: Antioch University New England, Keene, NH

This 5-day summer intensive program brings together scholars, students, professionals and a gifted psychology and organizational development faculty to explore how the tools of psychology can be used in a wide range of effective conservation and sustainability practices. Participants will gain a better understanding of the complex social, emotional, cognitive, behavioral and experiential dynamics inherent to conservation issues and effective strategies for sustainability leadership.

Topics to be covered include the determinants of diverse environmental worldviews and behaviors; ways to understand and work with emotional responses to environmental issues; and design of effective educational, behavior change and organizational leadership initiatives. Students will be guided to applying psychological perspectives to work in contexts such as conservation biology; environmental education programs; zoos, aquariums and museums; climate change mitigation or adaptation programs; resource management and land use planning; municipal sustainability programs; green business and organizations; and in private and public sphere environmental advocacy.

The course includes small group learning, individual mentoring, real-world case studies and field experiences.

See the blog for more details and enrollment.

Mindfulness and Sustainability: Zen practices for a resilient self and planet With Thomas Doherty and Gregory Hill

Mindfulness and Sustainability: Zen practices for a resilient self and planet With Thomas Doherty and Gregory Hill

Thomas delivered an introduction to mindfulness meditation and guided meditation sessions with Gregory Hill on Saturday, June 9th, 2012 at Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple of the Zen Community of Oregon. Partcicpants explored the intersections of personal and environmental sustainability in the light of Zen Buddhist teaching and practice.

Participants also worked to recognize, validate, and celebrate their perceptions and emotions regarding the natural environment, nurture themselves, and engage in grounded action that manifests their unique sustainability visions.

Saturday, June 9th, 2012
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Six CEU credits

Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple
Zen Community of Oregon
6401 NE 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97211

Co-sponsored by the Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate Program at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School and Zen Community of Oregon

See the blog for more details.

 

Climate Change Panel at the Open Forum Portland Climate Change Event

Thomas spoke on a Climate Change Panel at the Open Forum Portland Climate Change Event on Saturday June 2, 2012.

Thomas joined climate scientists, mental health experts and environmental change agents to discuss the topic: In what ways can the challenges of a warming planet lead to transformation?

Saturday June 2nd, 2:30-5:30pm
Portland State University
SMSU Smith Memorial Student Union
238 Browsing Lounge

See the blog for more details 

 

The Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise: Report from Climate Workshop Released

The Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise: Report from Climate Workshop Released

Thomas participated in a Workshop on Climate Communication January 19-21, 2012 at the Ross School of Business at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

The Erb Institute and the Union of Concerned Scientists gathered 90 leading scholars, business leaders, policy makers, advocates, religious leaders and journalists at U of M to explore how better to communicate climate science to a skeptical public and mobilize progress.

This summary report distills the collective wisdom of that landmark two-day event. Please read the report and share it with those who you think may benefit from its insights.

               +Increasing Public Understanding of Climate Risks & Choices: Learning from Social Science Research and Practice pdf 

See the blog for more details.

 

Yale Climate and Energy Institute Workshop

Thomas Doherty took part in the Yale Climate and Energy Institute Workshop: Scenario Planning for Solar Radiation Management, a 1.5 day workshop sponsored by the Yale Climate & Energy Institute in New Haven, Connecticut on September 9-10, 2011. The event was co-sponsored by CIGI (The Centre for International Governance Innovation) and YCELP (The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy).

The workshop focused on geoengineering strategies which attempt to manage the amount of solar energy reaching the earth, particularly by dispersing particles into the stratosphere. Solar-shading proposals, some of which could be implemented fairly quickly and with relatively few resources, exemplify both the promise and the problem of geoengineering. By their very nature, such strategies are intended to have dramatic global effects, and therefore can only be understood in light of an immensely complicated scientific, political, regulatory and ethical environment which must be considered from multiple perspectives at once.

Invitations were extended not only to climate scientists, ethicists, and international lawyers, but to defense experts, environmental psychologists, mitigation and adaptation experts, sociologists, historians, political scientists, agricultural biologists and others.

See the blog for more details. 

 

Conservation Psychology Summer Institute, Antioch University New England

When: July 25-29, 2011
Where: Antioch University New England, Keene, NH

This week long summer intensive program brings together scholars, students, professionals and a gifted psychology and organizational development faculty to explore how the tools of psychology can be used in a wide range of effective conservation and sustainability practices. Participants will gain a better understanding of the complex social, emotional, cognitive, behavioral and experiential dynamics inherent to conservation issues and effective strategies for sustainability leadership.

Topics to be covered include the determinants of diverse environmental worldviews and behaviors; ways to understand and work with emotional responses to environmental issues; and design of effective educational, behavior change and organizational leadership initiatives. Students will be guided to applying psychological perspectives to work in contexts such as conservation biology; environmental education programs; zoos, aquariums and museums; climate change mitigation or adaptation programs; resource management and land use planning; municipal sustainability programs; green business and organizations; and in private and public sphere environmental advocacy.

The course includes small group learning, individual mentoring, real-world case studies and field experiences.

See the blog for more details and enrollment.

 

Antioch Alumni Talks :: Seattle, WA & Portland, OR

Thomas Doherty is a graduate of Antioch University New England (Psy.D., 2002) and spoke to the Northwest of alumni of Antioch University at two events in Seattle and Portland.

Seattle – Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Cambridge Room
Warwick Hotel
401 Lenora Street
Seattle, WA 98121
6-8 pm

Portland – Thursday, June 9, 2011
The Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center
The Natural Capital Center
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
6-8 pm

Green Building Services Inc. (GBS) Talk

Thomas Doherty will address the annual shareholders meeting of Green Building Services Inc. (GBS) on the topics of Ecopsychology and sustainability as it applies to the work of green building professionals.

When: Wednesday May 18
Where: Portland, OR

Earth Day 2011 at Esalen

Master of Two Worlds:
Manifesting Personal Sustainability in Your Life and Work

In this Earth Day workshop over the weekend of April 22-24, Thomas shared practices that he uses in his ecopsychology practice to help individuals recognize and validate their emotions about the current environmental situation, develop practices of mindfulness and acceptance, nurture themselves, celebrate their connections to the natural world, and most importantly, to engage in grounded action that manifests their unique sustainability vision and avoids burnout over the long haul. Thomas showed how the Master of Two Worlds (M2W) model can support agents of change who carry a vision of sustainability and who labor daily to foster their vision in their families, organizations, and communities.

See the blog for more details, enrollment, CEU availability, and reservations information (accommodations & pricing)

+ Slides from Earth Day at Esalen pdf

PSU Social Sustainability Colloquium

In this talk delivered at Portland State University, "Varieties Of Environmental Identity: Thoughts On Psychology And Sustainability," Thomas Doherty provides an overview of psychological perspectives on the natural environment and sustainability, including stories of his work in ecopsychology and the development of the Ecopsychology journal.

His talk focuses on moving beyond either-or conceptions of environmental identity toward an appreciation of a diversity of environmental world views, and how this can help us understand vulnerabilities to the psychological impacts of issues like global climate change and inform the design of pragmatic and innovative sustainability initiatives.

Portland State University Campus Urban Center Building Room 204
Date:
Friday, April 15
Time: 2 - 4pm

+ Watch the recorded video stream 
   (Talk begins at 9:44 mark. Advance progress bar and allow to buffer)
+ Slides from PSU Social Sustainability Colloquium

For Counseling Professionals :: Emerging Trends in Ecotherapy

Thomas teams with psychologist Patricia Hasbach to present this continuing education workshop, sponsored by the Lewis & Clark Center for Community Engagement.

Participants will receive an orientation to the historical background and theoretical approaches associated with ecotherapy, learn applications of ecotherapy in counseling and healthcare settings, and explore opportunities for integrating ecotherapy practices into their personal and professional lives.

Portland Audubon Society
Date:
Friday, April 8
Time: 9am - 5pm
For registration information
see this link.

+ Slides from Emerging Trends in Ecotherapy Workshop pdf

Green Couples Workshop

In this low-cost Couples Workshop, Dr. Thomas Joseph Doherty will discuss the added pleasures and stresses that "green" issues bring to modern relationships. He'll provide tips on how to talk about eco-values and lifestyle choices with your significant others, ways to accept and work with differences, and how to recognize when differing environmental agendas can become relationship deal-breakers. Along with an informative lecture, there will be time for personal reflection, couples discussions, and large group sharing.

The workshop is open to all kinds of couples and is not a therapy group.

Date: Saturday, April 2, 2011
Time: 1pm - 4:30pm
Cost: $20 per person / $40 per couple
$25 / $50 after March 25th
Location:
3727 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Second Floor Conference Room
For registration information & form
see this link.

23rd Annual NW Regional Association for Experiential Education (AEE) Conference

The 23rd Annual NW Regional Association for Experiential Education (AEE) Conference is being held at the 4-H Conference Center in Salem, Oregon on March 25-27. The conference theme is Challenge! Risk is Learning.  Thomas will be presenting the keynote address on March 26th from 7:45-9pm.

 

Risk & Mindset: An Experiential and Insight-based Approach to Fostering Psychological Risk in Experiential Education

In this keynote address, psychologist and AEE member Thomas Doherty will explore the psychology of risk and risk-resilient mindsets in the context of education and adventure settings. In particular, Thomas will discuss research on the benefits of a growth mindset—seeing ones achievements as a product of dedication and effort rather than fixed traits and abilities – and how this mindset increases willingness to attempt new and difficult tasks, and promotes learning and future accomplishments. Using experiential exercises, humor, and self-reflection, Thomas will demonstrate how to recognize and foster a growth mindset. Most importantly, Thomas will offer tips on balancing the risks taking necessary to a leader’s personal and professional development with the compassion and expertise to create healthy risk experiences for those we work with.

"How Green is Your Love?"

Green Drinks Networking Event
Date:
March 1, 2011
Location:
Ecotrust BFJ Conference Center, 2nd Floor
721 NW Ninth Ave. Portland, OR, 97208
Time: 7:00 PM. A $5.00 Donation is requested.    
For information see this link.

At the March 1, 2011 Green Drinks networking event, and at a follow up couples workshop on April 2, 2011, Thomas will discuss the added stresses and pleasures that "green" issues bring to modern relationships. He'll provide tips on how to talk about eco-values and lifestyle choices with your significant others, ways to accept and work with differences, and how to recognize when differing environmental agendas can become relationship deal-breakers.

Antioch University New England

Thomas presented two talks at Antioch University New England on Friday, December 3rd and Monday, December 6th, 2010.

Environmental Studies Colloquium Series: Thomas Doherty “Master of Two Worlds”
Psychology Tools for Conservation Professionals

+ Slides from Environmental Studies Colloquium Series pdf

Psychology and Global Climate Change
Carbon Counts

+ Slides from Global Climate Change Talk pdf

The Sustainable Self

Thomas presented a talk at The Starving Artist as part of Science Soiree on December 2nd, 2010.

Master of Two Worlds: Negotiating the emotional terrain in your sustainability work

Thomas presented an online workshop for The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) November 18, 2010.

+ Slides from Webinar Workshop pdf

Ecotherapy & Nature Based Stress Reduction

Keynote Address and Continuing Education Workshop, Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA) Annual Meeting, Silverton, Oregon, October 30, 2010.

+ Slides from Keynote Address pdf
+ Outline of Nature Based Stress Reduction pdf

Labor Day Weekend at Sundance Resort, UT

Identity, Coping And Thriving In An Ecological Age: Thomas Doherty will lead participants in a journey of personal discovery and restoration, weaving insights from neuroscience, environmental psychology, and mind-body health to create a model of personal sustainability. This exclusive and timely weekend workshop and film premiere presented by Explore Green takes place Friday, September 3rd through Sunday September 5th, 2010 at the Sundance Resort. Participants are invited to the Sundance premiere of "Play Again," an award-winning documentary by Meg Merrill and Tonje Hessen Schei featuring Thomas Doherty.

See the blog for more details and enrollment information.

Social Justice Implications of Climate Change

Thomas presented the paper "Addressing Social Justice Implications of Climate Change: Barriers and Opportunities" at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention in San Diego, CA on August 14, 2010.

Read a transcript summary of the talk: Addressing Social Justice Implications of Climate Change: Barriers and Opportunities pdf

Emerging Trends in Ecotherapy

Thomas Doherty and Patricia Hasbach offered a training session on Ecotherapy at Lewis & Clark on April 16, 2010.

+ Course Details
+ Download a flyer pdf

Natural Step Network

Thomas spoke at the Oregon Natural Step Network’s fall breakfast series on September 9, 2009 on the topic of maintaining motivation and inspiration.  His talk “Master of Two Worlds” uses the Hero’s Journey metaphor to describe how innovators and change agents can maintain their vision and avoid burnout amid the challenges of daily life and work.

Read a transcript summary of the talk: “Renewable Energy for Sustainability Practitioners"pdf

A Life Well-Lived Men’s Group

A Life Well-Lived: An Adult Development Group for Men: This 8-week group explored classic theories and research on adult development, recent developments in the psychology of happiness, and Dr. Thomas Doherty’s application of environmental sustainability to personal health and identity.

APA Task Force on Psychology and Global Climate Change

Thomas spoke about the APA Task Force on Psychology and Global Climate Change at the American Psychological Association 117th Annual Convention in Toronto, ON on August 7, 2009.

Clark College Mental Health Mondays

Thomas was the guest speaker at Mental Health Mondays on the topic of Ecopsychology at Clark College in Vancouver, WA on April 27, 2009

Association of Oregon Recyclers 2009

Thomas gave a talk on what does and does not work to influence sustainable behavior, presenting tested examples of attempts to change behavior with discussion of successes and failures for The Association of Oregon Recyclers in Bend, OR on June 13, 2009.

Parent Child Preschools of Oregon

Thomas did a talk on green parenting for an eager group at the Parent Child Preschools of Oregon conference in West Linn, OR on February 27, 2009.

Muddy Boots Organic Festival

Thomas presented a workshop on Green Parenting at the Muddy Boot Organic Festival in Portland on September 6, 2008.

American Psychological Association Conference Boston August 2008

Thomas presented a paper that described the ways he supports community members' efforts toward sustainable lifestyle choices and green business practices: You can download a summary of Thomas's talk The psychologist as a community resource for sustainability pdf and Powerpoint slides: Psychologist as a community resource for sustainability pdf

 

Thomas also moderated a symposium that explored the role of psychologists in supporting the well being, identity, and empowerment of individuals involved in environmental conservation. You can download a summary of the symposium: Psychologists contributions to health and resilience in conservation settings pdf and slides from Thomas' talk: Adapting therapeutic interventions to conservation settings pdf

 

Association of Oregon Recyclers June 2008

Thomas spoke on a panel with Lisa Wise of the Center for a New American Dream and Diane Martin from the University of Portland Business School on the topic of consumerism and consumption.

View Thomas' talk The Psychology of Consumption: 4.25 Mb pdf and  Script pdf

 

American Mental Health Alliance - Oregon April 2008

Thomas presented a continuing education talk for the Oregon chapter of the American Mental Health Alliance on February 7, 2008:

Talking to clients about environmental issues pdf

 

American Psychological Association Conference San Francisco August 2007

Thomas presented two papers at the American Psychological Association's Annual Convention in San Francisco, CA in August 2007. Thomas collaborated with Sandra Newes, Ph.D. on their review of wilderness therapy.

Nurturing the Sustainable Self: Talking to clients about environmental issues

Evaluating wilderness therapy as an option for treatment resistant adolescents

 

Psychology–Ecology–Sustainability: An Interactive Conference Exploring the Role of Psychologists and Mental Health Professionals in the Movement toward a Sustainable Future June 2007

Thomas presented the opening address at this conference that brought together mental health professionals, environmental and green business experts, and the general public to explore the intersection between mental health, environmental issues and sustainability.

Psychology-Ecology-Sustainability Conference Website

Download a copy of Thomas' PowerPoint presentation here:  7.97 Mb pdf

 

Nurturing the Sustainable Self: Talking to clients about environmental issues May 2007

Thomas provided this Continuing Education Session at the Oregon Psychological Association Spring Conference at The Eugene Hilton, Eugene, OR on May 12, 2007.

Download a copy of Thomas' PowerPoint Presentation here:  6.17 Mb pdf

 

Green and Healthy: Reconnecting Your Child with Nature

April 16, 2007 6:00 - 8:00 PM Sellwood Community Center

This evening talk presented the most up to date research on how contact with green spaces can be used to reduce ADHD symptoms and improve the well being of children and teens.

Sellwood Community Center
1436 SE Spokane St., Portland, OR, 97202
503-823-3195
(Located near the Sellwood Bridge)