WORKSHOP: Applying Classic Theories of Human Development in the Context of Nature and Social Justice

Applying Classic Theories of Human Development in the Context of Nature and Social Justice


This interdisciplinary talk, suitable for counselors and educators, looks at some classic theories of human development in the modern context of people’s relationship to nature and other species.

For example, we will integrate Piaget’s theory of cognitive development with educator David Sobels’ principles of developmentally-appropriate environmental education. We will discuss the implications for education and counseling, particularly in terms of equity and social justice issues related to access to safe and healthy green spaces.

This workshop is part of our 2013-2014 Workshop Series


Workshop Details & Registration

September 25, 2013

5:00pm 8:00pm

Lewis & Clark

Graduate Campus
South Chapel 81A

0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road
MSC 32
Portland OR 97219

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Instructor: Thomas Doherty, Psy.D

Fee: $30, includes CEUs/PDUs

Core units: .5

If you are a current Lewis & Clark graduate student and would like to attend this workshop to meet your Core Program requirements, please register through WebAdvisor.


About the Instructor

thomas-doherty-portraitThomas Doherty, Psy.D. developed the Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School and is founding Editor-in-Chief of the Ecopsychology journal.

A licensed psychologist, Thomas counsels adults, couples and families and also spent a number of years working with young people in the outdoors as a wilderness therapy expedition leader and a professional whitewater rafting guide.

Thomas is an expert on the mental health benefits of green spaces and can communicate this information in a clear and accessible way to a variety of audiences.


Published by Thomas Doherty

Psychologist Thomas Doherty's work on environmental sustainability and health has been featured in publications like the New York Times and in talks worldwide. Thomas consults with individuals and organizations through his business Sustainable Self. He was the founding Director of the Ecopsychology Certificate Program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School and Founding Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed academic journal Ecopsychology. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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