Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate

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Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate
Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education & Counseling
Portland, Oregon USA

Lewis & Clark’s Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate explores the
relationships between mental health, wellbeing, and the natural environment and investigates ways counseling psychologists can contribute to conservation and sustainability. The courses draw on a robust body of scientific research—on topics such as the restorative value of green spaces for health and stress reduction and the psychological determinants of sustainability behaviors—and applies these insights in counseling and mental health practice. Our course work is also informed by environmental philosophy and ethics, cultural diversity, spirituality, the arts, and contemporary movements toward social and environmental justice.

The Certificate provides an opportunity for masters students to combine comprehensive training in fields such as community counseling and marriage, couples, and family therapy with an evidence-based, experiential and socially progressive ecopsychology curriculum. A ten-credit sequence of courses provides an introduction to ecopsychology and its basis in environmental philosophy, empirical research, and critical theory; applied training in wilderness / adventure therapy and ecotherapy; and an opportunity to explore advanced topics such as nature and child development, eco-cultural diversity, and social and environmental justice. An integrative and self-designed capstone project, such as a thesis or supervised practicum, completes the certificate. The Certificate program is also accepting applications from students and recent graduates of comparable counseling masters programs.

By situating the Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate within the accredited programs of the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, we seek to achieve our mission of creating license- eligible and employable counselors who are prepared to effectively engage the pressing social and environmental issues of our time.

Program Details

Credits: 10 semester hours
Program Start: Spring only
View program of study in current course catalog

Key Dates

The first course in the 2012 Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate Cohort begins in January 2012.
Application deadlines for counseling programs at Lewis & Clark are by program; contact the Graduate Admissions Office.
Deadline for application to the Ecopsychology Certificate 2012 cohort (for graduates and non-Lewis & Clark Students): 11/15/11.

Contact Information:

Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate

Thomas Doherty, Co-director

Tod Sloan, Co-director

Graduate Admissions Office

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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