This course provides six, one-to-one tutorials - custom designed to fit your specific needs.
Ecopsychology helps us understand our psychological relationships with the more-than-human world. It combines aspects of nearly all conventional psychological modalities, with a particular focus on environmental and social psychology.
Ecopsychology is an incredibly diverse subject, which is why this course is bespoke. It follows your specific interests, aspirations and learning style at every stage. Some like to focus on guided reading while others prefer an emphasis on dialogue or project work. Self-guided outdoor activities, creative projects - and collaboration to design new nature-based applications have all featured in the past. The course is designed around you, every step of the way.
The course is delivered through six, one-to-one tutorials and extensive learning resources. You will be able to delve deep into the theory of ecopsychology - in your own style at your own speed, following your own curiosity all the way.
Tutorials are supported by bespoke online notes, private library access and email. The majority of readings are instantly available as PDF downloads.
Ecopsychology is an extremely diverse and rich subject. The easiest way into it is to follow your own curiosity and the course is carefully designed to help you follow your own threads. Here are some examples of questions that past-participants have explore:
- What is Ecopsychology? Where did it come from? How does it fit with other types of psychology?
- What are the main ideas and theories in Ecopsychology?
- How can I make ecopsychology my career?
- How do you design transformative outdoor experiences?
- What impact does consumer culture have on the ways we treat the rest of nature?
- How do you become qualified to work as an ecopsychologist?
- How can ecopsychology be applied to coaching / psychotherapy / organisational development / policy and planning / leadership / social change programmes?
- What is the language of ecopscyhology? How can it be communicated clearly?
- How can I integrate ecopsychology into my degree / masters / doctorate study?
- How do you research and evaluate ecopsychology?
- What does ecopsychology mean to my own sense of identity?
- Is ecopsychology related to spirituality?
- How does ecopsychology relate to indigenous cultures?
- What is beyond ecopsychology?
The course has been developed through over 20 years of international research, development, post-graduate teaching and hands-on professional practice by the tutor.
This includes leading the post-graduate module in Ecopsychology at the University of Strathclyde in Glagow for seven years; teaching at the world renown Schumacher College; research fellowships at the Universities of Exeter and Anglia Ruskin; authoring published papers and book chapters and; leading a regular residential programme for over 15 years.
This course starts from the position that you cannot have healthy people on a sick planet. Living within the Earth's limits and working to restore our relationships with the rest of nature are essential to our health and wellbeing. Ensuring our own health and that of the planet’s ecosystems are the same task.
You can start the course whenever you like. During your first tutorial, a learning plan is agreed according to your specific interests. We then follow the plan together – and any new directions that emerge – over the following tutorials. Tutorials take place via Zoom. Readings, your learning plan and notes are administered via Google Drive.
The course includes:
- six personal, one-to-one tutorials of one hour each;
- a personal learning plan;
- bespoke learning notes;
- online resources and reading materials and;
- email support.
You do not need to be a psychotherapist or counsellor to attend this course. It is for anyone interested in working with the therapeutic potential of time spent outdoors - from urban parks to designated wilderness.
This includes healthcare practitioners, outdoor leaders, social workers, youth workers, rangers, conservationists and educators - as well as those interested in commissioning, or referring into, therapeutic outdoor programmes.
It is recommended that you bring around five years experience in some related form of professional practice - working with groups or one-to-one, indoors or out. However, each application is considered individually, so please do ask if you’re not sure.
- this course is for those seeking to work therapeutically in nature and is not intended as a personal therapeutic intervention.
- it is likely that a basic level of outdoor leadership training will be required to work ethically and professionally outdoors, depending on the type of environment you want to work in. Please be aware that this course does not qualify you as a professional outdoor leader, which usually requires specialist training and assessment in your home region.
The course is delivered entirely online so you will need a computer with reliable broadband internet access. You will also need Google and Zoom accounts.
The programme is not formally validated. It is designed to offer you a personalised learning experience based on your own curiosity and passions, and fitted around your needs and circumstances.
An emphasis will be placed on helping you apply your learning to bring ecopsychology into practice.
On completion of the course, a Continuing Professional Development certificate can be provided for 20 hours of study.
Includes: 6 hours of contact time on a one-to-one ratio, access to a private online library of over 500 PDF downloads, personal online learning notes, access to a private email group, a CPD certificate and email support and; GST in New Zealand.
Excludes: All information technology and equipment, internet costs and any hard-copy, full-text books that are referenced during the course. Additional one-to-one sessions can be purchased at addition cost, if required.
|Start Date:||Anytime - you choose.|
|Format:||Six one-to-one online tutorials by arrangement to suit your schedule.|
|Contact time:||Six hours|
|Approx. reading time:||24 hours|
|Location:||Online via Zoom and Google Drive|
|Certification:||A Continuing Professional Development Certificate for your final number of hours can be issue upon course completion.|