Ecopsychology Online

This course provides one-to-one tutorials and learning resources custom designed to fit your specific interests, aspirations and schedule. Tutorials are supported by bespoke online notes, private library access and email support.

The subject is ecopsychology but the specific content of the course depends on you. Some like to focus on guided reading while others prefer an emphasis on dialogue or practical work. Self-guided outdoor activities, creative projects, and collaboration to design new ecopsychology applications have all featured since the course began over five years ago.

What’s included

  • One-to-one tutorials, custom designed to fit your specific interests, aspirations and schedule;
  • Online course notes updated after each session;
  • Instant private library access to over 500 articles and papers;
  • Email Support;
  • Optional – practical self-guided activities;
  • Optional – assignments, with feedback;
  • A CPD certificate for total hours of study.

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How it works
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.

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Ecopsychology is a diverse and rich subject. The easiest way into it is to follow your own curiosity and the course is carefully designed to help you do just that. Here are some examples of questions that past-participants have explored:

  • 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 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 / leadership / social change campaigns?
  • What is the language of ecopscyhology? How can it be communicated clearly?
  • What is the evidence that ecopsychology works?
  • How can I integrate ecopsychology into my degree / masters / doctorate study?
  • How do you research 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?

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The programme is not formally validated. It is designed to offer you a personalised learning experience based on your own curiosity and passions – 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 based on your tutorial time and any independent study hours.

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Course leader
The course leader is Dave Key, who taught the postgraduate ecopsychology course at the University of Strathclyde / Centre for Human Ecology in the UK for seven years. He also taught ecopsychology at the world-renown Schumacher College in Devon. He co-leads a variety of practical projects which apply Ecopsychology to organisational and social change – including for example, the Natural Change Project in Scotland and the Oceanic Leaders Project in New Zealand.

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Technical Requirements
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.

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More Information
For more information visit the FAQs page. If you’re not sure, or have any questions and would like to have a chat, please do get in touch!

Ecopsychology Online Course

Janine Finlay

Dave’s ecopsychology course was the beginning of my journey with this incredible work.

I learned a lot about myself, and this has ultimately meant I can work with other people with a much deeper understanding of change processes. I loved that the course was self governed – for me this meant I could go on my own exploration, and pull on the threads that interested me.

Dave is very attentive and flexible toward personal needs, it is less ‘teacher-student’ focused and more colloborative and supportive, which I I feel is exactly what is needed in this world.

I would do the course again and again.

Julie Gilbert-Binns

When I contacted David, I had no idea where my interest in Ecopsychology would lead me! I loved his non-prescriptive approach, the flexibility and openness which allowed me to explore so many different strands of this fascinating topic.

I thoroughly enjoyed our discussions and found David to be an inspirational, enthusiastic and sensitive mentor who focused on helping me identify my particular areas of interest and fed my curiosity. I have only scratched the surface and I hope some day to expand my knowledge of Ecopsychology and apply even more of its principles to my work.

When that time comes, I know who to turn to.

Keith Hackwood

I heartily recommend David’s work to anyone wishing to deepen their understanding and experience within the broad purview of ecotherapy. The bespoke nature and pacing of the work, together with David’s extensive experience, strong companionship and challenge gives a blend of embodied practice with imagination and study, making for a profound synthesis and optimal conditions for deep change.

For me it was a tremendous vessel in which to simmer and steep, one that promoted the risky business of leaping, that served encountering the nobly camouflaged layers of self and led me to “be able to stand in the wreckage of what used to be (my) certainty” and have that be a flourishing of wild and previously unseen truths.

I recommend David, the man and his work, to anyone with heart enough to commit and head enough to set the compass.

Joanna Kitto

I really enjoyed this course which I did over a year.

David is very knowledgeable and experienced and provided me with access to a wide variety of resources which we would then discuss within the sessions. Because they were individual sessions, David was able to tailor them to my interests and what I wanted to explore.

This is a very flexible course and very worthwhile.

Janani Eswar

David has a brilliant way of guiding you on exactly the paths you want to traverse. He was able to help me follow my questions to new and interesting resources to learn from.

I work to connect children to nature in India and his course has helped me build language and structure around my work in order to better communicate with others around me.
I have also greatly benefited from his library. The resources available there would be very hard for me to find elsewhere.

Danielle Levy

Pleased that I decided to do this ecopsychology course with David, as I got a lot out of the experience. I appreciated the open and flexible style of our sessions, and enjoyed the diversity of our valuable discussions.

David made me feel seen, heard, and supported throughout the journey. He is a true wealth of knowledge – and customized the course to meet my personal interests, by providing plenty of useful study resources.
A considerate, generous, and passionate teacher and coach – I am thankful to have had the opportunity to collaborate with David!

Sandra Cunningham

I have worked with Dave since 2014, firstly through the online Ecopsychology course and more recently by engaging with him as my coach. He has a richness of knowledge, wisdom and experience that I feel so lucky to be able to access – and my only wish is I had found him sooner.

His grounded, open and, I think, quite modest style heartens me greatly in a world where humility often seems scarce. I leave every session with Dave feeling energised, inspired, renewed and hopeful on this emergent journey of mine. To anyone who wants to understand what it really means to climb down from our human superiority and truly inhabit the world as nature intended – and lead others in doing so – I can’t recommend Dave enough.