Certificate in Ecotherapy
The Ecotherapy Certificate will offer training in evidence-supported approaches for transforming the human relationship to nature in the service of healing and well-being. These deep approaches, fashioned for both personal- and community-level work, include horticultural therapy, animal-assisted therapy, time stress management, managing “eco-anxiety,” and critically analyzing the media's role in the debate about mass-produced food.
The certificate program, which can be completed in one year, offers students the opportunity to learn theory and information online and practice by participating in two three-day intensive meetings in person.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students completing the Certificate in Ecotherapy will be able to:
- Apply a variety of nature-based techniques for use in social and psychological healing.
- Understand and discuss the research supporting the field of ecotherapy.
- Mentor their communities of origin in the psychological, scientific, somatic, and systemic dimensions of sustainability. This includes a capacity for translating ecological concepts into understandable terms and educational images in a variety of media.
- Enter intelligently into the scientific, financial, and political discourse surrounding sustainability, localization, alternative energy, food production, and climate change.
- Offer constructive alternatives to “eco-anxiety,” the deep fears aroused by accelerating climate change.
- Challenge and change entrenched attitudes and biases that prevent adaptation to environmentally wise solutions and habits.
- Apply learnings gained within an internship work setting.
CNS 5820 - Intensive I: Methods and Practices of Ecotherapy (2 units)
CNS 5822 - Dimensions of Holistic Sustainability (3 units)
CNS 5824 - Horticultural Therapy (3 units)
CNS 5826 - Healing the Human-Nonhuman Relationship (3 units)
CNS 5828 - Intensive2: Self-Nature Healing Work (2 units)
CNS 5832 - Earth, Body and Spirit A, B, C (1/1/1 unit)
CNS 5830 - Ecopsychology and Ecotherapy as Cultural Work (3 units)
CNS 5833 - Intensive 3: Body, Nature, Place (2 units)
CNS 5834 - Ecotherapy Internship (3 units)
Total units required: 24