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Prescribing Nature: Incorporating Ecotherapy Methods into Your Clinical Practice

Date: September 27 9:00am - 4:00pm Location: South Chapel, Graduate Campus

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    Patricia Hasbach, Ph.D.

South Chapel, Graduate Campus

A growing body of evidence demonstrates that direct exposure to nature is good for our psychological, emotional and physical health. Yet the focus of most traditional therapies stops at the urban boundary. 

This workshop focuses on broadening and deepening the practice of psychotherapy by extending the psychotherapeutic context to include the natural world in which we live.

Participants will survey the empirical evidence in support of ecotherapeutic practices, discuss the triadic relationship of therapist, client, and nature, and discuss ethical considerations associated with ecotherapy. Future directions for ecotherapeutic practice and research will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this workshop, you will be able to integrate ecotherapy practices into your office or agency setting by:

  • Learning specific questions to expand intake interviews that account for the human-nature relationship
  • Making use of nature metaphor and imagery in a therapeutic context
  • Assigning nature-based homework to clients
  • Making use of a Nature Language (an articulation of human/nature interaction patterns) to deepen and strengthen your therapeutic work with clients
  • Understanding the value of adding natural elements into your office setting

In addition you will:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical tenets of ecopsychology that are relevant to the practice of ecotherapy
  • Be able to identify the expanded therapeutic context of care and utilize that expanded context in your treatment planning
  • Gain an understanding of the specific challenges and benefits of taking clients outdoors as part of therapy
  • Be able to identify ethical issues and concerns related to the practice of ecotherapy, and learn ways to address those concerns with your clients

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Friday, September 27, 2013

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Instructor: Patricia H. Hasbach, Ph.D.

Noncredit/CEU: 6 hours, $125 by 9/5, $150 after

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About the Instructor

Patricia H. Hasbach, Ph.D. is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and clinical psychotherapist with a private practice in Eugene, Oregon, and an adjunct faculty member at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and at Antioch University Seattle. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and a post-doctoral M.A. in Ecopsychology from Naropa University. She recently published Ecopsychology: Science, Totems, and the Technological Species (MIT Press, 2012, edited with Peter Kahn). Her most recent book, The Rediscovery of the Wild was published by MIT Press in February 2013. In addition, Dr. Hasbach has published articles in the journals, Ecopsychology and Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy.

As a clinician, Dr. Hasbach incorporates ecopsychological practices with traditional theory to address issues of anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, health-related recovery, and wellness in adults and couples. She consults extensively with hospitals, schools, businesses, architecture design and land-use planning firms, and community environmental activist groups. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal, Ecopsychology. She has also been associated with the Human Interaction with Nature and Technological Systems Lab (The HINTS Lab) at the University of Washington.

Her academic interests focus on the processes and mechanisms that underlie the development of an environmental sensibility and on what can be called “the rewilding of the human species.” She has a particular interest in how experiences in the natural world map onto the internal landscape of client reflections and thus enrich the therapeutic process.

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