All ecopsychology workshops utilize ideas from ecopsychology leaders including Linda Buzzell, Paul Shepard, Craig Chalquist and Theodore Roszak combined with the Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler. As a trained Adlerian, I believe in a holistic and socially interested approach to well-being. For more information on what it means to be an Adlerian, check out my blog [title here to be clicked].
The workshops outlined in this section are designed primarily for therapists. Please contact me if you represent an outdoor organization and want to learn about ecowellness, and partnerships with therapists and other wellness professionals. I can also help your outdoor organization or public-land agency create a wellness trail.
Introduction to Ecopsychology
Description: This introduction to ecopsychology is meant for teachers, therapists, psychologists, social workers, psychology students, or anyone dealing with their clients’ health and well-being. The goal of ecopsychology is to unite personal well-being with planetary well-being. Use of an ecological case study and examination of personal experiences with nature will help us acknowledge our personal beliefs about the natural world. Our personal knowledge will help us assess and develop appropriate nature-based interventions. This is a full-day workshop held indoors.
Participants will be able to:
- Cite at least five principles of ecopsychology
- Assess their own ecological beliefs
- Learn to assess the ecological beliefs of others\
- Apply at least three basic therapeutic nature interventions
Certificate in Ecopsychology
Description: The Ecopsychology Certificate consists of three workshops for teachers, counselors, therapists, social workers, psychology students, or any individual interested in a holistic approach to well-being and the human/nature connection. The goal of ecopsychology is to unite personal well-being with planetary well-being. Throughout the series of workshops, we will use Adler’s human goals, life tasks, and community feeling combined with theoretical concepts in ecopsychology to engage a holistic approach (body, mind, and spirit) to our environmental crisis.
Participants should be prepared to be outdoors for each session. The first and third workshops will take place at Adler Graduate School. For the second workshop, we will meet at a park near Adler Graduate School. If the weather prevents us from spending at least half of this day outside, we will alternate the second and third workshops. Workshops must have at least five and no more than 15 participants. Bring your own lunch.
Workshop One: EcoWellness
This workshop will unearth the dimensions of Ecowellness based on Adlerian wellness models. We will correlate human goals of safety, significance and belonging to nature connectedness and will reflect on personal experiences to claim our environmental identity.
Participants will be able to:
- Assess and write an environmental identity
- State the significance of the three dimensions of ecowellness
- Given a case study, summarize three different nature perspectives
- State a conclusion between nature connectedness components and Adler’s three human goals
Workshop Two: Deep Experiences in Nature
This workshop is designed to reveal how outdoor experiences in local environments aid in focusing and wellness. Using an Adlerian process, we will translate our experience with reference to nature’s wellness qualities.
Participants will be able to:
- Structure an outdoor experience for wellness
- Claim their own transcendent qualities of nature
- Delineate tourist from pilgrim for deep nature experiences
- Name at least three types of ecotherapy practices involving specific plants and animals
Workshop Three: Research, Ethics and Developing Ecoresilience
Our final of three workshops will analyze some of the research evidence in the field of ecopsychology and human/nature connection as well as ethical considerations when taking clients outdoors.
Participants will be able to:
- Apply Adler’s five life tasks to ecoresilience and ecowellness
- Characterize at least two aspects of ecogrief
- Characterize topophilia and affirm their own principal place for wellness
- Name at least three research sources supporting nature-based interventions
- State at least three risk-management issues related to outdoor therapy/wellness
COMPANY CULTURE, PRODUCTIVITY AND WELLNESS WORKSHOP
Better Meetings Ahead: Facilitation Basics
When well-planned and conducted so that all voices are heard, meetings can unify participants. This experiential workshop provides essential tools needed for productive meetings. A mix of short lecture sessions and practice will allow us to:
- Apply tools to a group
- Name four facilitator types
- Cite at least four roles of a facilitator
- Structure a meeting using proper meeting flow
- Develop a meeting session plan so that desired meeting outcomes are met
Making the most of your internal dialogue
Internal dialogue gives us clues to our deepest thinking. Learning to capture and use this dialogue improves emotional intelligence and leads to better conversations. During this workshop, we will learn and practice techniques to uncover our internal dialogue. Using challenging statements and personal experiences we will:
- Practice iterative listening
- Capture primal thoughts and feelings
- Turn personal triggers into useful conversation
- Learn the importance of ordinal process for everyone to be heard
Using language to cooperate, not dominate
Progress requires cooperation. This workshop will help you identify and use language that inspires cooperation within your teams. We will practice iterative listening and will leverage reactions to statements and/or personal experiences to help us:
- Use shared meaning to reach shared goals
- Discuss assertive versus controlling language
- Explain feelings of inferiority common to all humans
- Cite at least three differences between resistant and non-resistant language
Conflict is inevitable and there is a simple process to guide you to shared understanding and compromise. During this class, we will use a personal conflict situation to help us:
- Identify different types of conflict
- Apply a conflict resolution model to resolve personal or professional conflict
- Explain a process to get “unstuck” from a stressful situation
- Illustrate similarities to two other popular conflict resolution models
Breaking down stressful situations
Many people believe all stress is bad, but a certain level of stress can help us grow. While examining stressful situations at work or in our personal lives we will:
- Define forms of stress
- Outline stress in the conscious and unconscious to clarify action
- Learn the four greatest personal fears and how they affect stress
- Practice uncovering deep personal judgments that often cause undue stress
Wellness Program: Reclaiming Your Life and Living More Fully
Through a series of experiential exercises over four, two-hour sessions, we will learn to live more fully by understanding what normal is, what wellness really means, how to handle stress and how we each use our own subjectivity in our relationships with others. This is very much a process of discovering, owning, integrating and authenticating your thoughts, feelings, values, and beliefs. Through input, exercises, and interactions you will fully learn and understand “who you are”.
Open House: This is an opportunity to learn about a wellness continuum for personal growth. We will complete a sample exercise where everyone will feel free to fully be themselves. Coffee and tea will be available. Bring your own cup or use one of mine.
Session 1: I will introduce the concept of a wellness tree, which we will throughout the remaining sessions. During this first session, we will establish our roots through what we love and who supports us. Then we will uncover our greatest fear and begin working to overcome it. We also will recognize how we are all normal and capable of living life fully.
Session 2: We will expand our wellness tree by claiming our values and exploring feelings of inferiority. We will learn to identify discouraging behaviors and to practice self-encouragement.
Session 3: Studying our own Enneagram personality type will strengthen the trunk of our wellness tree. We will define stress, and implement a process for working through stressful situations and placing our self-defeating judgments into the compost heap. Then we will express and apply holism to our lives.
Session 4: In our final session we will use the skills we learned in earlier sessions to master emotional intelligence, add virtues our tree’s roots and leave vices on our nearby compost heap. We’ll finish our wellness tree by growing branches with personal goals around the five human life tasks.
- Discover with others what it means to be “well”
- Experience wellness in your personal and community life
- Claim personal identity, greatest fear, values, and unique essence
- Apply a wellness tree to your future personal growth
I can customize this wellness program to fit your company’s timeline and needs.