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Introduction to Ecopsychology

Date: 9:00am PST January 7, 2013 - 5:30pm April 14, 2013 Location: Room 107, Graduate Campus

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Room 107, Graduate Campus

Ecopsychology recognizes a connection between mental health and the natural environment and explores ways in which psychological knowledge and practices can contribute to the solution of environmental problems.

This course provides an introduction to ecopsychology practices in counseling and a survey of related research findings in environmental and conservation psychology on topics such as:

  • the health benefits of natural settings
  • the development of environmental identities
  • promotion of conservation behaviors

Students will be guided toward self-reflection regarding their own environmental identity, their motivations for integrating environmental approaches into counseling, and ways to integrate ecopsychology into their existing theory and practice base.

This course is part of the Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate program of study and serves as the pre-requisite for subsequent classes in the certificate program.

Course Details

Class Meeting Dates:  Three weekends: Saturday-Sunday, February 9-10, March 9-10, April 13-14, 2013

Time:  9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Instructor: Thomas Doherty, Psy.D.

Required Texts (available through Lewis & Clark Bookstore): 

  • Callenbach, E. (1975) Ecoptopia. Banyan / Bantam ISBN: 978-0-960432-01-1
  • Clayton & Myers (2009) Conservation Psychology: Understanding and promoting human care for nature. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN: 978-1-405176-78-1
  • Kahn, P. H. & Hasbach, P. H. (2012). Ecopsychology: Science, Totems, and the Technological species. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN: 978-0-262517-78-2
  • Weber-Nicholsen, S. (2001). The Love of Nature at the End of the World. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN: 978-0-262640-51-0


Degree-applicable credit: CPSY 528, 3 semester hours, $2,319
If you are a current Lewis & Clark graduate student, please register through WebAdvisor.

Non-Lewis & Clark students seeking degree-applicable credit, please complete the Special Student Registration form (PDF) and contact the instructor at or 503-768-6086 for permission prior to registering.

Continuing education credit: CECP 828, 3 semester hours, $1,050

Registration form (PDF) 
Continuing education credit registration only. Please contact the instructor at or 503-768-6086 for permission prior to registering–instructor permission is required.

About the Instructor

Thomas Joseph Doherty is a licensed psychologist who created and helps to direct the Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate Program at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Thomas specializes in teaching courses that integrate research on human relationships with the natural world, environmental conservation, and sustainability with modern counseling and psychotherapy practice. Thomas is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecopsychology and served as member of the American Psychological Association’s Climate Change Task Force. Thomas also works with individuals and consults with organizations through his business Sustainable Self

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