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Prescribing Nature: Incorporating Ecotherapy Methods into Your Clinical Practice

Date: 9:00am - 4:00pm PDT April 28, 2017 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, York Graduate Center, Room 101

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Lewis & Clark Graduate School, York Graduate Center, Room 101

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.

Read a Q&A with presenter Patricia Hasbach, PhD, LPC.

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, participants 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, April 28, 2017

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Instructor: Patricia Hasbach, PhD, LPC

Cost: $125 by 3/30, $150 after, includes 6 CEUs or PDUs. $50 students. Lewis & Clark alumni save 20%.

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About the Instructor

Patricia H. Hasbach, PhD, LPC (  is a licensed psychotherapist, consultant, author, and college educator in Eugene, OR. In private practice for over 25 years, she offers therapy and counseling services to adults, couples, families, and groups. Dr. Hasbach is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

As a clinician, Dr. Hasbach has been a pioneer in the practice of Ecotherapy – a method of treatment that recognizes the healing benefits of interactions with nature.  She consults with hospitals, schools, businesses, corrections facilities, architectural design and land-use planning firms, non-profit organizations, and community groups. Dr. Hasbach presents at numerous conferences on various topics related to the human-nature relationship.

Dr. Hasbach is an author and co-editor of two MIT Press books: Ecopsychology: Science, Totems, and the Technological Species (2012) and The Rediscovery of the Wild (2013). Her book, Ecopsychology, was nominated for the 2014 Grawemeyer Award in Psychology which recognizes “outstanding ideas in the science of psychology and makes them available to a wide audience.” She recently contributed a book chapter to the anthology, Ecotherapy: Theory, Research, & Practice (2016).

 Dr. Hasbach has published articles in numerous journals including Ecopsychology, The Journal of Natural History Education and Experiences, Voices: The Art & Science of Psychotherapy, and Corrections Today. Her work has also appeared in The Counselor, a publication of the Oregon Counseling Assn. and on the international online forum, The Children & Nature Network. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal, Ecopsychology.

Her work has been cited in Richard Louv’s popular books, The Nature Principle and Vitamin N; and in several popular and professional magazines including Time Magazine, Vogue, Outside Magazine, The Utne Reader, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Observer (a publication of the Association for Psychological Science), and The Monitor (a publication of the American Psychological Assn).


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