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Continuing Education

Topics in Applied Ecopsychology: Nature, Health, Access

Date: 9:00am PDT June 28 Location: Graduate Campus

Are there issues regarding access to healthy natural spaces in our community? How can we determine needs and solutions? 

Part of our Ecopsychology Certificate program, this course provides opportunities to explore the roles of counseling, education, or conservation professionals as advocates, consultants, or researchers in the field of ecopsychology. 

Day one will review some of the latest findings regarding the health benefits of green spaces and near-by nature and how these benefits are unevenly distributed in our community. We will discuss ways to address these disparities in terms of grassroots activities, teaching, therapeutic work, and policy change. 

The day will include a series of expert talks, a panel discussion, and a public forum. Speakers include: Geoffrey Donovan, U.S. Forest Service, Portland Forestry Sciences Lab; Gregory Wolley, African American Outdoor Association; and Erica Timm, Neighborhood Trees Specialist, Friends of Trees.

Day two will build on the hands-on experience of the opening sessions and allow students to explore the material more deeply in a graduate seminar format. 

Prerequisite: CPSY 528 or instructor permission. Contact tdoherty@lclark.edu if you would like to register for this course but have not taken the prerequisite. 

Course Details & Registration

Dates: Saturday-Sunday, June 28-29, 2014

Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Instructor: Thomas Doherty, Psy.D.

Degree-applicable credit: CPSY 598, 1 semester hour, $828

  • 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)

Continuing education credit: CECP 898, 1 semester hour, $350

Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

About the Instructor

Thomas J. Doherty is a licensed psychologist who created and helps to direct the Ecopsychology Certificate Program at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School. Thomas specializes in teaching courses that integrate research on human relationships with the natural world, environmental conservation, and sustainability with modern psychology, counseling and psychotherapy practice.

A former wilderness therapy expedition leader, Thomas received his doctoral degree in psychology from Antioch  New England Graduate School. Thomas was the founding Editor of the academic journal Ecopsychology. He is currently president of the Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA) and served as a member of the APA’s Climate Change Task Force.  

In addition to his work at Lewis & Clark, Thomas works with individuals and consults with organizations through his business Sustainable Self. He lives in Northeast Portland and with his wife and six-year-old daughter. 

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