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Continuing Education

Wilderness and Adventure Therapy Immersion

Date: July 26 PDT Location: Location TBD

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Part of our Ecopsychology Certificate program, this course provides an opportunity to explore ecopsychology concepts and practices in the context of a multi-day outdoor experience. Topics include backcountry safety, outdoor leadership, wilderness philosophy and conservation, benefits of immersion in natural settings and retreats from modern technologies, multicultural rites of passage, and techniques for mental health and substance abuse treatment.

The course features a multi-weekend residential format with activities such as tent camping, day or overnight hiking, mindfulness and team building exercises, rock climbing, and river rafting. Outdoor experience is not required, and all equipment will be provided. 

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

Course Details & Registration

Dates: Saturday-Sunday, July 26-27 and Friday-Sunday, August 1-3, 2014

Instructor: Thomas Doherty, Psy.D.

Course fee: $400

Degree-applicable credit: CPSY 596, 2 semester hours, $1,656

  • 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 896, 2 semester hours, $700

Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

Noncredit: $500, includes 30 CEUs or PDUs. Requires instructor permission. Please contact if you would like to register for this course for noncredit.

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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