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Continuing Education

Conservation Psychology

Date: 9:00am PDT October 25 Location: York Graduate Center, Room 107

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    Thomas Doherty, Psy.D.

York Graduate Center, Room 107

Conservation psychology is an interdisciplinary field that explores the psychological basis of human’s care for nature and motivation toward conservation and sustainability.

This course provides a background on the development of conservation psychology and survey of topics including psychological benefits of contact with nature, nature and lifespan development, environmental identity and behavior, social justice, influencing conservation action, hope and resilience, and strategic messaging and communications.

The instructor will provide examples from the U.S. and abroad. Conservation roles for mental health counselors, environmental educators and sustainability professionals will be explored.

The course includes online, in-person and field-based activities.

This course is offered through our Ecopsychology Program

Course Details & Registration

Dates: Saturday-Sunday, October 25-26, 2014

Time: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Instructor: Thomas Doherty, Psy.D.

Degree-applicable credit: CPSY 590-03, 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 866, 1 semester hour, $350

Register for continuing education credit (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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