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Continuing Education

Ecotherapy and Applied Ecopsychology

Date: 9:00am PDT September 20, 2014 Location: York Graduate Center, Room 101

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    Patricia Hasbach, Ph.D.

York Graduate Center, Room 101

This course explores the therapeutic aspects of ecopsychology and applications of ecopsychology for human health and wellbeing, environmental sustainability, and for counseling and therapy.

Practices and methods that incorporate nature into the therapeutic process will be explored and students will have the opportunity to practice these techniques. These may include addressing environmental identity or concerns; utilizing outdoor experiences, natural objects or metaphors in a therapeutic manner; or facilitating animal-assisted therapy.

The evidence base for ecotherapy and the importance of diversity and multicultural competency are highlighted in the course. Topics will be explored using didactic presentations, exercises, role-plays, outdoor activities, and video presentations.

This course is part of our Ecopsychology Certificate program

Prerequisite: CPSY 592 (Introduction to Ecopsychology), or instructor permission. If you have not completed the prerequisite for this course but would like to register, contact Patricia Hasbach at to discuss waiving the prerequisite.

If you have general questions about our Ecopsychology Certificate, contact Thomas Doherty at

Course Details & Registration

Dates: Saturday-Sunday, September 20-21 and October 18-19, 2014

Time: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Instructor: Patricia Hasbach, Ph.D.

Degree-applicable credit: CPSY 597, 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 897, 2 semester hours, $700

Register for continuing education credit (PDF)

About the Instructor

Patricia Hasbach, Ph.D. is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and clinical psychotherapist with a private practice in Eugene, Oregon, and adjunct faculty at Lewis & Clark College and Antioch University Seattle. She is the author and co-editor (with Peter Kahn) of two books that were published by MIT Press: Ecopsychology: Science, Totems, and the Technological Species (2012) and The Rediscovery of the Wild (2013). Dr. Hasbach has also published articles in numerous journals including Ecopsychology, The Journal of Natural History Education and Experiences, and Voices: The Art & Science of Psychotherapy. Her work has also appeared in The Counselor and on the international online forum, The Children & Nature Network. Her work has been cited in Richard Louv’s popular book, The Nature Principle, and in The Utne Reader, The Observer (a publication by the Association for Psychological Science), The NY Times Sunday Magazine, and The Monitor (a publication of the American Psychological Association). As a clinician, Dr. Hasbach incorporates ecopsychological practices with traditional therapy in her work with adults, couples, and groups. She also consults extensively with hospitals, schools, architectural design firms, businesses, and community environmental activist groups. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal, Ecopsychology.



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