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Continuing Education

Environmental Identity and the Ecological Self

Date: 1:00pm PDT September 20, 2014 Location: York Graduate Center, Room 107

York Graduate Center, Room 107

This course guides students toward self‐reflection regarding identity and experience related to place, the natural world, and other species; and motivations for integrating ecological perspectives into academic, professional or advocacy work. 

Course readings, exercises, and lectures will help students explore their personal visions of sustainability, emotional reactions to environmental issues, history of the environmental movement, intersectionality of environmental identity and other aspects of identity and diversity, and the interrelationships between health and wellbeing and social and environmental justice. 

This course is the required prerequisite for our Ecopsychology Certificate program

NOTE: Students who have already completed CPSY 528 (Introduction to Ecopsychology), do not need to take CPSY 501 (Environmental Identity and Ecological Self) as a prerequisite to applying for the Ecopsychology Certificate. 

Course Details & Registration

Dates: Saturdays, September 20 and October 11, 2014. 

Time: 1-5 p.m.

Additional study will be completed online.

Instructor: Thomas Doherty, Psy.D.

Degree-applicable credit: CPSY 501, 1 semester hour, $828

  • Non-Lewis & Clark students seeking degree-applicable credit, please contact the CCE for more information.

Continuing education credit: CECP 801, 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 daughter. 

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