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Continuing Education

Rewilding for Human Flourishing

Date: 5:00pm PDT March 19, 2015 Location: South Chapel, Graduate Campus

  • Patricia Hasbach, PhD

South Chapel, Graduate Campus

Many people, who advocate for nature and for the importance of nature in our lives, focus on what is close at hand: domestic, nearby nature. Experience with domestic nature might involve sitting under a favorite tree, digging in one’s garden, romping with one’s pet, or walking a favorite trail.

Domestic nature is important. People can access it easily and garner immediate benefits from interacting with it. But domestic nature is only part of the story. It’s only part of what we need and who we are. The other part is wild nature. For as a species, we came of age in a natural world far wilder than today, and most of that need for wildness still exists within us.

This workshop will offer participants the opportunity to reflect on a wild experience in their own lives, and then relate that experience to the concept of rewilding. We’ll discuss the importance of wilder nature experiences as part of “our story” that shapes our environmental identity as individuals, as communities, and as a culture. We’ll introduce the concept of a Nature Language (interaction patterns between humans and nature), and discuss how a Nature Language can be useful as we seek to rewild therapy, education, design, and conservation initiatives.

Learning Objectives

  1. Attendees will be able to define rewilding as it relates to the human relationship with the natural world, and as an essential aspect of what makes us fully human.
  2. Attendees will be able to discuss five central ideas for human rewilding.
  3. Attendees will be able to discuss how rewilding relates to the field of ecopsychology and to the concept of a Nature Language.
  4. Attendees will be able to discuss the concept of biophilia and cite several scientific studies that support the assertion that interaction with nature enhances people’s physical and psychological well-being.
  5. Attendees will be able to discuss how the impact of direct interaction with wild nature can influence the therapeutic process, educational experiences, and conservation initiatives.

This class is part of our Workshop Series.

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Presenter: Patricia Hasbach, PhD

Cost: $30, includes 3 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

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Online registration closes at noon Wednesday, March 18. If you have missed the online registration cut off, you are still welcome to join us at this workshop and register at the door.

About the Instructor

Patricia H. Hasbach, PhD is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and clinical psychotherapist with a private practice in Eugene, Oregon, and an adjunct faculty member at the graduate school at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and at Antioch University Seattle.

Her book, Ecopsychology: Science, Totems, and the Technological Species (MIT Press, 2012, edited with P.H. Kahn) was nominated for the 2014 Grawemeyer Award in Psychology which recognizes “outstanding ideas in the science of psychology and makes them available to a wide audience.” Her new book, The Rediscovery of the Wild, was published by MIT Press in 2013.

In addition to these books, Dr. Hasbach has 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, a publication of the Oregon Counseling Association 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 several popular and professional magazines including Time Magazine, Vogue, The Utne Reader, The Observer (a publication by the Association for Psychological Science), The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and The Monitor (a publication of the American Psychological Association).

As a clinician, Dr. Hasbach incorporates ecotherapeutic practices with traditional therapy in her work with adults, couples, and groups.  She also consults with hospitals, schools, architectural design and land-use planning firms, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and community groups. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal, Ecopsychology. 

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