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In class, I had the tangible experience of noticing myself learn. I could feel my level of awareness rippling outward throughout the weekend and it was fantastic!StudentIntroduction to Ecopsychology in Counseling course

Certificate Directors

Tod Sloan, Ph.D. teaches seminars on life span development, the social context of counseling, dialogue practices, social theory, and critical psychology.  In addition to co-coordinating the Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate program, he coordinates Project Dialogue. His current scholarship involves developing systems to support activists and change agents in grassroots ecological and social justice organizations. Currently, he focuses on how activists can reach the mainstream more effectively in order to deepen democracy and reduce economic injustice. Sloan is co-editor of the Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, which is officially sponsored by Psychologists for Social Responsibility and Counselors for Social Justice. He also edits the Palgrave book series called Critical Theory and Practice in Psychology and the Human Sciences. Read Tod Sloan’s complete bio

Thomas Joseph Doherty, Psy.D created and co-coordinates the Ecopsychology Certificate program. He specializes in teaching courses that integrate research on human relationships with the natural world, environmental conservation, and sustainability with modern counseling and psychotherapy practice. Thomas is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecopsychology and served as member of the American Psychological Association’s Climate Change Task Force.Thomas grew up in Buffalo, New York. His early career included work as a wilderness therapy expedition leader and professional river-rafting guide in the Grand Canyon. Thomas’ work has been featured in publications such as the Oregonian,The New York Times, and Sustainability. He lives with his wife and daughter in Northeast Portland. Read Thomas’ complete bio


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 Assn. 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. 


Certificate Candidate Profiles

Heidi Barnwell
Lewis & Clark Graduate School, Marriage, Couples and Family Therapy

Currently I am in my second year in the MCFT program. I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and I spent my undergrad years in Massachusetts. After college I taught English in Spain and traveled as much as my earnings allowed me. My interests include traveling, hiking, skiing, camping and spending time with my family, friends and dog, Tuuli. Growing up in Alaska gave me endless opportunities to develop a close relationship with nature and that relationship has been essential to my own well-being. I am excited to have the opportunity at Lewis and Clark to be in the Ecopsychology certificate program where I can explore my own relationship with nature and expand my knowledge in the field to incorporate Ecopsychology and Ecotherapeutic practice in my future work. With my dog, Tuuli, in Anchorage, Alaska on the trail above the house where I grew up. This trail has been a very special part of my life and it is my favorite natural space).

Emily Burks
Lewis & Clark Graduate School, Professional Mental Health Counseling

As a native Oregonian I have always felt very fortunate to live in such a beautiful abundantly green place. My connection with nature began at a very young age, hiking the trails of the Columbia River Gorge, kayaking on the Deschutes River, and skiing the slopes of Mt. Hood with family and friends. I have always dreamt of finding a way to incorporate my great love for the outdoors into my career and with the Ecopsychology certificate, I believe I have found the perfect opportunity for this. As I move forward, I would like to focus on integrating mindfulness and ecotherapy practices into my work with children and bereaved families. In the future, I would like to develop a program for children and families to find solace after the death of a loved one through restorative experiences in nature.

Jay Cacka
Lewis & Clark Graduate School, Professional Mental Health Counseling

I grew up in Oregon with a creek behind my house and loved playing in it, swimming and building forts. I always enjoyed camping and hiking and felt more connected to myself and nature when engaged in the outdoors. I am interested in therapeutic practices that include nature, spirituality and ecological consciousness. Raising awareness of who we are in relationship to the natural world and moving toward harmonious interdependence is a passion of mine. Nature has a lot to teach us if we will listen.

Cat Schulz
Lewis & Clark Graduate School, Professional Mental Health Counseling

I grew up on the Gulf Coast in Texas, went to college in Auburn, Alabama and have spent the majority of my life in the Southwest. I recently moved to Portland for the PMHC program with an Ecopsychology Certificate from Taos, New Mexico where I was living for three years in a spiritually-based farming community. I’ve been a yogini since age 11 and an herbalist since age 21. I’ve farmed, nannied, managed an office at a Hindu Temple, worked in a factory, and have traveled to Russia and Mexico. I am now here in Portland putting names to the suffering in the world, planning to create right livelihood by listening, helping, holding space and by contributing to planetary recovery.

Kirk Shephard
Lewis & Clark Graduate School, Professional Mental Health Counseling

Kirk grew up at the foot of the Laurel Highlands mountain range in southwestern Pennsylvania. At an early age, he had a strong sense of place and felt connected to the natural world around him. He is currently working as an intern at the William Temple House and SMYRC in Portland. His current interests lie in how multiple intersection identities can support or prevent the development of an ecological self. Kirk is especially interested in working with LGBTQ clients and in exploring how the normative construction of sexuality and gender place this population in relationship with nature. A capstone project aims to encourage LGBTQ youth to begin developing an ecological identity and recognizing ways in which sexual and gender diversity is central to the foundation of flourishing ecosystems.

Joshua Talbert
Lewis & Clark Graduate School, Professional Mental Health Counseling

Joshua was born in Brooklyn, NYC and lived there with his family until leaving in 2005. Subsequently, he has lived in Ohio, Alaska, and Oregon. Academically, he has a background in Dance/Somatic Studies and Classical Civilizations - both of which inform his interests in counseling and eco-psychology. He is particularly interested in embodiment as a resource for connection, exploration, and growth within the counseling relationship. Lately he has been exploring the wisdom of indigenous healing/spiritual practices and how they can inform his personal and professional work. Joshua is also an avid homesteader, with particular interests in natural building, leather crafting, animal husbandry, cheese making, and archery/bowhunting.

Christy Bell
MA 2012, Lewis & Clark Graduate School, Community Counseling 2012

I graduated from Lewis and Clark in 2010 with a degree from the Community Counseling program. I am currently living in North Carolina working with teens with legal involvement. I have frequently used skills and perspectives I gained during my Ecopsychology classes in my career to help client’s improve their relationships with others and with themselves. I hope to build additional skills and gain a deeper understanding of Ecopsychology through completing this certificate.

Ivy Katz
MA, 2013, Lewis & Clark Graduate School, Professional Mental Health Counseling

I am currently an intern at META (Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches).  During this internship I am being trained in Hakomi and other body centered psychotherapies. I currently work part time at the Center at Heron Hill, a nature-based equine assisted therapy and ecotherapy program. I have chose to focus my capstone project. With the help of Dr. Doherty, we have been working with Chemawa, a boarding school for Native American high school students. For my project, I have designed a full 8-week curriculum that utilizes ecotherapy for this specific population. It integrates culturally and developmentally appropriate themes with a variety of different experiential, mostly nature based activities/interventions. I currently teach with a nonprofit organization called Street Yoga, where I get to teach a class to teenage girls at a local treatment facility. I am originally from Cherry Hill, NJ and I have lived all across the country including, Vermont, Arizona, Utah, North Carolina and now Oregon.

Birdie Marmaduke, M.A.
Lewis & Clark Graduate School, Community Counseling

Birdie was born and raised in Portland, though a large portion of her childhood was also spent on the north Oregon coast. Her experience of these ecosystems throughout her youth made a strong impression on her. She has always been interested in the intersection between healing, nature, and spirituality. As such she has completed graduate degrees in both Applied Theology and Counseling Psychology, and believes the Ecopsychology certificate is a bridge through which all these subjects come together. She is the cofounder of a community service earth-centered spiritual group, SpiralWorks, which holds eight volunteer events each year followed by ceremonies that celebrate the cycles of the natural world. Her capstone will develop a group therapy curriculum in which participants use earth-centered metaphor to make meaning and will culminate in a group-developed ceremony for healing.

Jessica Worley
Lewis & Clark Graduate School, Professional Mental Health Counseling

Originally a Wyoming native, I grew up exploring the great outdoors. I was lured to the Pacific Northwest by the beauty of its forests and coastal islands. I enjoy backpacking, hiking, snowboarding, surfing, writing, travel, photography and adventure. I believe that developing and maintaining a kinship with nature is crucial for the overall well being of our human community and for all of our non-human relatives. I hope to support people through ecospychological practices so they may serve powerfully in the world and in doing so help shift the culture to a more evolved and sustainable level. My passions and future goals include, opening up a private practice where I can incorporate wilderness therapy programs, nature connection mentoring programs, and guide youth and adults through wilderness rites of passage and adventure therapy.