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Course CodeSG
Fee CodeSG
Duration (approx)20 hours
QualificationCertificate of Completion

Ecotherapy- Short Course

Ecotherapy- 20 hour course

Ecotherapy, also known as nature therapy, is a very real treatment which is gaining increasing use in mainstream health care.
Modern research has shown that health can be enhanced, and healing hastened through engagement with nature. Examples of ecotherapy can include structured activities such as horticultural therapy, pet therapy, forest bathing, swimming with dolphins or outdoor painting or yoga classes.

Academic research from around the world has revealed some remarkable facts about how simply being in a natural setting can have a huge impact on health. We know for a fact that hospital stays can be shortened, and recovery from illness hastened by providing views from a bed into a park or garden.

This course helps you to understand how interacting with nature can benefit human health and wellbeing; and gives you a wide range of different types of ecotherapeutic activities you can draw upon in order to respond to a person’s therapeutic needs. You will develop a fundamental understanding of ecotherapy and forge a foundation to continue developing your knowledge and understanding of the subject post study.

This course has very real value for anyone working in the field of health whether professionally or as support for a family member or friend. 

What's covered in the course?

Lesson 1.  Nature & Scope of Ecotherapy Applications
What is Ecotherapy
Need for Mental Health Interventions
General Benefits of Nature on Wellbeing
Ecotherapy Settings
Care Farms
Community Gardens
Green Spaces
Nature in Towns and Cities
Lesson Review

Lesson 2.  Theoretical Perspectives
Ecological Theories
Problems Associated with Built Environments
Nature & Mental Health Research
Is Direct Contact with Nature Necessary?
Lesson Review

Lesson 3.  Clients in Ecotherapy
Psychological Wellbeing Benefits to Clients
Physical Benefits to Clients
Barriers to Getting Involved in Ecotherapy
Psychological Issues -Biophobia, Agoriphobia, Autism
Physical Issues -Mobility, Sensory Deficits
Safe Practices – Hazards, Risks, Allergies, First Aid, Legalities, Insurance, Ethics
Lesson Review

Lesson 4.  Outdoor Ecotherapy with Plants
Activities with Plants
Harvesting Food
Grow Your Own Food
Conservation Projects
Green Exercise, Green Gyms
Blue Spaces
Psychological Ecotherapy Activity – Fascination Therapy, Nature Meditation, Forest Bathing, Horticultural Therapy, etc
Using the Senses – Taste, Sound, Smell. Touch, Sight
Extreme Weather
Lesson Review

Lesson 5.   Outdoor Ecotherapy with Animals
Ecotherapy with Animals
Bird Watching
Pet Therapy
Equine Therapy
Interacting with Wildlife
Using the Senses
Lesson Review

Lesson 6.  Indoor Ecotherapy Activities
Electronically Engaging with Nature
Growing plants Indoors
Cut Flowers
Touching Nature
Arts and Crafts
Indoor Pets/ Animals
Lesson Review

Lesson 7.   Creative Arts Ecotherapy Activities
Therapeutic Photography
Play Therapy
Lesson Review

Lesson 8.  Complimentary Therapies and Activities
Counselling in Nature
Other Modalities
Our Connection with Nature
Lesson Review
Final Assessment