Ecotherapy Practices

Course CodeBPS220
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Explore Ecotherapy as a potent way of responding to physical and mental health issues.


Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Nature and Scope of Ecotherapy
    • Applications of ecotherapy
    • Ecopsychology
    • What is ecotherapy?
    • What is involved in ecotherapy
    • Using ecotherapy alongside other therapies
    • The need for mental health interventions
    • General benefits of nature on wellbeing
    • Ecotherapy settings
    • Useful terminology
  2. Theory of Ecotherapy
    • General findings
    • Ecological theories
    • Problems associated with built environments
    • Models underpinning ecotherapy
    • Nature and mental health research
    • Is direct contact with nature necessary?
  3. Ecotherapy Clients
    • General wellbeing benefits
    • Psychological benefits
    • Physical benefits
    • Understanding the body’s responses to stress
    • General barriers to getting involved in ecotherapy
    • How to overcome these barriers
    • Ecotherapy for mental disorders
    • Ecotherapy for physical conditions
    • Specific issues
  4. Intake Assessment & Ecotherapy Resources
    • Interviewing potential clients
    • Interviewing techniques
    • Determining suitability
    • Background history
    • Choosing ecotherapy environments
  5. Environment-Based Ecotherapy
    • Using the environment
    • Types of environment activities
    • Conservation projects
    • Wilderness therapy
    • Forest bathing
    • Breathing and relaxation exercises
    • Other outdoor activities
  6. Plant-Based Ecotherapy
    • Physical ecotherapy activities
    • Psychological ecotherapy activities
    • Fascination therapy
    • Adventure therapy
    • Horticultural therapy
    • Using the senses
  7. Animal-Based Ecotherapy
    • Bird watching
    • Pet therapy
    • Equine assisted therapy and horse riding
    • Animal habitats
    • Care farming and therapeutic farm activities
    • Interacting with wildlife
    • Using the senses
  8. Indoor Ecotherapy
    • Indoor applications of ecotherapy
    • Workspaces
    • Photographs
    • Growing at home
    • Fresh flowers in the home or ecotherapy space
    • Touching nature
    • Arts and crafts
    • Creating nature indoors
    • Pets and animals indoors
  9. Creativity based Ecotherapy
    • Therapeutic photography
    • Writing therapy
    • Art therapy
    • Music therapy
    • Drama therapy
    • Dance therapy
    • The benefits of creative therapies
  10. Holistic Wellness incorporating Ecotherapy
    • Walking
    • Relaxation
    • Mindfulness
    • Counselling in nature
    • Combining ecotherapy with other modalities
    • Our connection with nature

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