Organised by Confer
Course Director: Roger Duncan
Course Assistant Director: Dr Catriona Mellor
And 28 other presenters (in person or online) including:
Meredith Little – Co-Founder of the School of Lost Borders
Tom Cheetham – Author, teacher, scientist and poet
Robert Romanyshyin – Emeritus professor of clinical psychology at Pacifica Graduate institute
Nora Bateson – Filmmaker, Writer and systems thinker, President of the Bateson institute.
David Key – Ecopsychologist, Coach and Outdoor Educator
Bayo Akomalafe – Poet, Philosopher, Psychologist, Professor.
This programme offers a qualification in contemporary approaches to integrating eco-psychotherapy into psychotherapeutic work with young people. Based on theoretical foundations of child psychotherapy, immersive experiential contact with the wild, and a foundation in eco-psychology, it is focused on understanding the impact of nature upon the mental health of young people and ways to facilitate those connections.
This course is an invitation to radically reimagine the relationship between nature and human mental health with a particular focus on child and adolescent development. Its aim is to bring into creative dialogue a range of relevant approaches: eco-psychology, eco-psychotherapy, child and adolescent psychotherapies, outdoor leadership and wilderness work to address the needs of children and adolescents.
This course will integrate best practices from Western psychotherapeutic traditions with perspectives from multiple non-Western epistemologies for the long-term sustainability of the ecosystem and human culture. Through this we hope to offer an integrative model for working with child and adolescent clients by bringing them into a closer relationship with the natural environment.