Upcoming Ecotherapy Training Workshops and Retreats

Clinical Ecotherapy: Integrating Nature-Based Approaches into Clinical Practice

When: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, November 10th, 2017

Where: UT School of Social Work CEU Workshop (3 CEU hours for SW, LPC, LMFT, LCDC/TAAP-R, and Psychologists) 

To register: https://socialwork.utexas.edu/event/clinical-ecotherapy/

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
Ecotherapy allows clinicians a framework to offer nature-based therapies to their clients. Decades of research demonstrates the positive effect exposure to nature has on mental health and well-being, and support integrating a nature-based approach into treatment, allowing clinicians a unique and holistic approach to working with clients. This presentation will define ecotherapy, introduce some of the salient research on this approach, describe how exposure to nature affects the brain and overall health and well-being, and will include clinical considerations, and practical, concrete ideas for beginning to integrate ecotherapy into practice. 

Please note: We will be doing some experiential exercises outdoors on campus, so please wear comfortable clothes


Coming Spring 2018: 

Two Ecotherapy Training Retreats in Texas allow you to receive CEU training (including ethics) in the emerging field of ecotherapy without having to travel out-of-state.

Ecotherapy for Clinicians: Integrating Ecotherapy into Clinical Practice

Overview

Ecotherapy allows clinicians a framework in which to offer nature-based therapies to their clients. Decades of research clearly demonstrates the positive effect nature has on mental health and well-being. Integrating nature as a co-therapist into the therapeutic process allows clinicians unique and holistic opportunities for exploring insight, growth, and healing.

Participants can expect to:

  • Receive a variety of practical ecotherapy techniques to help you begin offering ecotherapy to clients
  • Have rich opportunities to practice ecotherapy approaches and techniques
  • Learn and discuss how to add ecotherapy to your work ethically
  • Enjoy opportunities for networking and connecting with other therapists who share a desire to bring the natural world into clients’ healing and growth
  • Become a part of a growing network of Austin-area ecotherapists
  • Enjoy restorative and relaxing time in nature for personal and professional nourishment

You will also:

  • Set yourself and your practice apart
  • Be able to offer clients a unique approach
  • Be able to immediately begin offering ecotherapy to your clients
  • Become a part of an innovative, creative field which is thriving in other states and countries, yet is newly emerging in Texas
  • Learn an approach which lets you to work outside in the fresh air!

About the Lost Pines of Texas

The training retreats will most likely be held near Bastrop at McKinney Roughs Nature Park. This is a unique area which supports a distinct mixture of geology, soils, and plants and animals. Many wonderful animals live in or migrate through this location, finding the food, water, and protection they need to survive. Pileated woodpeckers, Cooper’s hawks, bullfrogs, and coyotes are but a few of the animals who make their homes in this area.

Who: Open to all therapists and counseling graduate students. Limited to 10 participants. 

When: TBD, mostly likely from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

CEUs: 6 or 7 total CEUs (1 hr. ethics) for MSWs, LPCs, and LMFTs*

Cost: $150 for professionals and $75 for Students and Interns (Early Bird). Partial scholarship opportunities available.

Registration: Coming soon. If you prefer to register offline, contact Amy at amysugeno@gmail.com or 830-613-1650.

*SW Approval Provider #7279. LPC Approval Provider #2879. LMFT Approval Provider #1058.

What people have said about Amy’s workshops:

“Thank you again for a phenomenal training!” – R., Counseling Graduate Student and Ecotherapy Training Retreat participant

“I loved Amy’s talk.  She gave me so many ideas to help clients. Her talk even helped me to see the benefit of me not just going on hikes occasionally on weekends but also building in small moments of ecotherapy or myself daily as part of good self-care.” – J., Clinical Psychologist  

 “Amy has the remarkable gift of gentle and thoughtful guidance. She is a beautifully skilled and intuitive facilitator.” – Jane, ecotherapy workshop participant

“(Ecotherapy) feels like I am giving myself the gift of connection with nature in a meaningful and intentional way for the first time. And coming to your training was one of the first ways I did that. Thank you for being so bold with your passion – it encourages me to do the  same!” – A., LPC and Ecotherapy Training Retreat Participant


Past Clinical Ecotherapy Training Workshops and Retreats:

July 2016 & August 2017: C0-taught Ecotherapy Certificate and Training Program: A Five-Day Immersion in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia at Seven Oaks Retreat Center, Charlottesville, VA

June 2017: Nature as Co-therapist: Incorporating Nature Connection into Therapeutic Work with Children and Adults, Wildrock ecotherapy center, Crozet, VA

April & May, 2017: Ecotherapy for Clinicians: Integrating Ecotherapy into Clinical Practice, 4 training retreats for clinicians in various locations in Austin and the Hill Country

November 2016: Clinical Ecotherapy: Integrating Nature-Based Approaches into Clinical Practice, UT School of Social Work CEU Workshop

Outdoor classroom space for Clinical Ecotherapy Training Retreat at McKinney Roughs Nature Park

 

Experiential Activity at “Nature as Co-Therapist” training at Wildrock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Clinical Consulting

If you would like to schedule individual time to talk about your specific work or practice, you might consider scheduling a consulting appointment. Options for consultation can include: discussing how to integrate ecotherapy into your work in a way that is unique and customized to you, visiting your office to identify outside ecotherapy interventions, or individualized case consultation about using ecotherapy with a particular client.

Consultations can be done on the phone or in person. My fee for telephone consulting is $75 for an hour. For consultations that involve traveling, there will be an additional mileage fee, based on the standard state mileage reimbursement. For most areas within 30 miles from my office in Marble Falls, the rate will be around $25.

To schedule a consult, please call me at (830) 613-1650.