Course CodeSGP11
Fee CodeSG
Duration (approx)20 hours
QualificationCertificate of Completion

Ecotherapy involves exposure to nature. People are encouraged to harmonise with the earth and its balance systems because personal wellbeing relies on the wellbeing of the earth.

Explore different ways in which nature therapy seeks to promotes and maintain sustainability as people become more in tune with nature.


Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Nature & Scope of Ecotherapy Applications
    • Ecopsychology
    • What is Ecotherapy
    • Need for Mental Health Interventions
    • General Benefits of Nature on Wellbeing
    • Ecotherapy Settings
    • Care Farms
    • Community Gardens
    • Parks
    • Wilderness
    • Green Spaces
    • Nature in Towns and Cities
    • Terminology
    • Lesson Review
  2. Theoretical Perspectives
    • Ecological Theories
    • Problems Associated with Built Environments
    • Nature & Mental Health Research
    • Is Direct Contact with Nature Necessary?
    • Lesson Review
  3. Clients in Ecotherapy
    • Psychological Wellbeing Benefits to Clients
    • Physical Benefits to Clients
    • Barriers to Getting Involved in Ecotherapy
    • Psychological Issues -Biophobia, Agoraphobia, Autism
    • Physical Issues -Mobility, Sensory Deficits
    • Safe Practices – Hazards, Risks, Allergies, First Aid, Legalities, Insurance, Ethics
    • Lesson Review
  4. Outdoor Ecotherapy with Plants
    • Activities with Plants
    • Harvesting Food
    • Grow Your Own Food
    • Foraging
    • Conservation Projects
    • Gardening
    • 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
  5. Outdoor Ecotherapy with Animals
    • Ecotherapy with Animals
    • Bird Watching
    • Photography
    • Pets
    • Pet Therapy
    • Equine Therapy
    • Farms
    • Interacting with Wildlife
    • Water
    • Using the Senses
    • Lesson Review
  6. Indoor Ecotherapy Activities
    • Electronically Engaging with Nature
    • Photographs
    • Stargazing
    • Growing plants Indoors
    • Cut Flowers
    • Touching Nature
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Indoor Pets/ Animals
    • Lesson Review
  7. Creative Arts Ecotherapy Activities
    • Therapeutic Photography
    • Writing
    • Poetry
    • Art
    • Music
    • Drama
    • Dance
    • Play Therapy
    • Lesson Review
  8. Complementary Therapies and Activities
    • Walking
    • Relaxation
    • Mindfulness
    • Counselling in Nature
    • Silence
    • Other Modalities
    • Our Connection with Nature
    • Lesson Review
    • Final Assessment

Who is this course for?

This is suitable for –

  • Psychologists
  • Counsellors
  • Health professionals
  • Youth Worker
  • Carers
  • Support family member or friend

Studying made to suit you

  • Enrol at any time and start studying immediately.
  • Work through at your own pace - there are no deadlines for this course.
  • Automated self assessment tests pop up at the end of each lesson - review your results and re-do the tests if you wish.
  • The Short Course is completed with an automated exam - if you achieve a 60% pass in the exam, you immediately receive a downloadable certificate of completion with your name on it.
  • Developed by a school with 40+ years experience in education



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