Ecotherapy short course, study nature-based therapy, at home by Distance Education

Course Code: SGP11
Fee Code: SG
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 20 hours
Qualification Certificate of Completion
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Understand how nature can help promote healing and growth of general wellbeing and mental health.

Ecotherapy or Green therapy - a practice of ecopsychology

  • Connect with Nature
  • Increase general well being and mental health

This course will broaden and deepen your understanding of nature therapies or ecotherapy's.


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, Agoriphobia, 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.


Course Contributors

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