Ecotherapy Practice

Ecotherapy Practice

Course Code BPS220
Qualification Statement of Attainment
Payment Options Upfront & Payment Plans
Delivery Online & Correspondence
Duration 100 Hours

Ecotherapy involves the integration of nature or the natural environment with other kinds of therapy or care-related businesses.


The practice of ecotherapy recognises the wide range of benefits that the natural world can offer to a person's general health and well-being. Ecotherapy includes treatments like horticultural therapy, pet therapy, forest bathing and a wide range of nature-basedactivities.

This course is designed to give you a detailed understanding of the full range of practices linked to ecotherapy and the evidence to support their effectiveness and treatment for both psychological and physical conditions.

How do you practice ecotherapy?
Ecotherapy can be practiced professionally as part of an existing holistic health,
psychotherapeutic, outdoor, or adventure-based business. It can also be integrated into
self-care and personal development activities.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Nature and Scope of Ecotherapy

o Applications of ecotherapy
o Ecopsychology
o What is ecotherapy?
o What is involved in ecotherapy?
o Using ecotherapy alongside other therapies
o The need for mental health interventions
o General benefits of nature on wellbeing
o Ecotherapy settings
o Useful terminology

Lesson 2: Theory of Ecotherapy

o General findings
o Ecological theories
o Problems associated with built environments
o Models underpinning ecotherapy
o Nature and mental health research
o Is direct contact with nature necessary?

Lesson 3: Ecotherapy Clients

o General wellbeing benefits
o Psychological benefits
o Physical benefits
o Understanding the body’s responses to stress
o General barriers to getting involved in ecotherapy
o How to overcome these barriers
o Ecotherapy for mental disorders
o Ecotherapy for physical conditions
o Specific issues

Lesson 4: Intake Assessment & Ecotherapy Resources

o Interviewing potential clients
o Interviewing techniques
o Determining suitability
o Background history
o Choosing ecotherapy environments

Lesson 5: Environment-Based Ecotherapy

o Using the environment
o Types of environment activities
o Conservation projects
o Wilderness Therapy
o Forest bathing
o Breathing and relaxation exercises
o Other outdoor activities

Lesson 6: Plant-Based Ecotherapy

o Physical ecotherapy activities
o Psychological ecotherapy activities
o Fascination therapy
o Adventure therapy
o Horticultural therapy
o Using the senses

Lesson 7: Animal-Based Ecotherapy

o Bird watching
o Pet therapy
o Equine assisted therapy and horse riding
o Animal habitats
o Care farming and therapeutic farm activities
o Interacting with wildlife
o Using the senses

Lesson 8: Indoor Ecotherapy

o Indoor applications of ecotherapy
o Workspaces
o Photographs
o Growing at home
o Fresh flowers in the home or ecotherapy space
o Touching nature
o Arts and crafts
o Creating nature indoors
o Pets and animals indoors

Lesson 9: Creativity based Ecotherapy

o Therapeutic photography
o Writing therapy
o Art therapy
o Music therapy
o Drama therapy
o Dance therapy
o The benefits of creative therapies

Lesson 10: Holistic Wellness incorporating Ecotherapy

o Walking
o Relaxation
o Mindfulness
o Counselling in nature
o Combining ecotherapy with other modalities
o Our connection with nature

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If you are an Irish citizen you may be eligible to receive financial support, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Additionally, if you are a resident of Ireland, you may also be eligible to receive a student grant under the Student Grant Scheme

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