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Eco-Psychotherapy: Therapy with the earth in mind

With Eco-Psychotherapist Mary-Jayne Rust


Saturday 11 May 2019 - London



FULL PROGRAMME
09.30   Registration and coffee
10.00   

Eco-psychotherapy: An introduction to the field
Eco-psychotherapy emerges from a broad field known as ecopsychology. Mary-Jayne will give an overview of some of the main themes and ideas: the ecological self, the ecological unconscious and the place of dreams; child development in relationship with nature: biophilia and nature deficit disorder; domestication of the self and its re-wilding; consumerism, addictions and the empty self; anthropocentrism and its parallels with other oppressions, such as racism and sexism; how does this connect with the idea of the multi-cultural self? Are there any current psychological theories or models which can support the work of eco-psychotherapy?
11.15   Coffee
11.45   

What does it mean to practice with the earth in mind?
Mary-Jayne will give some examples of eco-psychotherapy in practice such as: distress about climate change and the loss of species; the deep attachments with place, animals or plants; dream material; eating problems and consumerism; the struggle with embodiment and connection with the animal self. Responding to any such material must depend entirely on what is happening with the client; at the same time we will explore if there are helpful pointers in responding to these issues.
13.00   Lunch (Included)
14.00   

A chance to spend time outdoors and then share in group
15.00   Tea
15.30   

Taking Psychotherapy Outdoors
There are many forms of ecotherapy emerging such as: taking psychotherapy outdoors into local parks or further afield; wild therapy; environmental arts therapy; and Buddhist ecotherapy. Being outdoors in the forest, or by the sea, offers healing in itself - but what happens to the therapeutic relationship when we venture outdoors? Mary-Jayne will describe some of her own experiences of practising outdoors; this will include the benefits and challenges for both client and therapist; re-thinking therapeutic boundaries; how to choose where to work; the transference outdoors; the frequent occurrence of synchronicity and borderland experiences (described by J. Bernstein in his book Living in the Borderland).
16.30   

Open session
A chance to gather together questions and experiences from the day.
17.00   Farewell and Certificates
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Fees

Handouts and lunch included
Self-funded: £120
Self-funded x 2: £200
Organisationally-funded: £200
Psychotherapy trainee: £80 (Limited to 10 places)
This event + the online module Eco-Psychotherapy: £210
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CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event
Venue

Room H20
Wetland Centre
Queen Elizabeth's Walk
Barnes
London
SW13 9WT
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Schedule

Saturday
09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:00 Tea
17:00 End
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