PSY 509 Ecopsychology
Ecopsychology is a multidisciplinary research and practice approach for which the psychosocial health of human beings depends on that of the natural world. As ecopsychologist Andy Fisher puts it: We too are nature. In this course we will learn about the origins, assumptions, and practices of ecopsychology; hear about the research supporting its practical arm, ecotherapy; and explore its potential not only as a path of nature wisdom and healing, but as a form of ecospirituality, a contemporary project with ancient roots found in cultures around the world. We will also discuss how ecopsychological learnings can bring wisdom and insight to the multiple global ecological crises now bearing down on us.
Buzzell, L., & Chalquist, C. (Eds.)(2009). Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind. Berkeley: Counterpoint. ISBN 978-1578051618. Note: This text gives an introduction to both ecopsychology and its applied form of ecotherapy: ecopsychology for healing.
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.
Craig is Associate Provost at Pacifica Graduate Institute and co-editor of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind. All of his books focus on the intersection of story, psyche, nature, and dream.