PECP Online Class 1 OBJECTIVES: Developing your own Nature Connection and identify the crucial need of this for ecotherapists clinical practice. Learn about the importance of reciprocity and right relationship with Nature and the sites you select for ecotherapy sessions. Learn the elements needed for a good outdoor ecotherapy site; Site considerations, ethical, safety, legal, client-site assessments. Considerations of indoor ecotherapy activities. Review learning from the 8-day immersion Other subjects of empirically founded information which, provides the therapist the ability to safely manage the environment in which clients do therapy. Understanding that one has a deep emotional connection to a place and deep understanding of the cycles of that place this knowledge can be transferred to another individual. Name First Last Email 1. Ecotherapy is well-described as;*The applied form of ecopsychologyTherapy that holds people as a part of and not apart from the natural worldA therapeutic approach that maintains that the human-Nature relationship is a key component of mental health and wellnessAll of the above2. Categories of Ecotherapy include all of these except for;*Animal-assisted therapyWilderness therapyEarth-emotive therapyEco-grief therapy3. Which of the following clients is not considered a good ‘fit’ for outdoor ecotherapy sessions?A teen with video gaming addictionA client with relationship issuesA client who already loves being outdoorsA client with strong sexualizing and idealizing transference with the therapist4. Which modality is not considered an ecotherapeutic modality?Animal-assisted therapyGreennpeace therapyTherapy applying mindfulness in natureHorticulture therapy5. It is important for ecotherapists to foster their own Nature Connection because:Just like other social skills such as empathy or compassion it is impossible to nurture a trait in another if that trait is not instilled and healthy in the therapist.It will make their clients respect themPlacing one's body in close proximity to natural elements grounds the individual thus providing an electrical discharge into the Earth providing a shift in neuro-electrical activity.It is required by your licensing board or certifying organization6. Which of the following best describes Nature Connection from an ecotherapeutic perspective?The extent to which individuals include nature as part of their identity.Having an intellectual knowledge of Natural History or a degree in biology or earth sciencesBeing able to name the animal species in your areaBeing able to show your clients how to predict the weather7. Which of the following are effective ways of fostering a therapist's or a client's Nature connection?Having a daily practice of spending time mindfully connecting with NatureLearning about the ecology of one’s local environmentTaking walks in your neighborhood parkAll of the above8. Which of the following is false about fostering an ecotherapist’s Nature ConnectionOnce I’ve achieved strong connection with Nature, I never have to tend to it againKnowledge about your local natural environment where you take clients is valuable for your work as an ecotherapistThe depth and extent of a therapist’s Nature Connection may impact the client’s ability to enhance their own Nature ConnectionA therapist’s Nature Connection is a personal, experiential and ongoing relationship9.Foundational Attachment is best defined as,The methodology for attaching structures to their underlying foundations, which mirrors how an individual relates to othersOur sense of belonging and feeling at home in natural settings and as an animal on this planetOur patterns of relating to others during the foundational periods of our childhoodKnowing all the plants in one’s ecoregion10. Foundational Attachment is similar to traditional Attachment patterning in being,Heavily influenced by the client’s relationship patterns with early caregiversOur primary style of relating to other peopleA key factor in a client’s ability to build foundations for buildingsA parallel system of attachment dynamics between the client and the natural work11. From the ecotherapeutic viewpoint, Foundational Attachment is,More important than psychological attachment patterns.Less important than psychological attachment patterning.Equally as important as psychological attachment patterns.The only thing that matters in client treatment.12. In Wilderness Reflections’ TerraSoma Approach to ecotherapy the ideal methodology for working with Foundational Attachment is,Working with both Foundational Attachment and traditional attachment dynamics.Focusing mostly upon Foundational Attachment because it’s more neglected in most people.Focusing mostly upon traditionall Attachment dynamics because everyone can relate to that.Work only on Foundational Attachment if the client specifically asks for it.13. Selecting optimal outdoor sites for ecotherapy is best done by,Finding a good spot using a map and GPS.Asking others for recommendations.Building one’s own relationship with sites you hope to use.Using sites known to be sacred to indigenous peoples.14. A good site for outdoor ecotherapy sessions should be,Comfortable and familiar to you and welcoming to the clientOffer both prospect and refuge opportunitiesTotally protect the client from exposure to the elementsBoth a. and b.15. Reciprocity with Nature is important because,it’s standard practice for all outdoor programs.it’s a central element in healing the imbalances in human-Nature relationships.it’s what Native Americans do.it can be done instead of paying park entrance fees or acquiring required permits.16. Ways of fostering reciprocity with Nature and one’s outdoor sites does not include,Telling others to avoid your site so it can be ‘saved’ for you and your clients.Making appropriate offerings of gratitude to a place.Reading a poem or song to a place.Clearing trash or other damaging human impacts from a site.17. Which of the following is NOT an important consideration in selecting sites for outdoor ecotherapy sessions?Client safety.Ability to manage client confidentiality well.Certainty that you will not encounter any other people during your sessionThe site’s characteristics match the client’s needs well18. The best outdoor ecotherapy sites will,Have everything a client needs.Offer a variety of micro-environments to meet varied client needs.Have big vistas and viewsheds so clients won’t feel trapped or claustrophobicHave a lot of protected nooks and hidden sanctuaries so clients won’t feel exposed or vulnerable19. How many times do you as therapist need to visit a site before you’re ready to bring clients to it?OneTwoFourAs many as it takes to be clear that it is safe, appropriate for your client and to assure that you’re in right relationship with that place.20. Being in ‘right relationship’ with a site or place in Nature means?You have rights to use that place.The place is public property or your own rightful property.You have fostered a reciprocal relationship with that place, feel welcomed there and have made an effort to assure that doing sessions there will do no harm.You have told a colleague that you’re going to be using that siteThank you for choosing Nature as your co-therapist. Please submit your quiz answers. Save and Continue Later PECP Online Class 2 OBJECTIVES Ability to name four indoor ecotherapy tools Learn the pros/cons of indoor vs. outdoor sessions and justifications for outdoor work Know the key elements to the effective use of imaginal connection with nature Be able to describe the neuroscience and neuroplasticity theory that explains why using imaginal nature connection is effective Read and be able to cite two research papers validating indoor ecotherapeutic modalities Email Name First Last 1. It is always a clinically superior choice to work outdoors with a client, True or False?*TrueFalse2. Clients with Impulse control issues are always a match for outdoor sessions because, there’s ample room for unpredictable or erratic behaviors outdoors, True or False?*TrueFalse3. If an ecotherapist chooses an outdoor therapy sites well, they can completely guarantee a client’s confidentiality will never be breached , True or False?TrueFalse4. One of the advantages of indoor sessions is an increased sense of containment and control of the surrounding therapeutic environment , True or FalseTrueFalse5. One of the advantages of outdoor sessions is greater opportunities to use a variety of seating and spacing orientations, True or False?TrueFalse6. Which of the following is not an indoor ecotherapy modality?Rock ReadingSandtray therapy with natural objectsSensory tablesReviewing ecological field research7. It is possible by a variety of means to change the subjective context of an indoor therapy setting to reflect position within and connection to Nature and its therapeutic resources, True or False?TrueFalse8. Using recorded sounds and imagery from wild natural settings can have a profound positive effect on a client’s nervous system and well-being, True or False?TrueFalse9. There is ample research supporting the statement in question 8 above, True or FalseTrueFalse10. Using Medicine Cards, Animal Power, Plant Power decks is one way to bring Nature and ecotherapy into the office, True or False?TrueFalse11. Mindfulness often plays a key role in effective indoor ecotherapy work , True or False?TrueFalse12. The majority of clients will be able to access some kind of positive Nature imagery if prompted to do so in a skillful manner by their therapistTrueFalse13. Guided imagery works best when only one sensory channel is focused upon. E.g., engage the clients visual imagination but not what they smell, hear, etc., True or False?TrueFalse14. The power of guided nature imagery work can be enhanced by shifting the work into another expressive channel (e.g., movement, voice/sounding, poetry, etc.), True or False?TrueFalse15. Working with Nature images is usually most effective if the therapist is providing for the client all of the images rather than letting the client generate their own, True or FalseTrueFalse16. The quote from Rick Hansen that “Neurons that fire together, wire together” refers to,Electro-stimulation of the brain to heal chronic depression.The interplay of mirror neurons in the neuronal mimicry between therapist and client.Neural pathways being reinforced by repetitive firing in a particular pattern/sequence.Loss of brain cells due to overactivity during hallucinogen use.17. According to neuroscience research, therapy will be most effective when it is experiential because healing and change happen when new neural pathways are created and reinforced, True or False?TrueFalse18. Neuroplasticiy is defined as the ability of the brain to change throughout an individual's life, True or False?TrueFalse19. Found nature objects can be brought into any private or agency office setting to do indoor ecotherapy work, True or FalseTrueFalse20. Having a client embody a part of nature that has arisen in a dream, fantasy or during actual time in nature can be a powerful way to bring ecotherapy into an indoor session, True or False?TrueFalseThank you for choosing Nature as your co-therapist. Please submit your quiz answers. PECP Online Class 3 OBJECTIVES Learn the clinical opportunities, challenges and special considerations of working ecotherapeutically with "the following client populations": Children Teens Addictions/Chemically Dependent Depression & Anxiety Email Name First Last 1. When working outdoors with children, non-directive play therapy is an efficacious approach easily adapted from office-based therapy, True or False?*TrueFalse2. Outdoor ecotherapy with kids requires extra awareness and safety education, especially with children less familiar with outdoor play time, True or False?*TrueFalse3. Outdoor therapy with kids offers greater liberty for children to express themselves in loud & strong ways and to have an impact on their surroundings in ways not usually permitted indoors, True or False?TrueFalse4. Working via fantasy or imaginative play outside with kids is harder than indoors because kids tend to be very concrete and literal, True or False?TrueFalse5. Teens are too sullen and reticent for ecotherapy to succeed, True or False?TrueFalse6. There is much evidence supporting the efficacy of wilderness therapy with teens, True or False?TrueFalse7. Because of their anti-social leanings, ecotherapy with teens must be individual rather than group. True or False?TrueFalse8. Working outdoors with highly labile and impulsive teens requires special safety considerations and protections., True or False?TrueFalse9. There are many ecotherapy modalities that have proven helpful for teens including wilderness therapy, equine therapy, horticultural therapy and therapy using primitive skills, True or FalseTrueFalse10. Group therapy with teens must be with single gender groups, True or False?TrueFalse11. If taking a teen with impulse-control outside for sessions, the therapist must attend to numerous special safety considerations such as what to do if the teen runs away and surveying the area for any materials or land features that could be used for self harm (eg. cliff jumping, rock or tree climbing, etc.) , True or False?TrueFalse12. There is no empirical evidence that ecotherapy works for addicts, True or False?TrueFalse13. Ecotherapy is contraindicated for addicts because psychological gains made in that setting are too hard to translate back into daily life, True or False?TrueFalse14. Time in Nature can be a very productive resource for chemically dependent clients in the early phases of recovery, True or False?TrueFalse15. Time in Nature can be a great help in clients in middle-phase of recovery as they do the work of healing that shadow/wounds the led them to the chemical dependency, True or FalseTrueFalse16. As with gambling, video gaming and other process addictions, there’s a significant risk that a chemically dependent person engaging in ecotherapy could end up addicted to time in nature and suffer negatively as a result, True or False?TrueFalse17. Ecotherapy as treatment for anxiety and depression is likely the most researched application of ecotherapy, True or False?TrueFalse18. Simply taking mindful walks in a natural setting can be more effective than almost any other single treatment for depression, True or False?TrueFalse19. While exercise is widely supported as one of the best treatments for depression, “Green” or out-in-natural-settings exercise is more therapeutic than either exercise or Nature time alone, True or FalseTrueFalse20. Ecotherapy offers an array of effective treatments for anxiety including horticultural therapy, Nature connection therapies and mindful contact with Nature objects., True or False?TrueFalseThank you for choosing Nature as your co-therapist. Please submit your quiz answers. PECP Online Class 4 Objectives Define Trauma from a somatic, nature-based perspective Learn how to identify the appearance of traumatic activation Learn why we must work differently with trauma than with developmental issues Distinguish between trauma resolution work and trauma ‘first aid’ Be able to identify 4 tools for outdoor-based ecotherapy trauma healing work Email Name First Last 1. Peter Levine defines trauma in simple terms as “anything that is too much, too soon, or too fast for our nervous system to handle…”, True or False?*TrueFalse2. Trauma occurs only in big, external events such as accidents, surgeries, wars, physical assault, etc, True or False?*TrueFalse3.How we respond to an event has a lot to do with whether it becomes ‘traumatic’ or generates symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress. , True or False?*TrueFalse4.Nature is too unpredictable and dangerous a place to do trauma resolution work. This work must be done indoors , True or False?*TrueFalse5. You can best tell if someone has experienced trauma by the activation of the persons CNS and body, True or False?*TrueFalse6. An event that is traumatic for one person might be insignificant or even fun for someone else, True or False?*TrueFalse7. Anger, anxiety, dissociation, digestive problems, hypervigilance and body tension can all be signs or symptoms of PTSD, True or False?*TrueFalse8. The slow rhythms of a settled natural landscape are ideal for supporting trauma resolution work, True or False?*TrueFalse9. When signs of trauma arise in a client, it is imperative to work differently rather than ‘deepening into it’ as therapists usually do with developmental wounding and shadow work, True or False?*TrueFalse10. Spacing or ‘zoning’ out and other dissociative reactions are often a signal of traumatic activation in a client, True or False?*TrueFalse11.Three reactions to trauma are Flight, Fight or Scream, True or False?*TrueFalse12. Rather than being therapeutic, unguided retelling of traumatic events in the wrong way (without more resources ‘on board’ for the client) can lead to retraumatization, True or False?*TrueFalse13. A therapist will always be able to tell when a client is beginning to get traumatically activated, True or False?*TrueFalse14. Providing ‘Trauma First Aid’ and reducing immediate symptoms of trauma is a different approach and skill set than working towards trauma resolution., True or False?*TrueFalse15. Grounding on the earth or via contact with large masses of rock, large trees, etc. can be an effective way of lessening traumatic activation, True or False?*TrueFalse16. When working with trauma, it works just as well to find a client’s initial soothing, settling resources as they are needed as it does to identify and access those resources first., True or False?*TrueFalse17. The concept of pendulation means moving between one traumatic experience and another traumatic experience, True or False?*TrueFalse18. In trauma resolution work, titration is the term used to describe finding the right amount of medicine to give a client to lessen their trauma., True or False?*TrueFalse19. Outdoor Nature time can never be traumatizing for people because Nature is so beautiful and wonderful, True or False?*TrueFalse20. The first step in doing any kind of trauma treatment work with a client is to hear the client’s detailed story about what happened that was traumatizing, True or False?*TrueFalseThank you for choosing Nature as your co-therapist. Please submit your quiz answers.