Ecopsychology

Summer 2017 quarter (Second Session)

Taught by

psychology
  • UG

Mind and nature are inseparable. The natural world is not outside of us or separate from us, but it is us. Ecopsychology is an exciting emerging perspective that explores the connection between psychological and ecological health. Many of our psychological ills and our addictions are directly related to our lack of awareness and our perceived disconnection from our natural origins. The very destruction of our habitat is an expression of this lack of connection to the ground of our being. There are many emerging approaches to deal with this, such as the greening of playgrounds, nature-based therapy, architecture that aims to connect us with a healthy habitat, and the exploration of our assumptions.

We will explore the historical and cultural influences underlying and leading up to this perceived separation from nature, cultural differences in perspectives, assumptions in psychology, the connections between pathology and this perceived separateness from nature, and the role of connectedness with nature in child development.

We will also explore the role of innovation, creativity and Active Hope in ecopsychological healing. Students will review the literature, engage in experiential activities and projects, and brainstorm solutions. Depending on the weather, we may spend some time outdoors.

Program Details

Fields of Study

psychology

Quarters

Summer Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location

Olympia

Time Offered

Evening

Advertised Schedule

Tuesdays, 6-10pm

Online Learning

No Required Online Learning