Saturday, March 11, 2017
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. One hour break for lunch
This 6-hour continuing education opportunity focuses on the last six sessions of the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy program and is one of the required courses to become acertified Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator. This program is based on theMindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook by Charlton Hall, LMFT/S, RPT-S. The workbook and the Facilitator Manual for Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy are available at Amazon and most major media outlets.
This program meets at Wildcat Wayside in north Greenville County off of Highway 11. This is an outdoor location that is not handicapped accessible without assistance. If you need such assistance please notify us ahead of time so that arrangements can be made. Since this is a fairly remote location, participants are asked to bring a bag lunch. There are also a couple of cafes in local convenience stores that serve hot dogs, hamburgers and barbecue.
The last six sessions of the 12-session Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy program cover the following skills:
Centering yourself is allowing yourself to get in touch with and be open to your True Self. It is allowing yourself to realize that you are perfect just as you are, even with your imperfections, because those feelings and desires are also a part of who you really are. If you accept your imperfections and integrate them into your way of thinking and feeling about yourself, you will obtain peace of mind, and you will be centered. Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy (MBE) teaches you how to Center.
Suppose you could take all the spiritual paths practiced worldwide, put them into a cauldron, and boil them down to their essence. What would remain? I believe that the common thread to all spiritual practices is a feeling of connection. Connection to others, or connection to the divine, or simply connection to nature and to ourselves. In short: Spirituality = Connectedness. If you think back on the spiritual experiences you’ve had in your lifetime, do recall feeling connected on some level? Many describe spiritual experiences as a sense of ‘oneness.’ Oneness implies connection to something outside ourselves. In this sense, even an agnostic or an atheist could achieve spirituality through connection. Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy (MBE) can be one of the paths you use to re-connect.
9. Nature as Metaphor
Each of us lives in our own personal fairy tale called ‘my life.’ We all have good things that happen to us, and we all have bad things that happen to us. We create our own personal myths by choosing which things to focus on in our own lives. The good news about the myth of our lives is that we are the author. So if we don’t like the way the story is going, we have the power to do a ‘rewrite’ at any time. We can’t always choose the circumstances of our lives, but we can always choose the story we create about those circumstances. If you go out into the woods and start observing things, you will notice something begin to happen. You will begin to create stories about the events you observe there in the forest. These stories that spring to mind in the woods can tell you a great deal about what is going on in your own unconscious mind, if you know how to pay attention to them. Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy (MBE) teaches you how to pay attention.
10. Nature as Teacher
Our ancestors knew hundreds of medicinal uses of local plants and herbs. They knew the seasons, when to plant, when to harvest, how to forecast the weather by the behavior of plants and animals, and a host of other things based on their observations of nature. The lessons our ancestors learned haven’t gone away. They’re sill there, waiting in the forest like an open book. All we have to do is to learn how to read it. Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy (MBE) teaches us the language of nature so that we may read its ‘book.’
11. Nature as Nurture
A large and growing body of research has demonstrated that nature has incredible healing powers. People who go into the woods become calmer, more relaxed, less stressful, and healthier. Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy (MBE) can be used to tap into the nurturing power of nature.
12. Nature as Healer
Research continues to demonstrate the healing power of nature. People in hospital rooms that have windows overlooking a garden recover faster than those who do not. People who swim with dolphins recover from depression more quickly than people who take antidepressants. Children with ADHD who play outdoors regularly display fewer symptoms than those who do not. These are just a few examples of the many beneficial effects of the healing power of nature. Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy (MBE) helps you to connect to this healing power.
•Define “mindfulness” in the context of behavioral health
•Define “ecotherapy” in the context of behavioral health
•List and describe the six basic skills of Mindful Awareness
•Differentiate between Doing Mode and Being Mode
•Differentiate between Thinking Mode and Sensing Mode
•Define the concepts of Wise Mind, Rational Mind and Emotional Mind
•Describe the process of Letting Go and relate it to Radical Acceptance
•Define and describe the concept of “True Self”
•Describe what “Living in the Now” means
•Describe the process of centering
•Define “connecting” in the context of Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy
•Describe the concept of Nature as Metaphor and how it relates to Narrative Therapy
•Describe the process and some of the techniques of Nature as Teacher
•Discuss some of the research pertaining to Nature as Nurture
•Discuss some of the research pertaining to Nature as Healer
The Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook
by Charlton Hall, LMFT/S, RPT-S
Paperback: 242 pages
This workbook introduces the 12 skills of Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy (MBE) and introduces one of these skills at each of the 12 sessions in the program. Although this book is designed to accompany the 12-week Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy workshop series, it may also be completed on your own at home. The experiential nature of the work allows anyone with access to outdoor spaces the opportunity to complete the series. Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy allows you to embrace the healing power of nature in an experiential way.
Charlton Hall, MMFT, LMFT/S, RPT-S
SC LMFT/S #4606
SC LMFT #4525
NC LMFT #1628
RPT-S # S1947
SC Board Approved Permanent Sponsor of Continuing Education #495
Charlton (Chuck) Hall holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Converse College and a Bachelor of Science in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina Upstate. He is currently a doctoral student in Applied Ecopsychology. In 2008 Charlton was awarded a two-year postgraduate fellowship in Mindfulness, Ecopsychology and the Family System where he studied applied ecopsychology and mindfulness in a clinical setting. Prior to becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist Hall worked in the addiction treatment field.
In addition to ecotherapy Charlton Hall is trained in Sandtray Expressive Arts Therapy, Play Therapy with victims of trauma, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Ecopsychology, and Mindfulness.
Hall’s area of research and interest is using Mindfulness and Ecopsychology to facilitate Acceptance/Change strategies within a family systemic framework, and he has presented research at several conferences and seminars on this and other topics. He also facilitates workshops on Mindfulness, Family Therapy and Ecopsychology throughout the Southeast.
He is the author of Green Circles: A Sustainable Journey from the Cradle to the Grave, The Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook and The Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator Manual, Starting a Family Therapy Business, the Mindful Mood Management Workbook, and the Mindful Mood Management Facilitator Manual.
Bachelor of Science in Experimental Psychology, USC Upstate
Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, Converse College
Two-Year Post-Graduate Fellowship in Mindfulness and Ecotherapy
Current PhD student in Applied Ecopsychology
Clinical Member of the Association for Play Therapy
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor SC LMFT/S # 4606
Registered Play Therapy Supervisor (RPT-S)
CERTIFICATIONS & TRAINING
•Addressing Early Trauma with Play Therapy 6 hours
•Techniques for Child and Play Therapist Supervisors 8 hours
•Interpersonal Neurobiology of Play 5 hours
•Ethics and Boundaries in Family Therapy 3 hours
•Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship 11 hours
•Sand Tray Expressive Arts Therapy 40 hours
•Theraplay® with Adolescents 3 hours
•Assessing the Meaning of Play in Child Centered Play Therapy 1 hour
•Earth-Based Clay and Play Therapy 2 hours
•The Power of Connection 10.5 hours
•Play Therapy Supervision 8 hours
•Love as a Focal Concept in Couples Therapy 15 hours
•Core Competencies of Trauma-Informed Care 5 hours
•Impact of Trauma on Children 2 hours
•Trauma and the Brain 3 hours
•Understanding Recovery 1 hour
•Clinical Supervision 12.75 hours
•Ethics 2 hours
•Patient Rights 2 hours
•Crisis Management 2 hours
•Treatment of Severe and Persistent Mental Illness 4.25 hours
•Relapse Prevention & Recovery-Based Treatment 8.75 hours
•Child-Parent Relational Therapy 12 hours
•Motivational Enhancement Therapy 7 hours
•ASAM Patient Placement Criteria 1.5 hours
•Comorbid Disorders 1.25
•Mindfulness and the Family System with Trauma Victims 24 months
•Dialectical Behavior Therapy 45 hours
•QPR Suicide Prevention Training 3 hours
•Certified SMART Recovery Facilitator/Volunteer Advisor
•Motivational Interviewing 12 hours
•North Carolina Interventions training 7 hours
•Person-Centered Thinking 14 hours
•Child-Family Team training 12 hours
•Parental Alienation Syndrome 5 hours
•LGBT-Q issues in Therapy 2 hours
•Cultural Diversity 2.5 hours
•Coming Out, Coming Home: Helping Families Adjust to a LGBT-Q Child 10 hours
•Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 10 hours
•E-Therapy Online Therapy Training 20 hours
Mindful Ecotherapy Organization
PO Box 102
Cleveland SC 29635