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Primary Certificate in Ecopsychology Informed Coaching and Counselling Practice



This 2-day programme provides an overview to the theory, research and practice of ecopsychology and its application to the fields of coaching and counselling. It has been designed for practitioners wishing to use ecologically based interventions and techniques within their practice including coaches, counsellors, complementary therapists, positive and coaching psychologists.

Ecopsychology is the study the relationship between people and the natural world. Ecopsychology based research has highlighted how people can benefit from connecting with nature in green and blue spaces such as parks and lakes. 

This programme is run in association with our affiliated faculties, International Centre for Ecopsychology. Centre for Stress Management and Centre for Coaching and is recognised by the International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP) for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). ISCP and International Guild of Complementary Therapists (IGCT) members can obtain a 20% discount. (This programme is not suitable practitioners who are already experienced and/or very knowledgeable about ecopsychology.)

The workshop is recognised by the International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP) as providing CPD/CPE for its Members. 


This programme will include information about ecopsychology theory, research and practice and consider how a practitioner can apply it to their domain of practice such as coaching or counselling. Climate, environmental and conservation psychology will be defined and discussed in relation to ecopsychology.  The programme will look at tackling eco-anxiety and stress which is increasing due to the existential concerns about climate change and the planet. A positive psychology and cognitive behavioural approach will be highlighted.

Subject to weather conditions and technology, learners may be able to hold a skills practice session outside their property with other learners attending the programme (see important notice below). Although not essential, this will give learners experience of coaching or counselling outside of the practice room or offices.

Learners are provided with a printed workbook. Also there is access to online resources including articles and videos.

For the purposes of skills training, Learners should be prepared to discuss one problem or issue in small group or pair work. Normal rules of confidentiality apply.

Important notice: Prior to attending the programme, learners need to consider how they maybe able to work outside their property for one or two of the peer training exercises. Although this is not essential, it will provide real life experience of peer coaching when both parties are outdoors. We recommend that all learners have already downloaded the Zoom app onto their phones or laptops for the outdoor sessions.


  • To become knowledgeable about applied ecopsychology and its application to coaching and counselling practice


  • To become knowledgeable about ecopsychology theory, research and practice and its application to coaching and counselling

  • To define ecopsychology, climate, environmental and conservation psychology

  • To become knowledgeable about the benefits of connecting with nature in green and blue spaces

  • To gain practise of a ‘walk and talk’ or outdoor skills practice session using mobile phones or alternative technology

  • To become knowledgeable about the benefits of using nature inspired imagery to reduce stress, enhance wellbeing and resilience

  • To understand a psychological perspective of eco-stress, eco-anxiety and eco-depression and the alternatives of eco-concern and eco-sadness

  • To reduce eco-anxiety by modifying eco-anxiety thoughts (EATs) and beliefs that contribute or trigger the emotional state

  • To use worksheets to tackle climate eco-anxiety thoughts (EATs) and beliefs

  • To reflect upon how ecopsychology based interventions could be integrated within an ethical coaching and/or counselling practice

  • To consider how nature–based Interventions can be used for improving health and wellbeing at a community level

  • To discuss how to obtain appropriate supervision for an outdoors coaching and/or counselling practice

  • To consider health and safety issues relating to working outdoors


A CPD certificate is provided for all attendees. Learners wishing to obtain a Certificate of Achievement need to submit a 750 word Post Programme Review. 


The trainer is Professor Stephen Palmer PhD and/or Dr Siobhain O’Riordan PhD. Both trainers are award winning chartered psychologists who have undertaken ecopsychology based research and have facilitated ‘walk and talk’ coaching workshops and masterclasses at international and national conferences. They are both editors of a peer reviewed publication, the Journal of Ecopsychology (JoE) and are on the Advisory Board of the ISCP Faculty of Climate Change and Coaching Psychology.




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