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Psyche and Nature:  Taking the Clinical Container Outdoors

Course instructor: Jan Edl Stein, MFT
Holos Institute, CAMFT Approved Provider #90905



This course meets the qualifications for 6  hours of continuing education credit  for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavior Sciences.
Holos Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs . Holos maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

In this daylong workshop for psychotherapists and other healing arts practitioners, Jan will offer a model for exploring the inner landscape of the client as well as a simple model for outdoor based psychotherapy. Jan will cover basic practical considerations as one shifts the clinical container outdoors that includes logistics, best practices for therapeutic transition, and clinical assessment for process refinement. She will explore the fundamental clinical application of ecopsychology principles. She will also present a nature based context for specific psychological issues. Through experiential exercises you may begin to explore your own inner landscape and learn, first-hand, the basics of an earth-based psychotherapy. There will also be a chance to discuss clinical case material in relation to an eco psychological framework. We will also have a discussion about cultivating eco-resilience as well as eco-grief processes.

At the close of this workshop participants will be able to…
1. Describe an ecopsychological perspective in clinical practice
2. Identify 3 fundamentals of a nature based psychotherapy
3. Design and conduct outdoor therapy sessions
4. Identify the phases of an outdoor therapy session including specific clinical interventions
5. Apply a map of the psyche that is described by cycles in nature
6. Utilize resilience processes for grief and despair reactions to climate change


Samuel P. Taylor Park, Lagunitas (Marin Co.), CA
We will spend the entire day outdoors in a beautiful area of the park.


We will share a picnic style lunch on site.  Participants will need to bring their own bagged lunch.  There will be fruit and additional snacks as well as extra water provided.  Directions and details on how to prepare will be sent one week prior to the event.

*If the day brings s light, occasional rain, we will still meet


Jan Edl Stein, MFT (BBSE #25863) is the clinical director of Holos Institute, and eco-oriented clinician in private practice. She has been teaching ecopsychology and ecotherapy for over 15 years in a variety of venues including Holos’s public programs and as adjunct faculty at the California Institute if Integral Studies.  For more information about Jan please click here.

FEE:  $120 for registrations BEFORE March 31
$135 for registrations On or AFTER March 31

20% discount for seniors (65+) and full time students and MFT interns
Use promo codes SENIOR or STU_INTERN

CEU certificate:  $10
Certificates will be awarded at the completion of the workshop.


* Any cancellation greater than one week prior to the event is fully refundable minus a $30 handling fee
*Any cancellation in less than one week (7 days) is non-refundable UNLESS the event is full and your place may be filled by someone on the waitlist.  In this case your fee will be refunded minus a $30 handling fee.
* If it is raining hard, this workshop will be re-scheduled and anyone not able to re-schedule will receive a full refund

If you have any special needs please contact Jan directly at 415.751.1307 or via email ( to work out any possible accommodations.
If you have any concerns, questions or complaints, please contact us  via email at  Someone will respond to your email within 7 days.

Public Programs and Continuing Education

Holos offers an ongoing series of educational programs open to both the general public and to psychotherapists. All of these offerings resonate with the Holos vision of an integral approach to healing that considers the body, mind and spirit as well as the greater community in which we live. Our presenters are each a specialist in their field and bring a breadth of vision from cosmological perspectives to the mindful explorations of depth psychology. We strive to offer innovative and creative approaches to current topics in clinical psychology.

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