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As many therapists are trying to sort out the best and safest way to resume in-person client sessions, a great and sensible solution is to move sessions outdoors.
The newly emerging field of ecopsychology offers some wonderful guidance and considerations for outdoor based therapy.

In this online workshop, Holos Director. Jan Edl Stein, MFT, will offer a model for moving clinical sessions outdoors.
Holos has been a pioneer in ecotherapy and is deeply committed to an ecopsychological perspective which takes into consideration how we are all shaped by our environment of origin as well as how we relate to our immediate ecosystem.  One outcome of this perspective is an eco-therapy application and more simply, taking the clinical container outdoors.

Holos has been offering training in ecopsychology since 1990 and has developed specific ecotherapy applications since then.

While moving a client session to the outdoors is not necessarily switching to ecotherapy, there are many overlaps and considerations.
In this webinar, Jan will outline pragmatic, ethical and legal issues, and clinical considerations as you may choose to work with clients outdoors.
We will cover logistical considerations, clinical considerations/concerns as well as some eco-therapy interventions that can enhance the session experience.

We will cover issues such as,…
*  How to assess appropriateness for outdoor sessions for particular clients
*  How to prepare your client for the session
*  Choosing the right place to work/meet
*  What releases/paperwork is best to use
*  How to handle interruptions/confidentiality breaches
*  How to structure a session for optimum outcome
*  Introducing some interventions from an eco-therapy  perspective
*  Keeping the clinical container contained
*  How to assess for clinical appropriateness for outdoor sessions

You will be offered a clear outline for moving your practice outdoors with handouts that include a check-list of considerations and important release forms.
There will be time for Q&A so that you may get your individual and particular situations addressed as best as possible.

As with all Holos programs, class size is limited to allow for the optimal  interaction and engagement.

This class also offers  2.5 CEUs for LCSWs, MFTs, LPCCs and other CA BBSE licenses.
Licensed therapists will be able to answer (at least) the following questions upon completion:
– List the recommended paperwork and legal considerations for moving a clinical session outdoors
– Name at least 3 clinical considerations that should be taken into account BEFORE moving a session outdoors
– Describe 2 ecotherapy interventions that may be integrated into an outdoor session
– Describe a skillful way to frame outdoor work to a client.
– List at least 2 clinical problems that might arise during an outdoor session and how to best address these.



$45 Licensed psychotherapists

$35  pre-licensed psychotherapists/non-therapists

$10 CEU (for any BBSE approved licensee)


This webinar will be offered in an interactive format via the ZOOM platform.
We will send you the Zoom meeting link a week before the webinar.
You will need to have the Zoom application installed on your laptop, tablet of phone to participate.
If you have any questions about how to join this online or how to set up your Zoom app, please email us at info@holosinstitute.net with your questions and, if you would like a quick phone consult,  please give 2 – 3 windows in which someone might contact you by phone for support in the week before the course.

Please be prepared to have your camera on and sound functioning. We strongly suggest you join the session about 15 minutes in advance to be sure that everything is working.

This is NOT your typical “passive” audience webinar…This webinar will invite your comments, questions and invite your active engagement throughout the session.

IF you are taking this for Continuing Education Units, at the close of this course, you will be provided a link to an online evaluation form.
Once you complete and submit the form, you will receive a CEU certificate via email within 3 days.

This course/program meets the qualifications for 2.5 hours of continuing education credit  for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral 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.  Holos Institute is a CAMFT Approved CEU Provider (#90905)
CEU participants will be required to complete an online survey after this course before receiving their certificate of attendance and CEU. This will require about 8 – 15 minutes more time above the in-class session.

In all of our continueing education programs, some activities within the course or program are not offered for continuing education credit .  These activities include meal times, breaks and personal explorations not related to client care.
This particular course will operate without breaks and all of the class time will be eligible for credit.


The fee is fully refundable minus a $10 processing fee if written notice (i.e., via email to info@holosinstitute.net) is received at least 2 weeks in advance.
ALL registration fees non-refundable with no exceptions after July 3, 2020.

If you have any special needs or issues attending this webinar please contact Jan directly at 415.250.3051 (text OK) or via email (info@holosinstitute.net) to work out any possible accommodations at least 2 weeks in advance.  We will do our best as possible to accommodate any special needs. Either Jan or our administrative director, Sara, will reach out to you.

If you have any concerns, questions or grievances, please contact us via email at info@holosinstitute.net.  Someone will respond to your email within 3 days.
We aim to resolve any grievance swiftly from a best intentions on both sides approach.






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