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Saturday, March 7 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Embracing the Mother: The importance of ecopsychology in counseling psychology doctoral training programs for social and restorative justice.

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The American Psychological Association mandates providing culturally competent training, and counseling psychology training programs have embraced a leadership role in focusing on social justice as a “fifth force” (Smith, Constantine, Dunn, Dinehart, & Montoya, 2006; Miller & Sendrowitz, 2011; Ratts & Hutchins, 2009). Ecopsychology can help in developing culturally competent psychologists by providing additional cultural context related to client relationships with nature, as well as addressing ecological social injustices that negatively impact mental health such as proximity to toxic industries (Sicotte & Swanson, 2007). Ecopsychology examines human relationships with the environment, and the degradation of the environment, which impacts human mental health and mental health treatment provided by counseling psychologists and trainees. A lack of research related to the incorporation of ecopsychology into counseling psychology training programs could possibly indicate that training programs have yet to provide training in ecopsychology or offer ecopsychology courses. The purpose of this study was to assess inclusion of ecopsychology in APA-accredited counseling psychology doctoral programs, as well as attitudes, familiarity, and interests toward ecopsychology. As ecopsychology is a recently developing area of study, research is needed to understand its presence in counseling psychology (Roszak, 1992). This assessment helps identify the current role of ecopsychology in counseling psychology social justice training and inform future directions for increased inclusion. Suggestions for training, therapy, and community engagement are examined as well.


Saturday March 7, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
Redwood