Ecotherapy recognises the power of nature to boost physical and mental health and wellbeing. This course is ideal for anyone who wants to integrate nature into popular therapies, self-care or healthcare-related businesses such as counselling.
The Certificate of Ecotherapy is an online professional development course that will help you understand the full range of practices linked to ecotherapy and the inherent benefits for psychological and physical health.
In this ecotherapy course, you will explore the evolution of ecotherapy, ecological theories, applications for offices, homes and workplaces, and evidence supporting treatment effectiveness.
You will also learn how to integrate nature, from animal to plants, into professional and holistic therapies and evaluate potential sites for ecotherapy practice.
On completion of this course, you will have gained valuable insight into integrating ecotherapy into your professional practice or self-care routine.
Unit -Ecotherapy Practice
Unit 1 – Nature and scope of ecotherapy
Applications of ecotherpay
What is ecotherapy?
What is involved in ecotherapy?
Mental health interventions
Benefits of nature on wellbeing
Nature in the town and city
Unit 2 – Theoretical perspectives
Problems associated with built environments
Models underpinning ecotherapy
Nature and mental health research
Is direct contact with nature necessary?
Unit 3 – Ecotherapy clients
The value of ecotherapy
Psychological benefits to clients
Connection with others
Physical benefits to clients
Understanding the body’s responses to stress
Symptoms (fight or flight)
Short term response to stress
Acute stress response
Long term response to stress
Barriers to getting involved in ecotherapy
How to overcome these barriers
Case example: pet therapy for an anxious child
Ecotherapy for mental disorders
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Stress reduction and mood regulation
Stress reduction and mood regulation
Ecotherapy for physical conditions
Unit 4 – Intake assessment & ecotherapy resources
Interviewing potential clients
Background history (presenting problems, history, family system and personal history)
Children and adults
Choosing ecotherapy environments
Hazards and risks
Identifying hazards and risks
Prioritise, act and begin control measures
Hierarchy of control to eliminate the risk or minimise exposure
Legislation & insurance
Unit 5 – Environment-based ecotherapy
Using the environment
Types of environment activities
Green exercise & green gyms
Exercise in green or blue gyms
How to do breathing & relaxation exercises
Deep breathing with meditation
Progressive muscle relaxation
Other Outdoor Activities
Unit 6 – Plant-based ecotherapy
Physical ecotherapy activities
Growing your own food
Beneficial ecotherapy activities
Activity – how to make bonsai
Psychological ecotherapy activities
Using the five senses to improve our psychological and physical wellbeing
Unit 7 – Animal-based ecotherapy
Pets and pet therapy
Therapeutic farming activities
Interacting with wildlife
Whales and dolphins
Using our senses to appreciate animals in nature
Connecting with animals
Unit 8 – Indoor Ecotherapy
Indoor applications of ecotherapy
Electronically engaging with nature
Growing at home
Fresh flowers in the home or ecotherapy space
Arts and crafts
Creating nature indoors
Pets & animals indoors
Unit 9 – Creativity-based ecotherapy
Other creative therapies (music, drama, dance and play)
The benefits of creative therapies
Unit 10 – Holistic wellness incorporating ecotherapy
Using ecotherapies (walking, relaxation and mindfulness)
Counselling in nature
Other modalities used in ecotherapy
Connecting with nature
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.