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The five-course concentration in Ecotherapy integrates perspectives from the following areas as a theoretical underpinning for an approach to practicing counseling within the larger counseling profession:

  • Ecopsychology 
  • Deep ecology 
  • Ecofeminism 
  • Ecology 
  • Nature-based experiential learning 
  • Historical and current perspectives on indigenous people’s world views 
  • Earth-based traditional healing practices 
  • Eastern philosophy 
  • Anthropological study of ritual and rites of passage 
  • Transpersonal psychology 
  • Consciousness theory

The program applies this integration of perspectives in the context of current wilderness therapy and ecotherapy practices. It includes an emphasis on experiential learning, group work, and facilitation of insight as therapeutic techniques, as well as an examination of issues of transfer of learning.

Unlike other ecopsychological educational approaches, this program requires a commitment to application as a portion of practicum and internship, and as evidenced by records of the student’s practice and experiences in the field. Students must document competence in the practice of ecotherapy skills under clinical supervision in a clinical setting as a portion of their training. Because of the program's low-residency nature, accessing opportunities for applying these skills constitutes a significant expectation the student must fulfill.

The program places emphasis on the transpersonal nature of ecotherapy and the significance of attachment theory in explaining pathology in an ecopsychological model.

Those who will find this program worthy include students interested in wilderness, adventure venues, and horticultural, broad based animal-assisted or nature- based settings; and counselors aspiring to consult to industry in the area of ecopsychological health and environmental design.

Courses (15 semester credits) 

  • Foundations of Ecopsychology/Ecotherapy 
  • History and Principles of Ecopsychology
  • Wilderness as a Healing Environment 
  • Risk Management in Ecotherapy Practice 
  • Standards of Practice and Ethics in Ecotherapy

Post MA Certificate in Counseling: Ecopsychology FAQ

Q: How long will it take me to complete this program?


The program is designed to take 8 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 8 months.


*Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

Q: How much will this program cost me?*


Tuition and fees: $11,325

Books and supplies: $900

On-campus room & board: not offered


For further program cost information see

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change

Q: What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate?


The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.


* This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

Q: What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?


Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

Federal loans: *

Private education loans: *

Institutional financing plan: *


* Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

   To see available Prescott College scholarships, see Prescott College Scholarships

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