Ecopsychotherapy and the Emerging Adolescent Mind

Eco-psychotherapy and the Emerging Adolescent Mind

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A Systemic Integration of Our Relationship with Nature into Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Practice

A course for post-qualified child psychotherapists, systemic psychotherapists, child psychologists and child psychiatrists

February 2021 – September 2021

This programme offers a qualification in contemporary approaches to integrating eco-psychotherapy into psychotherapeutic work with young people. Based on theoretical foundations of child psychotherapy, immersive experiential contact with the wild, and a foundation in eco-psychology, it is focused on understanding the impact of nature upon the mental health of young people and ways to facilitate those connections.


Certificate level deposit: £500
Diploma level deposit: £500
Certificate level: £2,860 (After deposit)
Diploma level: £4,060 (After deposit)


Course Director
Roger Duncan

Course Assistant Director
Dr Catriona Mellor

Creative Director, Confer
Jane Ryan

Course Administrator
Cressida Moger


Including VAT, vegetarian lunch and supper, other refreshments and all tuition


Certificate level:
£2,860 (After deposit)

Diploma level:
£4,060 (After deposit)

Refreshments and food
Tea, coffee and herbal drinks, breakfast (for those who stay on site), lunch and supper are included in your fees. The menu will be vegetarian with vegan options.


The course will take place in two rural locations:

Four weekends at Ruskin Mill College, Horsley, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 0LA
One five-day retreat at Laurieston Hall, Laurieston, Castle Douglas, DG7 2NB, Scotland

Please book your own B&B accommodation from the following options:

At Ruskin Mill you may camp for £4.50 per night per person. The facilities are basic with compost toilets available but no showers.
To book please contact: Sue Smee on 01453 837537 or 07977 174729. Alternatively you can email

At Laurieston Hall there is a variety of accommodation available including 9 shared bedrooms and bathrooms. One bedroom is available with disabled access. The cost for this accommodation is £25 x 6 nights (£150 – men’s or women’s shared dorm). Outdoor camping is also available to include camping mattresses, pillows and extra blankets. The cost for this accommodation is £20 x 6 nights (£120) for a camping pitch. Please contact Cressida Moger for availability:

If you prefer to stay-off site you may book local B&B independently.


February 2021 – September 2021

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 February 2021
Reclaiming Our Indigenous Relationship With Nature and Mental Health

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 March 2021
Children and Nature – the Explorers in the Garden

Saturday 22 to Wednesday 26 May 2021
The Call of the Wild – Working with Adolescents

Friday 30 July to Monday 2 August 2021
Encountering Nature and Psyche Beyond the Borders of Language – Solo Time in Nature

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September 2021
Incorporation of Eco-psychotherapy into Practice