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    • Students in Lewis & Clark Counseling Psychology department programs (add a 10-credit certificate to their degree program)
    • Students undertaking comparable counseling degrees at other institutions.
    • Alumni of Lewis & Clark Counseling Psychology programs leading to licensure in counseling
    • Master’s level graduates from other institutions with accredited counseling programs
    • Other students: Please contact one of the Certificate Coordinators
  • If you have already been accepted into a master’s or educational specialist degree program at Lewis & Clark, you may elect to “add” the Ecopsychology in Counseling certificate to your degree.

    If you are not a current Lewis & Clark student, you must apply to the program and be accepted. Full details are available from the admissions office.

  • Admission requirements for the certificate include good standing in a Counseling Psychology department program and completion of prerequisites for individual certificate courses. Full requirements are available on the Admissions website.

  • No. Federal financial aid is not currently available for non-degree graduate programs. However, if students are currently enrolled in a master’s or educational specialist degree counseling program, and have elective courses in their programs, they may be able to apply financial aid to some Certificate courses.

    For more information, visit the Student Financial Services webpage:

  • You can find the full course of study in the course catalog, online at


  • Depending on their individual certificate plans and other course of study, students can reasonably complete all Ecopsychology in Counseling coursework in 1.5 years. Students must complete their program within 5 years of being admitted.

  • Practical outcomes of the certificate include demonstration of innovative applications of counseling theory and practice that promote health and wellness, social and environmental justice, and, ultimately, environmental sustainability. A consensus on competencies in this area is emerging; the certificate will provide leadership on a national stage. Examples of certificate competencies include:

    • Applying therapeutic interventions within an ecological conception of care (e.g., promoting stress reduction using natural settings, etc.).
    • Understanding processes of affiliation with nature and development of environmental identity
    • Recognition of multiple forms diversity in terms of environmental worldviews and vulnerability to impacts of environmental problems
    • Understanding determinants of pro-environmental or conservation behaviors
    • Integration of ecopsychology principles with other areas of counseling theory and practice including human development, marriage and family therapy, spirituality, and diversity and social justice perspectives.
    • Application of psychodiagnosis and counseling interventions in the context of environmental issues (e.g., grief, despair or anxiety about environmental degradation, addressing nature phobias).
    • Introduction to specialized counseling modalities such as wilderness therapy
  • Depending on what program you are in, you may be able to take ecopsychology courses as an elective toward your degree requirements. Students should discuss this option with their advisors and the registrar early in their program.

  • All students in good standing in the Counseling Psychology department and who have met pre- or co-requisites are eligible to take certificate courses. Students must take the Foundations of Ecopsychology course before any other ecopsychology courses. If students have not met the pre- or co-requisites for this course, they can petition for permission to take the course from the certificate coordinator; students will need to demonstrate that they have the appropriate professional knowledge to take the class.

    Many ecopsychology courses are offered through the Center for Community Engagement and are open to any community members who meet the course prerequisite requirements. Practicing counselors, educators, and others are free to enroll in all of the certificate courses in sequence, but will not be issued the certificate credential unless they have applied for and been granted admission to the program. The credential is only issued for students who have taken all courses for degree-applicable credit.

  • Given the lack of an outside accrediting body, an integrative capstone project is key to illustrating student competency, the value of the certificate, and to meet aspirational goals of advancing ecopsychology as an academic field. The structure of the capstone experience was designed to utilize existing courses and to ensure maximum flexibility. With prior approval of Certificate and department advisors, students can use existing thesis, independent study, or elective offerings to meet the capstone requirement. Details will be clarified on a case-by-case basis.

    Capstone Sequence:

    1. Proposal: The capstone proposal will be approved by a committee (of at least 2 Ecopsychology faculty or 1 faculty and an outside connect reader, or existing thesis committee).
    2. Evaluation: Each project will contain clear goals, competencies, or outcomes, and be measured by the assessment of those goals and their integration of the Certificate concepts or competencies.
    3. Approval: Capstone requirements will be met through completion of project (e.g., thesis or independent or completion of approved electives).


    The Capstone Project may include:

    • Thesis (CPSY 595)
    • Practicum (CPSY 544) Approved proposal would be required, can use existing site or new site to be identified
    • Independent Study (CPSY 599) in creative arts, performance or public presentation with synthesis paper (Approved proposal required)
    • Elective Courses (2 semester hours total; rationale and proposal required). Examples of recently offered courses that could be considered as electives with approval of Certificate advisor and the course instructor:
      • CPSY 590 Somatic Psychology (1 semester hour)
      • CPSY 590 Theory & Practice of Dialogue (1 semester hour)
      • CPSY 590 Critical Theory and Liberation Psychology (1)
      • CPSY 593 Spirituality & Counseling (2)
      • CPSY 521 Counseling Native American Communities (2)
      • CPSY 522 Expressive Arts Therapy (2)
      • Education Courses (e.g., LA/SS 591 Envisioning Sustainable Society, ED 570/LA 557 Teaching the Literature of Nature)
      • Documentary Studies courses
  • The certificate itself does not constitute either a degree or a license to practice. There is no current professional licensure for ecopsychology or ecotherapy, though the field is likely to evolve over the next decade to adopt standards for professionals and Certificate student can help contribute to that process.


  • It is up to individual students to ensure that they are on track to receive their professional licensure through a post-secondary degree program. The certificate offers additional coursework to give students specialized knowledge in the emerging field of ecopsychology.

    Examples of future pathways for counseling graduates who hold the Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate include:

    • Seeking an advanced degree in psychology or other field
    • Seeking professional licensure in their specialty
    • Private practice or agency work with an ecopsychology focus (with appropriate supervision)
    • School counseling with an ecopsychology focus (with appropriate supervision)
    • Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (i.e., wilderness therapy; with appropriate supervision)
    • Teaching Ecopsychology courses
    • Community organizing / Nonprofit work
    • Creative arts with an eco-therapeutic focus
  • Classes focusing on ecopsychology or on related areas such as environmental psychology are offered at a growing number of undergraduate and graduate programs around the nation. However, at Lewis & Clark the Ecopsychology in Counseling certificate can be added to accredited master’s degree programs in professional mental health counseling, addiction counseling, and marriage, couple, and family therapy, all of which prepare students for licensing as professional counselors and therapists. Ours is currently the only program in the country that combines specialized ecopsychology training with accredited license-preparation master’s degrees.
  • Students can take the program for graduate degree-applicable credit or graduate non-degree-applicable credit (also called Continuing Education credit). With instructor permission, community members can also take courses for the program for noncredit, but will not receive a certificate credential on their transcript.

    Degree-applicable credit certificate

    Non-degree-applicable (continuing education) credit certificate 

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  • If you are taking the courses for degree-applicable graduate credit (course numbers are in the 500 or 600 level), register through the Registrar’s office. If you are taking courses for non-degree-applicable credit (also called continuing education credit; course numbers are in the 800 level), register through the Center for Community Engagement.

    Prospective students can take up to three credits of coursework before officially enrolling in the certificate program, but students are encouraged to apply to the program as early as possible.

    Students are not eligible for scholarship money until they have applied and been accepted into the program.




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