ECO 570/670: The Applied Ecopsychology of Equine Assisted Ecotherapy
This class is offered online or in Washington State at Where the Willow Was. Through experiential activities in nature and with the horses participants explore their senses, learn about the roles of attraction and consent, and discover how to create moments that let Earth teach and inspire! This is an entrance level sensory-ecology course in practical, nature-connected education, counseling and healing enables you, backyard or backcountry, to master and teach the established therapeutic science of Applied Ecopsychology. Increase personal, social and environmental well-being by enabling individuals to create beneficial moments that let Earth teach. This restorative thinking skill helps their 53 natural senses reasonably embrace their nurturing origins in the balanced, self-correcting and renewing ways of natural systems within and around us.
Meet the Course Facilitator
My name is Betty Hames. I have created a HEALING ADVENTURE that incorporates the principals of what I am learning with what I am most passionate about! While I am doing recovery coaching I am also doing life coaching. Horses assist me with understanding the core problems that someone is having. It is amazing to watch the horses work. I have worked with at risk youth for the past twenty years. I have worked in local school districts with the Severe to Moderate Mentally Handicapped children ages 14 to 21 in a Self-contained program as a Para Pro. I enjoyed working with the special needs children. I also worked with an agency that helped adults with developmental disabilities find and keep jobs. I have worked as an Intervention Specialist (Drug and Alcohol Counselor) at two different schools and do consulting work at one of the schools at the end of each school year (compliance paperwork).
In my spare time my husband and I have a small farm which helps balance our busy lives, from the horses that we rescue and rehabilitate to the garden that provides nourishment for our family and others. I am hoping to add sheep to the growing animal population, I handspin wool and I would rather have my own sheep, I think. Maybe someday. My husband is a retired pastor however, we stay busy with church. We are part of a cowboy fellowship that meets on Thursday nights. We lead the music. Lucky for us country gospel and folk music is what the folks at the cowboy church want to hear and sing.
I finished my BS in psychology in an online format in 2009. The format used a small group process to complete projects. Working in the small group format was at time wonderful and at sometimes not so wonderful. I have made some wonderful friends during the two years of online classes. After a few months off from college it was time to get back and work more on my education. I discovered Project NatureConenct and I am more excited about the learning process than I have been in a long time. The philosophy and teaching style of Project NatureConnect fits into what I believe. Other learning processes have left me feeling like I had missed something. I had missed something. The more I learn about the Natural Systems Thinking Process the more excited I become about learning more.
The use of Equine Assisted Ecotherapy/Equine Assisted Learning (EAT/EAL) techniques will be incorporated using horses experientially for emotional growth and learning.EAT/EAL is experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns.
The focus of EAT/EAL involves setting up ground activities involving the horses which will require the client or group to apply certain skills. Non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking and problem-solving, leadership, work, taking responsibility, teamwork and relationships, confidence, and attitude are several examples of the tools utilized and developed by EAT.
Course Location: 1540 Factory Rd. Sunnyside, WA 98944
Course Date: 2nd and 4th of every month
Cost of course: $350.00 (includes cost of required corsebooks.). The course cost is payable to the site location/Course Facilitator and is not eligible as part of Project NatureConnect scholarships or work/study program.
Coures Prerequisites: Email Dr. Cohen to obtain a copy of the workbook The Web of Life Imperative and its companion volume, Reconnecting With Nature, plus a DVD entitled Naturally Connected. Contact Betty Hames for practicum hours at ‘Where the Willow Was’, her ranch in Sunnyside WA.
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