Ecotherapy: Linking Social Work and the Natural World

Beth Lapin, MSW, MA
Monday, May 22, 2017
9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Location: School of Social Work, West Hartford, CT
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In our hectic lives, nature can provide balance and centering, restoration and solace during difficult times. As a healing modality, Ecotherapy is an emerging field that links social work and the natural world. People around the world recognize the value of Ecotherapy and (re)connecting with nature in a personal way. 


Relieves stress

Provides a sense of well-being

Makes people happier and kinder

Helps people heal faster

Addresses mental and emotional health issues

Shifts our relationship with the rest of the Earth

Increases our willingness to heal the Earth

Drawing on over 20 years of experience as a social worker and field biologist, Beth Lapin will provide an introduction to Ecotherapy, examine research addressing how and why it works, and offer hands-on examples that practitioners can add to their tool kit. With appreciation of and respect for the natural world, we will also explore what small steps we can take to give back to nature in reciprocity.

In this experiential seminar, participants will:

  • understand the definition and scope of Ecotherapy
  • become aware of research supporting the value of Ecotherapy
  • consider reasons for its effectiveness
  • experience hands-on examples of Ecotherapy
  • develop ways to integrate Ecotherapy into practice
  • establish small steps to give back to nature

Weather permitting, the group will walk around the Campus. Participants are encouraged to wear walking shoes and comfortable clothing.