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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nature-Based Therapy, Graduate Certificate*

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General Program Information

Bethany Novotny, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator
Department of Counseling and Human Services
Box 70701
(423) 439-7073
email: novotny@etsu.edu

The graduate certificate in Nature-Based Therapy provides a foundation of knowledge and skill fundamental to any nature-based therapeutic setting. This certificate critically examines a wide array of nature-based therapeutic contexts and perspectives. The certificate offers a comprehensive preparation for the creation of nature-based therapeutic services and programming, as well as for the integration of nature-based therapeutic practices into traditional approaches. In addition, the certificate develops skills relevant to individual and community healing, development, and wellness, including practical skills for programming logistics, implementation, administration, and risk management. Additional topics covered throughout the certificate include ecopsychology, ecotherapy, Leave No Trace (LNT) philosophy, land stewardship practices, common US nature-based program models, multicultural perspectives in nature-based therapeutics, and outdoor behavioral healthcare.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admissions criteria set by the ETSU School of Graduate Studies, the following will be required: 

  • Two letters of recommendation

Nature-Based Therapy, Graduate Certificate Requirements: 15 credits

Required Courses 12 credits
Advisor Approved Elective 3 credits
TOTAL 15 credits


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