Thomas Doherty highlighted in National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability

July 1st, 2014 by Andrea Janda 1 comment »

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Thomas Doherty was highlighted in recent National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability produced by The Center for Green Schools

Thomas Doherty was named as an “industry leader” in the Research section of the report (p.26) and quoted:

“As Dr. Thomas Doherty, President of the American Psychological Association’s Division 34 (Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology) observes: ‘The idea of Education for Sustainability [EfS] holds within it the opportunity to link the personal—in terms of identity, values, and empowerment—with the planetary in order to establish a more ecologically sound and just world. A comprehensive EfS research and assessment program would link theory, data, and application to help us understand these complex and interacting processes while translating our findings into research models and assessment methods that are accessible to all education stakeholders, both locally and globally.”

 

Download the National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability pdf

June Workshop: Nature, Health, Access: The Restorative Effects of Nature

May 5th, 2014 by Thomas Doherty No comments »

Nature, Health, Access: The Restorative Effects of Nature

wallowa-lakeDate:  SAT June 28
Time:  9:00am PDT
Location: Lewis & Clark, TBD

Are there issues regarding access to healthy natural spaces in our community? How can we determine needs and solutions?

This workshop will review some of the latest findings regarding the health benefits of green spaces and near-by nature and how these benefits are unevenly distributed in our community. We will discuss ways to address these disparities in terms of grassroots activities, teaching, therapeutic work, and policy change.

The day will include a series of expert talks, a panel discussion, and a public forum. Speakers include: Geoffrey Donovan, U.S. Forest Service, Portland Forestry Sciences Lab; Gregory WolleyAfrican American Outdoor Association; and Erica Timm, Neighborhood Trees Specialist, Friends of Trees.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the latest research on the restorative effects of nature, including the effects of tree cover and neighborhood greenery on outcomes such as children’s birth weight and incidence of cardiovascular disease.
  • Learn about basic health benefits of domestic nature (household plants and pets), nearby nature (i.e.,  parks and gardens), and managed nature  (e.g., forests and natural areas), as well as some benefits of outdoor activities and adventure wilderness-type areas.
  • Explore issues of social justice and equity associated with access to health-nurturing green spaces, as a general trend and specifically in the Portland Metro area.
  • Learn about interventions to help improve access to green spaces in Portland through the activities of community groups and nonprofits.

Co-sponsored by African American Outdoor AssociationFriends of TreesLegacy Hospital Healing Garden Program, and the Ecopsychology Certificate program, the Center for Community Engagement, and the Graduate Students of Color Alliance at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling.

This workshop is offered through our Ecopsychology program and there is an opportunity to earn graduate degree-applicable or continuing education credit by registering for this as a two day course. Click here for more information about this option.

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014

Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Facilitator: Thomas Doherty, Psy.D.

Cost: $100 by 6/12, $120 after, includes 7 CEUs or PDUs

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About the Speakers

 

gdonovanGeoffrey Donovan has quantified a wide range of urban-tree benefits. These have ranged from intuitive benefits—reduced summertime cooling costs, for example—to less intuitive such as crime reduction. More recently, he has focused on the relationship between trees and public health. He found that mothers with trees around their homes are less likely to have underweight babies, and when trees are killed by an invasive pest, more people die from cardiovascular and lower-respiratory disease. He has a number of ongoing projects including a collaboration with the women’s health initiative.

greg_wolleyGregory J. Wolley grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and Southern Oregon University before moving to Portland in the late 1980’s.  Following a number of years of conservation work in the Portland area with the US Forest Service and Metro Regional Parks and Greenspaces, Greg worked as community affairs coordinator with Tri-Met, where he coordinated communications for construction of the new Interstate MAX light rail line that traversed through Portland’s most racially diverse neighborhoods. When his work with new light rail was completed, Greg founded Justice for All, a training and consulting firm focused on public outreach, community involvement, and environmental justice. Greg currently works for the City of Portland, where he has managed a citywide small businesses marketing and outreach program, as well as training and development for city employees. He founded the African American Outdoor Association in 2005, and has served on numerous boards and commissions including the Portland Urban Forestry Commission, the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission, and the Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals.

erica_timmErica Timm has served as a Neighborhood Trees Specialist for Friends of Trees for the past four years. She manages urban tree plantings, co-coordinates the tree monitoring program and serves as the community health and nature liaison. She holds a Master of Urban Planning from Portland State University and developed a background in green infrastructure, sustainable planning and community health through focused outreach and education efforts through her work with Friends of Trees and the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services.

About the Facilitator

 

Thomas_DohertyThomas J. Doherty is a licensed psychologist who created and helps to direct the Ecopsychology Certificate Program at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School. Thomas specializes in teaching courses that integrate research on human relationships with the natural world, environmental conservation, and sustainability with modern psychology, counseling and psychotherapy practice.

A former wilderness therapy expedition leader, Thomas received his doctoral degree in psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School. Thomas was the founding Editor of the academic journal Ecopsychology. He is currently president of the Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA) and served as a member of the APA’s Climate Change Task Force. In addition to his work at Lewis & Clark, Thomas works with individuals and consults with organizations through his business Sustainable Self. He lives in Northeast Portland and with his wife and six-year-old daughter.

Earth Day in the Here and (Long) Now

April 22nd, 2014 by Darrin Gunkel No comments »

In Honor of Earth Day, a guest post from my colleague Darrin Gunkel

—Thomas Doherty

NASA Earth Observatory photo — Bombetoka Bay, Madagascar

Photograph courtesy Terra/ASTER/NASA and NASA Earth Observatory

Let’s wish everyone a Happy Earth Day, but carefully around environmentalists of a certain ilk. You may know the type: “Every day is Earth Day!” they’ll say, kind of like my grandmother chiding me for complaining one Father’s Day that there was no Children’s Day. It’s an interesting point: we could debate long and richly the pros of raising consciousness with special events vs. the cons of sending that consciousness to live on the Reservation of Ideas that those events sometimes turn out to be. Maybe every day should be Grandmother’s Day.

Regardless of how many Earth Days you believe there should be each year, it’s a good thing that there’s some sort of recognition in the broader world of a mantra at its heart: Be Here Now. Earth Day encourages us to look around and see what needs doing, opening a space to think about how we do what we do today, as opposed to the constant future tense, the unending checklist of what needs doing, in our busy, busy society. Living intentionally. Living simply. Making living intentionally simple. Simpler. Remembering what’s happening on the ground, the earth with a little “e” we walk every day. But even a friendly doctrine like “Being Here Now” can take on ominous overtones in the light of the Immediacy Culture cultivated by our gadgetry and attitudes. Take all those phones and apps helping us get life done. They plunge us deeply into the moment, so deeply that the Here and Now is shrinking at an alarming rate.

Instead of just looking around to see what needs doing, we can amplify our sight with electronics, putting the Here of the whole world into the palm of a hand, unearthing countless tasks to take care of. We define ourselves by what we do, and so what we’re doing at the moment defines Now. The more we take on, the shorter Now becomes. Brilliantly efficient, which is important in our world where so much needs to happen. But maybe it’s time we pause to question that efficiency. An app is efficient largely because it saves labor, the collection of steps required to reach a goal. Things are sped up at the expense of the benefits of slowing down. Can you simplify and at the same time go faster? Can inherently complex systems make life easier? Or do they bury the distracting noise of complex, industrial culture and obfuscating tendencies of marketing-driven consumer capitalism under a veneer of ease? And what are ease, convenience, and efficiency really all about? The faster we live the faster we can consume, and so we can consume more. And so back to Earth Day.

earthdaySMMyself, I’ve always been a bigger fan of Buy Nothing Day. (If you’re not familiar with it, Buy Nothing Day comes in the month of November, the day after Thanksgiving, and is an alternative to the shopping seizure known as Black Friday.) A few years ago I interviewed a business owner who gives his employees Buy Nothing Day off. He suggested they stay at home by the fire. Or go on a walk. Or several other slow, thoughtful activities, that implied that the moment could be something longer than a moment. Maybe instead of one Earth Day or many, we need a longer unit: Earth Year. Actually, given the extent of what’s happening to our world and the depth of change in our collective Self necessary to correct it, Earth Century might be a better idea. Suspicions about Earth Day dwell in the tension of a ticking clock. We’ve got a lot to do, and little time to do it in, if we want to save the planet. On too many levels, we live in a world where “This needs to be done yesterday!” Maybe we could relax a little if our sense of now were different.

There are already plenty of counter culture rumblings around rethinking our ideas of time. One place, quite apropos of Earth Day, with its implications about perspective, is the Long Now Foundation, “established in 01996 to creatively foster long-term thinking and responsibility…” (Their words, my emphasis.) The organization’s best known project, the 10,000 Year Clock, manifests that long-term thinking the way Earth Day manifests environmentalism (here’s what Michael Chabon has to say about it.) The capitalist society that drives the need for Earth Day in the first place regularly employs numbers beyond the normal human ability to truly comprehend. Count 100 seconds. It takes almost two minutes, not overwhelming. Now count 16,500 seconds, the number where the Dow Jones hovers lately. It’ll take you four and a half hours. Try to count out the national debt and you’ll be at it for 555,881 years. Since we deal in numbers like that constantly, it’s odd that only geologists and archeologists account for years beyond the scale of 1,000 (sixteen and two thirds minutes). One of the grander capacities of the human mind is the ability to play with such abstracts. Why can’t math that works for the economy be put to work for something that will hopefully outlive that economy, namely us? Earth Day begs us to start thinking the Long Now. Time maybe to leave quibbling over mere days to our past.

 

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Darrin Gunkel at Mt. Pilchuck

Darrin Gunkel

I believe my job as writer and editor is to make sure words don’t get in the way of communication.

Experience includes contracting for Gale/Cengage, freelancing for various SEOs, covering City Hall for Seattle’s NPR affiliate, KUOW, and producing stories for Washington News Service, a radio news agency reporting on environmental and social issues.

My B.A. is in Comparative History of Ideas, from the University of Washington. Reading about, photographing and climbing mountains in the Pacific Northwest takes up many of my weekends. I own a Westfalia and have traveled in it to the Arctic Circle and Tropic of Cancer with my wife, Karin and our pug, Lola.

Happy Earth Day, Love Daddy and Mama

April 21st, 2014 by Thomas Doherty No comments »

— A developmental perspective leads to insights about how to celebrate Earth Day with children, in ways that may lead to deeper connections and activities as they grow older.

EarthFromAboveInspired by my recent research and talks on “parenting and nature” and being more attentive to the presence and urgency of parent-child communications given my wife Chelsea’s condition and her work with children and breast cancer, I began thinking about ways to celebrate Earth Day with my daughter Eva, age 6. I came upon the idea of giving her a gift for Earth Day, wrapped, as a surprise, in hopes that this gift giving would become a family tradition.

Anyone familiar with small children will know that surprises make a singular impression. In the long run, I would prefer her to think about Earth Day as a day to go out and help to restore some piece of the local landscape. But, it does make sense to begin using a developmental lens.

Children are egocentric in a normal and healthy way, lacking the abstract thinking ability that will come in adolescence. The world children know is local and concerns them and their families. For now, this day is a gift to her. Later on, we can think about giving back.

Her gift? I chose to give her a book, a large coffee table book Earth From Above by aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Technically, I am re-gifting her this book. I used to have it, open to an enticing page, displayed on a glass coffee table in my psychology office. Lately, I have not had a place to show it. So, it is been gathering dust, forgotten, high on a bookshelf. I thought this would be a perfect, impressive gift, heavy for a six-year-old at 10 pounds, and certainly the biggest book that she will own. And we can look at it before we go to bed and think about the earth and places near and far that we can visit someday.

And yes there will be an inscription: To Eva, Happy Earth Day, Love Daddy and Mama 2014.

 

“Parenting with Nature in Mind”, Thomas Doherty talk featured in The Oregonian

April 7th, 2014 by Thomas Doherty No comments »

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Thomas Doherty, director of the Ecopsychology Certificate program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, will give a presentation on “Parenting with Nature in Mind” from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the South Chapel at Lewis & Clark College, 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road. (Cost is $10 for an individual or a couple, free for Lewis & Clark employees.)

Doherty’s goal for the presentation, he said, is to help parents clarify what their own environmental or “green” values are and focus on why they want to connect their kids to nature. “Then they can go into the action stage,” he said.

Parenting With Nature in Mind with Thomas Doherty

March 3rd, 2014 by Thomas Doherty No comments »

Parenting With Nature in Mind

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Date:
 WED April 9

Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus, South Chapel
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dandelion-childJoin Thomas Doherty, director of the Ecopsychology program at Lewis & Clark, for a public dialogue on the importance of nature in child development and ways families can cope with environmental issues.

Through presentation of research findings, guided discussion and dialogue, the group will explore how parents can foster their and their children’s environmental identities, in a way that fits with their culture, diversity and other values.

Thomas will also describe ways to create opportunities for children to have safe, transcendent experiences in the outdoors that promote an ecological sense of self and interdependence with the web of life.

Part of our 2013-2014 Workshop Series.

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Facilitator: Thomas Doherty, Psy.D.

Cost: Individual or couple (no CEUs/PDUs): $10
Individual with 2 CEUs or PDUs: $30

Register Now

About the Facilitator

Thomas Joseph Doherty, PsyDThomas J. Doherty is a licensed psychologist who created and helps to direct the Ecopsychology Certificate Program at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School. Thomas specializes in teaching courses that integrate research on human relationships with the natural world, environmental conservation, and sustainability with modern psychology, counseling and psychotherapy practice.

A former wilderness therapy expedition leader, Thomas received his doctoral degree in psychology from Antioch  New England Graduate School. Thomas was the founding Editor of the academic journal Ecopsychology. He is currently president of the Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA) and served as a member of the APA’s Climate Change Task Force.

In addition to his work at Lewis & Clark, Thomas works with individuals and consults with organizations through his business Sustainable Self. He lives in Northeast Portland and with his wife and six-year-old daughter.

Thomas Doherty Animal Rights Talk — “Values about Animals”

February 4th, 2014 by Thomas Doherty No comments »

Thomas Doherty discusses “Values about Animals” at the Lewis & Clark Human-Animal Studies Conference on January 25, 2014.

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How people think about and value other animals, and diversity of attitudes based on different value sets.

Thomas Doherty, a professor of Psychology at the Graduate School of Education and Counseling, will focus on basic values that people have regarding animals and the natural world. He will describe some values typologies drawn from psychology and the social sciences and invite the audience to reflect on their own personal values regarding animals. This will lead to a discussion of the interplay between one’s values and beliefs about the world and their norms or expectations for behavior, and also how values influence one’s scope of justice and moral inclusion or exclusion of other species. This in turn suggests ways to create spaces for constructive dialogue and collaboration about animal welfare among competing value or interest groups.

November 20th IFMA Luncheon: The Psychology of Sustainability Behavior

November 15th, 2013 by Thomas Doherty No comments »

The Psychology of Sustainability Behavior:
Implications for Facilities Managers

November Luncheon, Presentation and Tour

Presented by Thomas Joseph Doherty
for the 
IFMA – International Facility Management Association – Oregon & SW Washington Chapter

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DATE:
WED NOV 20, 2013

TIME:
11:30am-1pm

LOCATION:

Port of Portland HQ
7200 NE Airport Way
Portland, Oregon 97218

Session Description:

This talk will provide a framework to help you understand some different ways that people think about environmental sustainability and the use of natural resources in businesses and organizations. We will identify some best practices for communicating with and motivating different stakeholders and implementing effective behavior changes. These include recognizing and honoring different beliefs, setting realistic goals, and utilizing appropriate incentives. In this model, differences of opinion about the role of sustainability in the workplace—what we will call “environmental diversity”—are seen as a source of new ideas and innovation.

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration and Networking
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Luncheon and Presentation
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tour, Networking and Adjourn
Early Registration: Member(s)/Guest(s): $30 ea.
Non Member(s): $40 ea.
On-site Registration: Member(s), Guest(s) & Non Member(s): $45 ea.

 

 

About the Speaker:

Thomas Doherty, Psy.D.

Thomas Doherty, Psy.D.

Thomas Joseph Doherty is a licensed psychologist who created and helps to direct the Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate Program at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Thomas specializes in teaching courses that integrate research on human relationships with the natural world, environmental conservation, and sustainability with modern counseling and psychotherapy practice. Thomas is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecopsychology and served as member of the American Psychological Association’s Climate Change Task Force. Thomas also works with individuals and consults with organizations.

Registration and Cancellation Information:

Registrations must be received by noon, November 15th, 2013 to ensure space availability. Registrations received after 5:00pm, November 15th, 2013 will be accepted on a space available basis. REGISTER HERE for the event.

Cancellations must be received by 5:00 pm, November 18th, 2013 to receive a refund. Cancellations received after 5:00 pm, November 18th, 2013, and no shows will not receive a refund.

Thomas Joseph Doherty on Google Scholar

November 1st, 2013 by Thomas Doherty No comments »

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Ecopsychology Vol. 5, No. S1, September 2013 is now available online

October 1st, 2013 by Thomas Doherty No comments »

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Table of Contents AlertVolume: 5, Number: S1, September 2013
View this Issue Online

Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy: Mental Health Providers as Victims and First Responders

Editor’s Note

Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy: Mental Health Providers as Victims and First Responders
Thomas Doherty
Ecopsychology, Vol. 5, No. S1, September 2013: S-1-S-1.

Invited Essays

Katrina vs. Sandy: Essays on Nature-Induced, Human-Induced, and Nature-+Human-Induced Environmental Trauma
Ecopsychology, Vol. 5, No. S1, September 2013: S-2-S-3.

 

Thoughts on Katrina vs. Sandy: Donald F. Nemeth
Donald F. Nemeth
Ecopsychology, Vol. 5, No. S1, September 2013: S-4-S-8.

 

Thoughts on Katrina vs. Sandy: Darlyne G. Nemeth
Darlyne G. Nemeth
Ecopsychology, Vol. 5, No. S1, September 2013: S-9-S-13.

 

Thoughts on Katrina vs. Sandy: Robert B. Hamilton
Robert B. Hamilton
Ecopsychology, Vol. 5, No. S1, September 2013: S-14-S-19.

 

Thoughts on Katrina vs. Sandy: Judy Kuriansky
Judy Kuriansky
Ecopsychology, Vol. 5, No. S1, September 2013: S-20-S-26.

Ecopsychology Narratives

Experiencing Change/Trauma Associated With Katrina and Subsequent Hurricanes: A Psychologist-Victim’s Perspective
Joseph Tramontana
Ecopsychology, Vol. 5, No. S1, September 2013: S-27-S-29.

 

Superstorm Sandy 2012: A Psychologist First Responder’s Personal Account and Lessons Learned About the Impact on Emotions and Ecology
Judy Kuriansky
Ecopsychology, Vol. 5, No. S1, September 2013: S-30-S-37.

Original Article

A Model for Post–Environmental Disaster Wellness Workshops: Preparing Individuals and Communities for Hurricane Anniversary Reactions
Judy Kuriansky and Darlyne G. Nemeth
Ecopsychology, Vol. 5, No. S1, September 2013: S-38-S-45.

Book Review

Review of Living in an Environmentally Traumatized World: Healing Ourselves and Our Planet, Edited by Darlyne G. Nemeth, Robert B. Hamilton, and Judy Kuriansky
Wismick Jean-Charles
Ecopsychology, Vol. 5, No. S1, September 2013: S-46-S-49.

 


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