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Association for Experiential Education Conference Keynote Address

February 21st, 2011


The 23rd Annual NW Regional Association for Experiential Education (AEE) Conference is being held at the 4-H Conference Center in Salem, Oregon on March 25-27. The conference theme is Challenge! Risk is Learning. In addition to a great variety of individual workshops focusing on aspects of experiential education each day; there will also be related sessions focusing on therapeutic adventure, experience based training and development, and schools and colleges.  Thomas will be presenting the keynote address on March 26th from 7:45-9pm.

Risk & Mindset: An Experiential and Insight-based Approach to Fostering Psychological Risk in Experiential Education

In this keynote address, psychologist and AEE member Thomas Doherty will explore the psychology of risk and risk-resilient mindsets in the context of education and adventure settings. In particular, Thomas will discuss research on the benefits of a growth mindset—seeing ones achievements as a product of dedication and effort rather than fixed traits and abilities – and how this mindset increases willingness to attempt new and difficult tasks, and promotes learning and future accomplishments. Using experiential exercises, humor, and self-reflection, Thomas will demonstrate how to recognize and foster a growth mindset. Most importantly, Thomas will offer tips on balancing the risks taking necessary to a leader’s personal and professional development with the compassion and expertise to create healthy risk experiences for those we work with.

Speaker Bio

Thomas_DohertyThe New York Times called AEE member Thomas Joseph Doherty “the most prominent American advocate of a growing discipline known as ‘ecopsychology.’ Thomas focuses his psychology work on environmental identity and behavior change and specializes in helping people and organizations with ecological values. Thomas draws on 20 years of experience of facilitating therapy, education, and personal growth experiences in settings ranging from primitive skills expeditions to inpatient hospital units. Thomas spent several years as a field staff and supervisor at programs like Vision Quest and Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs and has also worked as a river guide in Grand Canyon. In addition to his therapy and consultation practice in Portland, Oregon, Thomas trains counselors at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecopsychology. Thomas recently helped author the American Psychological Association’s Climate Change Task Force Report.

AEE Specific Experience

Thomas is a member of AEE, is familiar with AEE audiences’ needs, and has presented at several AEE regional and international conferences on topics related to wilderness and adventure therapy. Thomas met his wife at an AEE Northeast Regional meeting. Thomas strives to integrate experiential elements to his talks, whether through the addition of formal initiatives or through encouragement of movement, multi-sensory modes, mindfulness, and small group sharing.

Sustainable Self Earth Day Events

February 17th, 2011

Sustainable Self
Earth Day Events

Weekend Workshop

Master of Two Worlds: Manifesting Personal Sustainability in Your Life and Work

Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California

April 22-24, 2011

Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

Join Thomas Doherty for a special Earth Day workshop that weaves insights from the social sciences, psychology, and mind-body health and enjoy a retreat at the beautiful Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.

The title is inspired by the final stage of the archetypal hero’s journey: Once a hero has completed his or her trials and adventures, their challenge is to manifest their vision in the “real world” of community and society—to be a “Master of Two Worlds.” The workshop is designed to support individuals who carry a vision of sustainability and who labor daily to foster their vision in their own lives, and in their families, communities and organizations.

For registration details visit:


Public Talk & Couples Workshop

“How Green is Your Love?”

Green Drinks, Portland

At the March 1, 2011 Green Drinks networking event, and at a follow up couples workshop on April 2, 2011, Thomas Doherty will discuss the added stresses and pleasures that “green” issues bring to modern relationships.

He’ll provide tips on how to talk about eco-values and lifestyle choices with your significant others, ways to accept and work with differences, and how to recognize when differing environmental agendas can become relationship deal-breakers.

Green Drinks Networking Event
March 1, 2010
Location: Ecotrust BFJ Conference Center, 2nd Floor
721 NW Ninth Ave. Portland, OR, 97208
Time: 7:00 PM

Green Drinks requests a $5.00 donation.

For more information see this link.

Sustainable Self

Couples Workshop
Date: April 2, 2011
Time: 1-4:30 PM
Please see our website for location and registration information.


For Counseling Professionals

Emerging Trends in Ecotherapy

Thomas Doherty

Thomas Doherty teams with psychologist Patricia Hasbach to present this continuing education workshop, sponsored by the Lewis & Clark Center for Community Engagement.

Participants will receive an orientation to the historical background and theoretical approaches associated with ecotherapy, learn applications of ecotherapy in counseling and healthcare settings, and explore opportunities for integrating ecotherapy practices into their personal and professional lives.

Patricia Hasbach
Portland Audubon Society
Date: Friday, April 8
Time: 9am – 5pm

For registration information see this link.


Sustainable Self at The Starving Artist Science Soiree

December 1st, 2010

The Sustainable Self—Part of Science Soiree

The Starving Artist

DEC 2 2010 – 8:00pm to 10:00pm


The Starving Artist

The Sustainable Self with EcoPsychologist Thomas Doherty


Rowland Russell

Rowland Russell


Engage with scientists, researchers, and other expert practitioners on a diverse array of scientific and technical topics the 4th Thursday of each month at the Starving Artist.  Meet great minds in an informal and playful setting.  Each Science Soiree starts with a warm-up act (music, theater, spoken word, film), leading into topical conversation or an engaging presentation by a special guest.

Ecopsychologist Thomas Doherty, PhD work in Sustainable Self explores the relationship between mental health, the natural environment, and sustainable lifestyles. He draws on his past experiences, including helping urban dwellers to foster their connections with nature and integrating literary themes into his counseling work through the use of poetry and movies.

SAVE THE DATE :: Earth Day 2011 at Esalen

October 1st, 2010

Master of Two Worlds:

Manifesting Personal Sustainability in Your Life and Work

Weekend of April 22-24, 2011

Sunset at Esalen

Sunset at Esalen

In this Earth Day workshop, Thomas Joseph Doherty, a specialist in ecopsychology, will weave insights from neuroscience, environmental psychology, and mind-body health to present a model of personal sustainability. Thomas will share practices that he uses in his ecopsychology practice to help individuals recognize and validate their emotions about the current environmental situation, develop practices of mindfulness and acceptance, nurture themselves, celebrate their connections to the natural world, and most importantly, to engage in grounded action that manifests their unique sustainability vision and avoids burnout over the long haul.

The title of this workshop is inspired by the final stage of the archetypal hero’s journey: Once a hero has completed his or her trials and adventures, the challenge is to manifest the vision of possibility brought back from the “extraordinary world” into the “real world” of community and society—to be a Master of Two Worlds (M2W). Thomas will show how the M2W model can support agents of change who carry a vision of sustainability and who labor daily to foster their vision in their families, organizations, and communities.

Along the way, Thomas will detail research on the benefits of green spaces for stress reduction and productivity, the diverse ways people understand their connections to the natural world, how to cope with issues like global climate change, and how the M2W perspective corresponds with research on leadership, motivation, and resilience.


Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

Once home to a Native American tribe known as the Essalen, Esalen is situated on 27 acres of spectacular Big Sur coastline with the Santa Lucia Mountains rising sharply behind. The Esalen Institute was founded in 1962 as an alternative educational center devoted to the exploration of what Aldous Huxley called the “human potential,” the world of unrealized human capacities that lies beyond the imagination.

Esalen soon became known for its blend of East/West philosophies, its experiential/didactic workshops, the steady influx of philosophers, psychologists, artists, and religious thinkers, and its breathtaking grounds blessed with natural hot springs.

Visit the Esalen website: for more details about this special location.


Sustainable Self Events :: Fall 2010

September 20th, 2010

foe_logoThursday September 23 – Friday September 24
Washington, D.C.

Friends of the Earth & Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR)
Strategy Session
The Role of Psychology in Environmental Campaigning and Activism
Speaker: Master of Two Worlds: Psychology Tools for Agents of Change


ecopsychtreesSaturday September 25 – Sunday September 26
Portland, OR

Foundations of Ecopsychology
Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Counseling



NPOlogoFriday October 1
Gleneden Beach, Oregon

33rd Annual Nurse Practitioners of Oregon Education Conference
Speaker: Self-Sustainability: Keeping Motivation and Inspiration in Our Lives



BioneersLogoFriday October 15 – Friday October 17
San Rafael, CA

Bioneers 2010 Conference: Revolution from the Heart of Nature
Panelist: Ecopsychology Emerging



Friday October 29

Silverton, OR

Oregon Counseling Association – ORCA
2010 Annual Fall Conference
Keynote & Workshop: Ecotherapy & Nature Based Stress Reduction



issp_logoThursday November 18
12:oo pm-1:13 pm
- Webinar

The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP)

Speaker: Master of Two Worlds: Negotiating the emotional terrain in your sustainability work


Sustainable Self at Sundance

July 18th, 2010

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Sustainable Self

Identity, Coping And Thriving In An Ecological Age




In this exclusive and timely weekend workshop and film premiere, Dr. Thomas Doherty, a specialist in the psychology of human-nature relationship and environmental issues, will lead participants in a journey of personal discovery and restoration within the beautiful Sundance Resort and the Wasatch Range.

Dr. Doherty—called by The New York Times “the most prominent American advocate of a growing discipline of ecopsychology” — will weave insights from neuroscience, environmental psychology, and mind-body health to create a model of personal sustainability.

Dr. Doherty’s Complete Bio on Explore Green

Participants are invited to the Sundance premiere of Play Againan award-winning documentary by Meg Merrill and Tonje Hessen Schei.

Click here to view the Play Again trailer


7:30 PM: The Promise of Ecopsychology

This 90-minute talk will discuss the psychology of environmental issues and human-nature relationships, with a focus on how people develop their beliefs and behaviors regarding the natural environment and ways to cope with stressful events like the current Gulf oil spill.


9:00 AM: Nature-Based Stress Reduction

This 2-hour workshop will provide hands-on experience of stress management techniques and mindfulness meditation in natural settings, with a focus on developing motivation and peace of mind regarding the current environmental crisis. The workshop will include an indoor orientation and non-strenuous outdoor activities.

1:00 PM: Positive Psychology and the Environment

In this 2-hour outdoor workshop participants will nurture themselves and celebrate their connections to nature. Dr. Doherty will highlight topics such as the positive and inspiring emotions and experiences people experience in beautiful natural settings, the history of peoples’ sense of place, and the possibility of an expanded “ecological self.”

8:00 PM: Sundance Premiere of “Play Again” with commentary by the film’s producer, Meg Merrill


11:00 AM: Grounded Action

This 90 Minute workshop is the capstone to our weekend. Participants will identify useful personal sustainability practices, and goals and strategies for effective environmental engagement that make sense in the context of their lives.


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$250 per person
for all weekend activities and film premiere.

Sundance Resort will provide a special
discounted room rate for the weekend.

Call 1-801-223-4006 and ask for Mara Gabis
to book your reservation.


About Sundance Resort: Nestled at the base of Utah’s 12,000-foot Mt. Timpanogos, Sundance is a 6,000-acre community destination resort, dedicated to maintaining the balance of art, nature and community. Created by Robert Redford, Sundance is a haven for discovery and inspiration that offers diverse mountain recreation experiences year round. Only an hour’s drive from Salt Lake City and 45 minutes from Park City, Sundance is the resort you’ve dreamed about. Sundance features 95 rustically elegant mountain cottages and 10 mountain homes that echo the simplicity of the natural setting. Award-winning dining, a Native American-inspired spa, horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking and an Art Shack that features classes in painting, pottery and jewelry making make Sundance the perfect mountain getaway.

To visit the Sundance website, CLICK HERE

Thomas speaks at The Sustainability Network of Washington County Meeting

July 14th, 2010

The Sustainability Network of Washington County

The Sustainability Network of Washington CountyInterested in sustainability issues in Washington County? The PSWCC convenes the Sustainability Network of Washington County. This public forum for sustainability information-sharing and support serves professionals in business, government, and nonprofit in the county. Quarterly meetings are open to all; agendas are planned and organized by Network members.

Our next Sustainability Network meeting will be on July 28th.  Dr. Thomas Joseph Doherty will talk about ecopsychology, which reveals how emotional and mental health is dependent on sustainability and one’s relationship with nature.  Dr. Doherty, featured recently in the NYTimes,  will describe the benefits of green spaces for stress reduction and productivity, diverse ways people understand their connections to the natural world, and how to cope with issues like climate change and the recent Gulf Oil Disaster.  How can an ecopsychology perspective can foster motivation and resilience and inform the best practices of sustainability professionals?

Wednesday, July 28

Tualatin Valley Water District Headquarters

1850 Southwest 170th Avenue Beaverton, OR 97006-4211  Google Maps

(503) 642-1511

Please RSVP to the PSWCC coordinator

Thomas Doherty joins Sustainable Branding Collaborative

April 7th, 2010

r.bruer coR.Bruer Company,  a sustainable branding firm, has included Thomas Doherty as a member of their Sustainable Branding Collaborative — an integrated team of experts in branding, sustainability, organizational development, marketing research, communications and design.

As founder Rich Bruer notes, the Sustainable Branding Collaborative tears down the walls between operational management, branding, marketing, organizational development and sustainability practices. This unique multi-discipline approach brings sustainable brands to life through:

  • careful research
  • smart brand design strategies
  • skilled marketing and communications
  • expert sustainability guidance and planning
  • unique “living the brand” trainings

See content below as published originally: Overview: Sustainable Branding Collaborative

Emerging Trends in Ecotherapy • one day training session

February 4th, 2010
Thomas Doherty, Psy.D.

Thomas Doherty, Psy.D.

Thomas Doherty and Patricia Hasbach will be offering a one day training session on Ecotherapy at Lewis & Clark on April 16, 2010

Ecotherapy expands the scope of counseling beyond family and community systems to recognize the important role that one’s relationship with the natural world can play in health, emotions and identity across the lifespan. Ecotherapy also provides ways for counselors and healthcare providers to utilize nature contacts and connections to promote physical and mental health.

This one-day experiential workshop provides an orientation to the historical background and theoretical approaches associated with ecotherapy. We will also survey psychological research regarding human-nature relationships and conservation behaviors that point to the efficacy of ecotherapy interventions. Participants will learn applications of ecotherapy in counseling & healthcare settings and opportunities for integrating ecotherapy practices into their personal and professional lives.

Patricia Hasbach, Ph.D.

Patricia Hasbach, Ph.D.

Patricia Hasbach, Ph.D. & Thomas Doherty, Psy.D. developed the Ecotherapy course at Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Counseling & Education. In addition to using ecopsychological methods in their own therapy and consulting practices, Thomas coordinates Lewis & Clark’s graduate Ecopsychology Studies Program, and is Editor-in-Chief of the international Ecopsychology journal; Patricia is writing and co-editing two books for MIT Press related to Ecopsychology and the rediscovery of the wild.


Emerging Trends in Ecotherapy

Friday, April 16th, 2010, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Room 101, South Campus Conference Center
Lewis & Clark

Fee for 6 CEUs:
$125 if postmarked or faxed before March 26; $140 after March 26
Lewis & Clark alumni receive a 10% discount. Lewis & Clark student fee is $40.

Winter 2009 • End of year message

December 28th, 2009

From Thomas:

December 2009

Thomas & Eva on the beach

Thomas & Eva on the beach

2009 has been a big year for Sustainable Self. I served a variety of individuals in our community and very much enjoyed leading the new Men’s Adult Development Group this Fall. I continued to ride the wave of sustainability and environmental consciousness. The Ecopsychology courses I developed at Lewis & Clark Graduate School continued into their second full year and, along the way, I provided continuing education to counselors in the community and helped supervise the research of two graduate students.

The new Ecopsychology journal that I edit saw its first year of publication with three ground-breaking issues. I helped author the important American Psychological Association Climate Change Report. I was called on to assist local businesses and organizations who are making the move toward “green” practices and spoke about behavior change and motivation to groups including the Association of Oregon Recyclers, The Natural Step Network, and the New Season’s Markets Green Teams.

Thomas finishes the Portland Marathon 2009

Thomas finishes the Portland Marathon 2009

In terms of personal accomplishments, I trained for and completed the Portland Marathon, a major life goal. I watched my young daughter grow and shared the challenges and joys of making a marriage and family with my wife.

My work is not easy but I go to bed every night feeling like I am part of the solution. Where do I get my energy? From the good people that I work with.

Call or Contact me if you think I can help with one of your important goals.