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

April 7th, 2014


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

Parenting With Nature in Mind

 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

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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

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


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

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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WED NOV 20, 2013



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.

WORKSHOP: Applying Classic Theories of Human Development in the Context of Nature and Social Justice

August 27th, 2013

Applying Classic Theories of Human Development in the Context of Nature and Social Justice


This interdisciplinary talk, suitable for counselors and educators, looks at some classic theories of human development in the modern context of people’s relationship to nature and other species.

For example, we will integrate Piaget’s theory of cognitive development with educator David Sobels’ principles of developmentally-appropriate environmental education. We will discuss the implications for education and counseling, particularly in terms of equity and social justice issues related to access to safe and healthy green spaces.

This workshop is part of our 2013-2014 Workshop Series


Workshop Details & Registration

September 25, 2013

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Lewis & Clark

Graduate Campus
South Chapel 81A

0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road
MSC 32
Portland OR 97219

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Instructor: Thomas Doherty, Psy.D

Fee: $30, includes CEUs/PDUs

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Core units: .5

If you are a current Lewis & Clark graduate student and would like to attend this workshop to meet your Core Program requirements, please register through WebAdvisor.


About the Instructor

thomas-doherty-portraitThomas Doherty, Psy.D. developed the Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School and is founding Editor-in-Chief of the Ecopsychology journal.

A licensed psychologist, Thomas counsels adults, couples and families and also spent a number of years working with young people in the outdoors as a wilderness therapy expedition leader and a professional whitewater rafting guide.

Thomas is an expert on the mental health benefits of green spaces and can communicate this information in a clear and accessible way to a variety of audiences.

Thomas Doherty on Radio New Zealand “Ideas”

March 25th, 2013


from Sunday Morning on Sunday 17 March 2013

The idea that the environment has an impact on our physical health is indisputable – but what impact is environmental degradation having on our mental health? Can psychology offer insights into how to improve our environment? Ideas talks to Thomas Doherty, editor of the Ecopsychology journal; University of Auckland associate professor of psychology Niki Harre; and Victoria University senior lecturer in psychology Taciano Milfont.

Duration: 54′10″

Mindfulness and Sustainability: Zen practices for a resilient self and planet With Thomas Doherty and Gregory Hill

February 27th, 2013

We will explore the intersections of personal and environmental sustainability in the light of Zen Buddhist teaching and practice.

Participants will work to recognize, validate, and celebrate their perceptions and emotions regarding the natural environment, nurture themselves, and engage in grounded action that manifests their unique sustainability visions.

The day will also have an introduction to mindfulness meditation and guided meditation sessions.

Saturday, April 20th, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
$65 Includes vegetarian/vegan lunch
Full description and schedule of events pdf

zcomain_logoHeart of Wisdom Zen Temple
Zen Community of Oregon
6401 NE 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97211

Co-sponsored by the Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate Program at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School and Zen Community of Oregon

For more information and to register:


Thomas Doherty, Psy.D.,
called by The New York Times,

“the most prominent American

co-directs the Ecopsychology
Certificate Program at the Lewis
and Clark Graduate School in
Psychology in Portland Oregon.
Thomas Joseph Doherty, Psy.D.

Thomas Joseph Doherty, Psy.D.

Thomas Doherty, Psy.D. The New York Times called Thomas Doherty “the most prominent American advocate of a growing discipline known as ‘ecopsychology.’” Thomas is a psychologist in Portland, Oregon who specializes in working with people and organizations with ecological values and provides consultation on environmental identity and behavior change. He draws on his training in clinical and health psychology and his background as a wilderness therapist and professional whitewater rafting guide. In addition to his consultation practice in Portland, Thomas trains counselors at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School and is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecopsychology. Thomas helped author the American Psychological Association’s Climate Change Task Force Report in 2009 and his paper on the psychological impacts of global climate change was published in the American Psychologist in June, 2011. Thomas has provided talks and workshops for organizations such as the American Psychological Association, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Natural Step USA, New Season’s Markets, the Port of Portland, the Bioneers, the Association of Oregon Recyclers, and the Oregon Counseling Association.

Gregory Hill

Gregory Hill

Gregory Hill Gregory Hill is a professor of Mathematics and Environmental Studies and Chair of Mathematics at the University of Portland, where he also co-founded the Sustainability program in the Masters in Business Administration. He has served for ten years as the President and Senior Research Associate of the Institute for Culture and Ecology, a research collaborative founded on the principle that human systems and ecosystems must be valued and studied as a unified whole. Putting research into action, he leads projects in Indonesia addressing issues of biodiversity, climate change and economic well-being for forest dependent communities. A life-long practitioner in the Zen Buddhist tradition, he has been a member of the Zen Community of Oregon for many years, serving on the Board of Directors and as a mediation instructor.

Conservation Psychology Institute – San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research

February 26th, 2013


Tuesday afternoon – October 15, 2013
Friday noon – October 18, 2013

San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research
Escondido, California


Conservation Psychology Institute 2012
Antioch University New England has joined together with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and San Diego Zoo Global to run an intensive 4-day Conservation Psychology Institute (CPI). The Institute is designed for professionals in museums, zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens, nature centers, environmental advocacy, media, and other sectors with broad public engagement opportunities. The 4-day course offers an opportunity to learn from an internationally recognized team of faculty about relevant psychological theories and strategies for changing behavior supportive of environmental and human well-being. Faculty will include Wesley Schultz, Thomas J. Doherty, and Corrin LaCombe.

The goal of the CPI is to equip participants with knowledge and skills in the fields of conservation psychology, environmental psychology and ecopsychology to effectively bring about environmental behavior change via work in their own institutions and sectors.

This will be accomplished through a blend of:
• lecture presentations
• hands-on learning and interactive sessions
• applied and scenario-based activities drawn from faculty and participant experiences
• one on one mentoring with experts
• small and large group dialog, and
• networking with a diverse group of peers and faculty.

CPI participants will walk away with:
• An understanding of the development of environmental concern and responsible action.
• Tools for avoiding conservation fatigue, maintaining motivation, and fostering creativity and resiliency in environmental work.
• A better understanding of how common belief systems and environmental value sets of constituents and stakeholders influence how conservation messaging is received.
• Community-based social marketing (CBSM) examples that illustrate the effective use of social marketing techniques to foster behavioral change.
• Skill in recognizing and working with cultural, socio-economic and religious/spiritual diversity in the context of conservation.
• Knowledge of social and developmental determinants that drive environmental worldviews and identity.

Who this program is for:Conservation Psychology Institute 2012

  • Conservation biologists
  • Environmental educators
  • Zoo, aquarium and museum marketing, interpretation and outreach specialists
  • Advertisement and public relation professionals
  • Climate change mitigation campaign and/or adaptation program implementers
  • Sustainable business/organization owners
  • Informal and formal educators
  • Environmental advocates
  • And more…

More information will be available through Antioch University, AZA, and SDZG soon. Please email with any questions.

Dr. Thomas Doherty’s Brown Bag presentation at Port HQ: Sort It And Win Program

November 11th, 2012


Portsmouth: Sort It And Win Program a Success
By Erin Anderson

October 2012

There are more than 30 food and beverage retailers at PDX serving over a million passengers each month generating over $4,000,000 in sales—and tens of thousands of pounds of food waste!

PDXfoodwastePDX began collecting food waste in 2003 and to date has diverted more than 1,400 tons from the landfill. Unfortunately, a recent waste audit performed by the PDX Waste Minimization Team showed that even with a food waste program in place, nearly 60% of the materials in the landfill-bound waste stream were compostable food and fibers.

In an effort to reduce the amount of food waste and compostable materials sent to the landfill, the PDX Waste Minimization Team set a goal to increase food waste collection 20% by 2013. The PDX Waste Minimization Team worked closely with the PDX Concessions team to develop and implement a three month (April 1-June 30) rewards program. The program was based in part on insights from Eco psychologist Dr. Thomas Doherty’s Brown Bag presentation at Port HQ, which focused on the psychology of organizational change in achieving sustainability goals. Once a week each tenant kitchen was randomly visited by Waste Minimization staff, and employees were rewarded when observed to be properly separating food waste from landfill waste – and supporting the program goals. Employees were given a $5 gift card for their efforts on the spot, creating an instant positive feedback.

The Sort It and Win rewards program was successful in many ways. Over 200 employees were rewarded for their efforts and over 55 tons of food waste were collected during the three months, a 57% increase over the same period in 2011. The regular presence of the PDX Waste Minimization Team in each kitchen provided an opportunity to build relationships with employees while random visits and immediate rewards worked to encourage and incentivize behavior change.

Results of the Sort It and Win program continue to inspire tenants to better manage food wastes. As of September 2012, 152 tons of food waste has been collected, reflecting a 41% increase over the same time period in 2011. The 2012 food waste diversion program has already exceeded the yearly food waste total for 2011 (147 tons).

Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate Info Session – November 6th at Lewis & Clark

November 3rd, 2012

lcsmEcopsychology in Counseling Certificate Info Session

Date: November 6 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Lewis & Clark – Graduate Campus, South Chapel

grass-against-blue-skyPlease join us for an Information Session to learn more about Lewis & Clark’s Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate program.

The Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate explores the relationships between mental health, well-being and the natural environment and ways in which counseling psychologists can contribute to conservation and sustainability.

Students and faculty in the program will be there to share their work and answer questions of prospective students.

If you are unable to attend this Information Session but are interested in this certificate program, please contact the Center for Community Engagement at 503-768-6040 or