EcoTherapy Ethics: Ethics and Responsibilities in Outdoor Therapy

12/11/2020 - 11:00am to 1:15pm CST

Ultimately, we will be restored if our Earth is restored. That is why nature plays such a key role in our healing. A Zoom Presentation

About this Event

Taking people outdoors or incorporating nature in counseling means we must consider our responsibility to the environment. In addition, we have an ethical responsibility to our clients, and taking clients outdoors serves unique professional considerations.

In this session, participants will;

• Consider physical safety issues when taking clients outdoors

• Explore beliefs about nature that might influence inclusivity

• Evaluate outdoors competency for themselves and clients

• Claim their responsibility to land, water, wildlife as a part of outdoor therapy

• Review relevant ethical codes in the ACA Code of Ethics

• Discuss ethical responsibilities as counselors in outdoor settings


Michelle Doerr, MS, is a wildlife biologist with a Master’s in Wildlife Management from the University of Missouri. She worked for Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in several capacities dealing with human-wildlife interactions. She started Anavah Consulting LLC to work with individuals, groups, companies and organizations interested in better human-human, human-wildlife, and human-landscape connections. She is a graduate of the National Conservation Leadership Institute, an elite program for conservation leaders. She obtained a certificate in Advanced Adlerian Psychology and is a member of the North American Society for Adlerian Psychology. She came to study Adler after she saw how his principles helped a child’s eating disorder when a specialty treatment center couldn’t. Adlerian principles and ecological principles combined are the heart of her purpose; to help self and others value all life on earth.


Bre Hiivala Cahoy, EdD is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and full-time faculty member in the Counseling Program at Adler Graduate School. She has experience in career development, employee assistance programs, and has served as an advocate at a campus Women’s Center. Her dissertation was about the relationship between nature relatedness, nature exposure, and quality of work life in student affairs professionals. Bre appreciates the inclusion of nature in self to understanding holistic wellbeing and healing for individuals and organizations. She integrates holism and Adlerian principles in her daily work with students as a counselor educator.

Michelle Doerr, MS
Breanne Cahoy Hiivala
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