When you study Ecotherapy Practice with ACS, you will:

Study nature-based therapy. 
Develop a program of ecotherapy activities.
Approach health and wellness holistically. 
Not need any prior knowledge. 

The course learning aims include: 
Develop knowledge of broad applications and benefits.
Explain theories underpinning ecotherapy practice which support its association with physical and mental health.
Evaluate and determine clients for whom ecotherapy may be appropriate.
Determine a broad range of resources and how to use them.
Explain ecotherapy applications that harness the use of different environments.
Explain ecotherapy applications that utilise plants in a variety of contexts.
Explain ecotherapy applications that utilise animals in a variety of contexts.
Explain ecotherapy applications that can be applied indoors.
Explain ecotherapy applications that utilise creative and artistic activities in a variety of contexts.
Formulate professional wellness advice that blends with other health and wellbeing initiatives.



Benefit from the knowledge of subject matter experts. ACS Distance has employed hundreds of subject specialists over the years to bring our students the best possible learning resources and courses. Our staff are sometimes located overseas which adds to the uniqueness of our course curriculum and content. 


There are 10 lessons in this course.

1. Nature and Scope of Ecotherapy
Applications of ecotherapy
What is ecotherapy?
What is involved in ecotherapy
Using ecotherapy alongside other therapies
The need for mental health interventions
General benefits of nature on wellbeing
Ecotherapy settings
Useful terminology

2. Theory of Ecotherapy
General findings
Ecological theories
Problems associated with built environments
Models underpinning ecotherapy
Nature and mental health research
Is direct contact with nature necessary?

3. Ecotherapy Clients
General wellbeing benefits
Psychological benefits
Physical benefits
Understanding the body’s responses to stress
General barriers to getting involved in ecotherapy
How to overcome these barriers
Ecotherapy for mental disorders
Ecotherapy for physical conditions
Specific issues

4. Intake Assessment and Ecotherapy Resources
Interviewing potential clients
Interviewing techniques
Determining suitability
Background history
Choosing ecotherapy environments

5. Environment-Based Ecotherapy
Using the environment
Types of environment activities
Conservation projects
Wilderness Therapy
Forest bathing
Breathing and relaxation exercises
Other outdoor activities

6. Plant-Based Ecotherapy
Physical ecotherapy activities
Psychological ecotherapy activities
Fascination therapy
Adventure therapy
Horticultural therapy
Using the senses

7. Animal-Based Ecotherapy
Bird watching
Pet therapy
Equine assisted therapy and horse riding
Animal habitats
Care farming and therapeutic farm activities
Interacting with wildlife
Using the senses

8. Indoor Ecotherapy
Indoor applications of ecotherapy
Growing at home
Fresh flowers in the home or ecotherapy space
Touching nature
Arts and crafts
Creating nature indoors
Pets and animals indoors

9. Creativity based Ecotherapy
Therapeutic photography
Writing therapy
Art therapy
Music therapy
Drama therapy
Dance therapy
The benefits of creative therapies

10. Holistic Wellness incorporating Ecotherapy
Counselling in nature
Combining ecotherapy with other modalities
Our connection with nature

Interested in studying a Certificate in Therapeutic Practice? Talk to us today about complementary courses which can be combined and build on your professional knowledge and skills. Apply what you have learned. 


Choosing a education provider isn’t always easy. 
With ACS you have: 
1. Private education which has met Standards for Excellence as set out by the International Approval and Registration Centre. 

2. Your choice of location and learning atmosphere. You might not have the time or money to travel to a buzzing metropolitan centre to attend class. Happy learning at home when it suits you? Now you can. May like to consider accessing an environment which supports your study. Studying ecotherapy for example, accessing outdoor spaces might become a valuable part of your success. 

3. An online and flexible delivery mode, with friendly and expert tutor support available by email or on the phone. 

4. Graduate satisfaction and outcomes. It’s good to know we’ve been educating people for over 40 years. We’ve celebrated thousands of student successes over that time and warmly invite you join the others. 



  • Who will enjoy and benefit from learning ecotherapy practice?
  • Anyone working in health, fitness or wellbeing industries.
  • Counsellors, Counsellors, Coaches
  • Complementary Health Practitioners, Health Support Professionals
  • Horticultural Therapists, Pet Therapists and Recreation officers.



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