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April 22 CEUs- 2 CEUs: Ecotherapy for Clinicians and Emotional Intelligence


CEU #1: Tapping into Your Heart Intelligence: Using Emotions to Think Clearly

Friday, April 22nd, 2016 at 10:30-11:30am
Cost: FREE
Location:Sage Recovery & Wellness Center at 7004 Bee Caves Rd, Bldg 2, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78746 


CEU Presentation Description:
In this presentation, Caroline Eick, Ph.D., shows that the way out of emotionally draining cycles is through activating the power of the Heart—the biological Heart, as well as the Heart as Spiritual Center.  She teaches about the transformative effect of identifying core emotional addictions and releasing the energy of the disturbing emotions they generate, making room for clear thinking and creative action. 


  1. Be able to explain the core emotional addictions to security, power-control, sensation, suffering
  2. Be able to apply heart-focused breathing to more readily experience coherence 

About Our Speaker

3687529Caroline Eick, Ph. D.

Co-Founder of the Center for Heart-Mind Coherence

Caroline’s earlier work in the field of addiction treatment, and later her work as qualitative researcher and oral historian, led her to integrate an interdisciplinary approach to healing from addictive behaviors. This approach combines knowledge from the social and natural sciences with the spiritual practice of mindfulness and wholeheartedness to help individuals transform deep-seated self-defeating beliefs that shape the perceptions and drive the emotional experiences of relationships, whether familial, social, organizational or institutional.



CEU #2: Ecotherapy for Clinicians

Friday, April 22, 2016 at 12:00-3:00pm    
Cost: FREE
CEU: 3 CEUs 
Location:Sage Recovery & Wellness Center at 7004 Bee Caves Rd, Bldg 2, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78746


CEU Presentation Description:
Ecotherapy allows clinicians a framework in which to offer nature-based therapies to their clients. Decades of research clearly demonstrates the positive affect nature has on mental (and physical) health, and integrating a nature-based approach into treatment allows clinicians a unique and more holistic view into their client’s internal world. This presentation will: define what ecotherapy is, introduce some of the salient research on how nature affects the brain and overall wellness, clinical considerations for integrating ecotherapy into practice, and practical, concrete ideas for beginning to offer ecotherapy to clients.
Note from our speaker: This presentation will include an experiential exercise outside, weather permitting. Please dress for comfort (indoors and outdoors) so that you can relax and enjoy both the didactic and experiential components. The experiential exercise may include light walking and sitting in either sun or shade. Sage Recovery has an expansive wooden back deck overlooking the hill country views and surrounded by large trees. A peaceful environment that will provide us the space to focus on connection with nature and how it can help you find compassion and caring for yourselves as therapists. In addition, the experiential part will help you get a sense of how ecotherapy works and what it might feel like for clients to experience ecotherapy. For your own comfort, please feel free to wear comfortable clothes and shoes if you are able.You may wish to bring a light jacket, sunscreen, comfortable shoes or other items to maximize your comfort. 
CEU Objectives:

  1.  To gain an understanding of the basic central ideas of Ecopsychology
  2. To be able to identify at least 5 benefits of nature exposure on health and well-being
  3. To be able to identify at least 5 ways clinicians use Ecotherapy as a passive or active intervention
  4. To be able to identify at least 2 clinical considerations of an Ecotherapy approach
  5. To gain an understanding of the importance of self-awareness and the development of the Ecological Self

head shot in blueAbout Our Speaker:  Amy Sugeno, LCSW

Amy Sugeno, LCSW, got her start as a wildlife biologist, studying a variety of species, mostly birds and bats. Over those 16 years, she consistently noticed how healing and restorative nature and the outdoors can be for people. Now a therapist, Amy integrates ecotherapy, or nature-based therapies, into the healing process of her clients. She has worked at non-profit agencies for the past 10 years with adults and older teens affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse. More recently, Amy has opened a small private practice in Marble Falls, Texas, where she provides ecotherapy to individuals and small groups, and particularly enjoys working with issues around adoption and attachment trauma.



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