Conservation Psychology Institute Set for July 25-29

A new institute focusing on the emerging field of conservation psychology will be held July 25 through 29 at Antioch University New England (AUNE) in Keene, New Hampshire. The intensive week-long Conservation Psychology Institute brings together students, scholars and faculty to explore how the tools of psychology can be used in conservation and sustainability practices.

A group of extraordinary faculty will teach the curriculum:

    • Carol Saunders is one of the founders of conservation psychology. A member of the research faculty in AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies, she co-edited a special 2003 issue of the Human Ecology Review, which attempted to define this new field.


    • P. Wesley Schultz is professor of psychology at California State University, San Marcos, where he teaches conservation psychology, social psychology, and statistics. Much of his work has focused on environmental issues. He has written seven books and more than forty journal articles, and is co-author of a new book, Social Marketing to Protect the Environment: What Works.


  • Thomas Joseph Doherty, whom the New York Times called “the most prominent American advocate of a growing discipline known as ‘ecopsychology,'” manages Sustainable Self, a therapy practice in Portland, Oregon. The practice helps clients integrate environmental values into their personal health.

An AUNE alumnus, Doherty is first author of “The Psychological Impacts of Global Climate Change,” in the May issue of American Psychologist and co-author of “Psychology’s Contributions to Understanding and Addressing Global Climate Change,” which introduces the American Psychologist’s special issue (May/June 2011) on global climate change.

  • Abigail Abrash Walton, a core faculty member in AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies, is assistant to the president for sustainability and social justice at AUNE. She has led the development and implementation of the 2010-20 Climate Action Plan and the 2006 Social Justice Audit. She has worked in human rights and sustainability-change leadership for more than two decades.

Find out more about the institute’s faculty here.

Course content
Participants in the institute will explore such topics as what determines environmental worldviews, effective behavior change and the psychological benefits of restorative natural settings.

The institute’s curriculum will interest those engaged in:

    • Conservation biology


    • Environmental education programs


    • Zoos, aquariums, and museums


    • Climate change mitigation or adaptation programs


    • Resource management and land use planning


    • Sustainable businesses and organizations


  • Environmental advocacy

Find more about course content here.

The early bird/ student fee of $775 is due by June 8. The regular fee of $995 is due by June 24. Late registration after June 24 is $1,175.
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