Roads to Research with Hilary Leighton

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Ecopsychology: A Systems Psychology in Service of All of Life

  • With Dr. Hilary Leighton, IBP, RCC, Assistant Professor, Program Head MA Environmental Education and Communication, School of Environment & Sustainability
  • Wednesday, May 29th from noon to 1 p.m.
  • LIC Centre for Dialogue
  • Cookies & coffee/tea/water will be provided (and feel free to bring your lunch)

In response to dominant social norms, ecopsychology extends counselling and psychotherapy into a wider context to include the psyche's relationship to the natural world by recognizing the intrinsic connections that exist between human well-being and ecological health through therapeutic means. In counter-balance to traditional psychology and a kind of systemic separation from our original intimacy with the natural world, it provides a more embodied conception of humans not only found in their recovery toward wholeness but in terms of considering the vital connections within a living system dependent upon all of its constituent parts for its own ecological health. Moving beyond treating an the individual psyche through conventional therapies alone, a more holistic systems approach originates from the biological/ecology model and as such aligns with Indigenous worldviews and traditionally held wisdom that understands humans and nature as relatives. At this watershed moment in human history, on a planet radically and forever altered, ecopsychology holds implications for not only psychological but also epistemological and ecological transformation and healing.   

Research Services gratefully acknowledges the funding support of the Research Support Fund (RSF) in the development of this initiative. The RSF is administered by the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat.