Certificate in Other-Centred Environmentally Based Therapies
- fifteen days of training held over twelve months
- five practice-based on-line Distance Learning Units
- An optional second year involving a mentored practicum and six further training days
Courses are held at The Buddhist House, Narborough and in the Rheidol Valley, near Aberystwyth, Wales. This means that participants have opportunities to work in both urban and rural settings, giving useful experience for those wanting to take their learning into therapeutic or community work in settings where access to the wild is limited.
The training is structured and will normally be completed in a year.
Mental health is a function of our ability to connect. Working in the environment, whether locally in urban or suburban settings, or by taking clients into wilder spaces, brings positive benefits, exposing people to new and challenging situations, and opening them up to experiences which support change at all levels of psychological functioning.
The Ten Directions Programme, now in its fourth year, offers a thorough introduction to working out of doors. Suitable for qualified therapists and those interested in working with community groups or others in a psychologically informed way, it presents a theoretical model grounded in ten modalities of working, and aligned with the Other-Centred model taught on other Tariki training programmes. Whilst students should generally have relevant experience, some flexibility is possible depending on aptitude for the work.
Teaching on the programme is delivered primarily through experiential work out of doors, reflective process, and theoretical integration. The first five weekends each explore a dimension of the model. These are interspersed with experiential online learning. The programme is not academically demanding, but requires personal reflection and the development of creative awareness and competency. These are followed by a five day intensive in which the work is integrated in a more thematic way.
For those wishing to continue, who show aptitude and hold suitable qualifications, a second year mentoring and apprenticeship scheme will allow a full integration of the work. The programme can be taken alongside the Tariki Psychotherapy Training in Other-Centred Approach and there is potential to negotiate a combined training on an individual basis.
For full details of this year's Ten Directions programme including dates, use the following link
The Ten Directions Programme consists of five units and an intensive. Each unit involves 21 days of online study (about an hour a day) plus a weekend. Units roughly follow the five sections of the course's core text book, Ecotherapy in Practice.
Students taking the Ten Directions programme over an academic year will be expected to attend the following units. Any parts of the programme that are missed may be made up during the following academic year.
Each year, the sequence of courses are:
UNIT ONE: September
21 Day On Line Study & Weekend Attendance in Narborough: Establishing the Container: Embodied Contact & Sacred Space
UNIT TWO: October/November
21 Day On Line Study & Weekend Attendance in Narborough: Theory base: Therapeutic Triangle & Object Related Identity
UNIT THREE: January/February
21 Day On Line Study & Weekend Attendance: Personal Process in Narborough: Conditioned View & Encounter
UNIT FOUR: March/April
21 Day On Line Study & Weekend Attendance in Narborough: Myth and Ritual & Creativity
UNIT FIVE: May/June
21 Day On Line Study & Weekend Attendance in Narborough: Vibrancy & Embedded Living
FIVE DAY INTENSIVE: July/August
A themed intensive wild camping in the Rheidol Valley, Wales
Cost: £950 for full training (accommodation & subsistence will be paid in addition **). Payments may be spread over the duration of the course.
Individual attendance units may be taken separately at a cost of £100 for a weekend
Online Learning Units can be taken as a programme of five £400 or individually at £95 each.
Caroline Brazier, head of Tariki Psychotherapy Training Programme and author of seven books including Acorns Among the Grass - Adventures in Eco-Therapy (required reading); Other Centred Therapy, both published by O-Books and Buddhist Psychology published by Constable Robinson. Her latest book, Ecotherapy in Practice: A Buddhist Model will be published by Routledge August 2017.
Elise Tate, lead trainer on the Tariki Psychotherapy Training Programme and a psychotherapist working in the voluntary sector. Elise runs outdoor therapeutic groups for a charity and is a member of CAPO, a peer group of counsellors and therapists involved in outdoor work and ecotherapy.
Debbie Swain: Debbie has completed the Ten Directions training in the past and now assists on the programme. She has an interest in horticultural therapy and is a volunteer worker at a community gardening project working with people with mental health problems several times a week and also has an interest in creative work out of doors.
The Ten Directions Model
The ten directions taught on the programme fall into five pairs or dimensions. These broadly reflect the therapeutic container, core principles of the model, the personal relationship to the environment, the collective relationship, and our physical engagement with the world. Within these we employ therapeutic and creative methods, practical learning, and discuss issues of professional boundaries, safety and organisation.
The Ten Directions are:
Containing conditions: embodied contact & sacred space
Theoretical frame: therapeutic triangle & object related identity
Personal dimension: conditioned view & encounter
Collective dimension: myth and ritual & creativity
Engaged practice: vibrancy & embedded living
The following was written by a participant in the group described in Acorns Among the Grass
The event I took part in was over five days, and was a completely immersive experience. We began each day with a period of meditation, often outside, (I have a striking memory of sitting in a bamboo grove, listening to the raindrops) and then were led through a series of exercises, including exploring nature on our own, exploring our relationship to specific parts of the environment, lots of close observation and spending time outdoors. During the retreat we had a couple of 'process sessions' in order to share our experience with other members of the group, this was valuable as the whole week was a shared experience and hearing others feelings and thoughts helped us not only decide some of the days events, for example some people chose to sleep outdoors, but also to recognise things in ourselves.
The week aroused different feelings in me - the most powerful experience was an exercise in which we were asked to imagine asking a question, directing our question to the natural world. I asked something about my path in life, I was in the process of moving out of the Buddhist community and asked about how I might keep some of the role I had there, with me in the outside world. With this question in mind I walked through the woods until I encountered a medieval track that runs across the land there. This road provided my answer, although it seems like a cliché the truth that life is like a journey, with no ultimate resting place in this world, struck me profoundly in that moment.
I also have a lovely memory of the final evening, we created a ceremony. I was asked to lead this ceremony, which felt like an honour. In the evening we took a lit candle from the shrine room, and then walked, quietly and meditatively, to a bonfire site that had become important to the group. I talked about the symbolism of fire and lit the bonfire from the burning candle. We sat an watched the fire into the night, sometimes chanting, other times quietly. Each in our own thought process, and in our own relationship to the natural world, but also together.
** Accommodation costs for weekends at The Buddhist House:
Basic (bring a sleeping bag) £20 per weekend
Twin room £30 per weekend
Single room £40 per weekend
Single en suite room £50 per weekend or £65 if shared
(weekend is Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon and includes all meals)