Mary Good

Mary Good

Instructor

Ecoresilience Leadership Certificate

Mary Good received an M.A. in Integral Counseling Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies in 2008. After her initial training in Gestalt therapy at the Church Street Counseling Center, she began internship with The Holos Institute, an ecopsychology counseling and education center where she currently sees clients. Her specialization includes outdoor therapy sessions, deep grief work, nature connection and natural history education. Along with seeing clients, Mary also writes on the topic of applied ecopsychology and was recently published in
The Journal of Ecopsychology. Prior to graduate school Mary worked for 10 years with children as a teacher in theater arts (including drama therapy) and environmental education. Mary is also an avid gardener, aspiring homesteader, enthusiastic botanist and spends her free time collecting wild edibles with her daughter in the beautiful environment of Sonoma County.

Group Process I: Beyond Ecogrief and Ecoanxiety

In this weekend seminar, students will discover the resilience available when earth grief and eco-anxiety is held in a process of conscious allowing. Participants will learn how to navigate through their own deep, and often frightening, feelings about our current ecological crisis, and emerge on the other side with strength, determination and joy. After understanding this process from the inside out through gentle experiential exercises in a safe, compassionate container, students will then explore how to guide others in doing the same. Topics include:

• Mindfulness practices, for everyday personal support, as well as crisis management with clients.
• Somatic processing techniques for contacting and safely releasing grief and anxiety held in the body.
• Psycho-education on working with trauma, and other complex emotional states, such as rage, overwhelm and apathy.
• Basic concepts of group leadership, such as format, creating a safe container, the use of non-violent communication and conflict management.

This workshop available for 11 CEs (MFT, LCSW, RN)

Group Process II: Culture Building and Network Weaving

In this weekend seminar we address the question of "What next?" After we have learned to navigate earth grief and eco-anxiety, how do we move from the personal into the greater community? We will focus on how to lead groups, bringing in the emotional intelligence from Group Process I, in order to sponsor mutual support and collaboration, both within groups and also in networked relationships. Topics include:

• Group format and ground rules, games to facilitate connection and trust, and deeper exploration of basic concepts from Group Process I, such as non-violent communication, creating containers and conflict management.
• Strengthening internal resources and furthering healing through nature connection and participating in community projects such as ecological restoration.
• How to help group participants access positive core strengths that can be a point of interconnection, even when working with individuals or groups of differing political or religious orientations.
• Identifying individual skills of contribution and how groups can support each other and their communities through crisis and transition.
• Avoiding burnout through further deepening of mindfulness practices for continued emotional processing.

This workshop available for 11 CEs (MFT, LCSW, RN)