Janis Phelps

Janis Phelps


Ecoresilience Leadership Certificate

Janis Phelps received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut. She is the former dean of the School of Consciousness and Transformation at CIIS. Her theoretical orientation is in transpersonal and wellness therapy models; Buddhism, Eastern and indigenous disciplines; and phenomenology/existential philosophies. Her research and scholarly writing has focused on entheogens and shamanic practices, clinical studies in enhanced expectancies and treatment, and mind-body wellness.

She teaches courses in EWP on quantitative and qualitative research methods, spiritual counseling, mindfulness, research colloquium, Buddhism and psychotherapy, and principles of healing. As a licensed clinical psychologist, she is on the Board of Holos Institute and on the Clinical Committee of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology.

Conducting Research for Cultural Transformation

This weekend workshop will center on highly useful research tools for student leadership trainees in ecoresilience. The importance of implementing a feedback loop from cyclical research focused on the long-term effects of the students's work in the field will be discussed. Students will be able to use research to further hone the ecoresilience leadership activities that they are doing based on future data gathered from their stakeholders. The workshop will focus on research methods (phenomenology, program evaluation, action-participatory, post-colonial indigenous, and feminist) that provide in-depth findings on their stakeholders's experience of attitudinal and behavioral change. We will cover specific areas of research methodology as informed by multiple ways of knowing such as intuitive methods, mind-body reflections, and decolonizing methodologies. The advantages of group vs. individual interview formats in ecoresilience data collection will be reviewed. Students will create a proposal for a preliminary study using research design elements that will be effective for their current or future ecoresilience activities in the world.

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