Conservation Psychology Institute (CPI) | June 14-17, 2015

Healthy People, Healthy Environment
Behavior Change, Connection, Communication Strategies


The Conservation Psychology Institute is an interactive workshop with some of the leading researchers in the field.


CPI 2015

CPI Faculty Dr. Louise Chawla working with CPI participants.

Participants will:

  • Connect with cutting edge research in the conservation psychology field related to human-nature relationships, behavior change, and communication strategies.
  • Engage in exploring a range of approaches from individual behavior change to community resilience.
  • Practice applying conservation psychology research to problems in real-world settings.
  • Develop a new network of professionals for supporting applying conservation psychology in participants’ professional work.

The Keene 2015 CPI in June will focus on promoting human and environmental health at multiple scales through the application of psychological research on behavior change, benefits of nature, and effective communication.


How Will We Learn?

What Will Participants Learn
The CPI faculty are experienced in education and training, and have practical experience in working with organizations, communities and individuals.

The Institute faculty draw on a range of didactic and interactive strategies designed to foster collaborative learning, team problem-solving, and the development of clear takeaways.

Participants are encouraged to bring their particular organizational challenges to the Institute to provide real-world problems, and specific regional case studies will be included for demonstrations and application exercises.

Expect a participatory and dynamic mix of pre-reading, presentation, small group discussion and application, Q&A, one on one coaching, and team planning time. Sessions will be held both indoors and outdoors.

Who Should Attend?

Conservation Psychology Institute

Conservation Psychology Institute

  • Participants who register as teams, and would like to focus on a specific organizational challenge as part of the intensive
  • Communication and education practitioners from a variety of settings  such as biodiversity conservation, human health , community gardening, therapeutic landscaping, land use planning, parks and recreation, children and nature, environmental education, climate change, and sustainability
  • Students and educators interested in a working knowledge of the field of conservation psychology
  • Individuals across a range of organizational settings interested in learning about conservation psychology principles

2015 Workshop Facilitators

Louise Chawla, UC Boulder, Environmental Psychologist
Carol Saunders, AUNE, Conservation Psychologist
George Tremblay, AUNE, Clinical Psychologist
Elizabeth McCann, AUNE, Environmental Education
Abigail Abrash-Walton, AUNE, Environmental Advocacy
Joy Ackerman, AUNE, Environmental Studies/CP Director
Ruth Kermish-Allen, AUNE, Conservation Psychology Fellow