Sunday, June 15, 2014 - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

2014 Conservation Psychology Institute (CPI)

Location: Antioch University New England

Registration & Fees: Online Registration Now Open


2014 Conservation Psychology Institute Overview

Antioch University New England has joined together with the North American Association for Environmental Education, Natural Start Alliance,  Wildlife Conservation SocietyNational Association for Interpretation and the Green Schools National Network to run an intensive 4-day Conservation Psychology Institute (CPI). Around the world, people are realizing that the psychological aspects of environmental sustainability are a critical missing factor. Practitioners, educators, and researchers alike find it difficult to synthesize the explosion of psychological research that is available and to find examples of how to apply these insights to real-world environmental challenges. CPI faculty seek to assist in this translation of research to practice by engage participants with fundamental content from conservation psychology research and its applied use in a range of conservation settings and contexts. 

What Will Participants Learn?

The specific topics to be covered this June are:
What Will Participants Learn

  • Conservation Psychology: An Introduction & Retrospective
  • Physical & Psychological Benefits of Contact with Nature
  • Nature Across the Lifespan: Developing Relationships of Care
  • Environmental Identity
  • Encouraging Active Participation & Care for Nature
  • Strategies for Influencing Conservation Action
  • The Psychology of Hope & Resilience
  • Strategic Messaging & Communication Capacity Building


How Will Participants Learn?

The CPIs often feature a different mix of faculty to best address the topics being covered.  The faculty for the June 2014 CPI include:  Drs. Carol Saunders, Louise Chawla, John Fraser and Joy Ackerman.  These faculty are all experienced educators and will offer participants a balance of learning opportunities throughout the CPI, including

  • In-class lecture
  • One on one mentoring with experts
  • Small and large group dialogue
  • Hands-on activities
  • Scenario-based activities

Who Would Benefit From This Program?

Conservation Psychology Institute

Conservation Psychology Institute

  • Communication and education practitioners in community and non-profit organizations with a focus on land conservation, climate change action, watershed protection, forest stewardship or biodiversity preservation.
  • Communication and education practitioners in organizations concerned with the role of nature and the environment in human health and well-being.
  • Climate action, conservation, and sustainability professionals, including those in federal, state or local government agencies, the business sector, and non-profit organizations.
  • 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.
  • One of the consistent benefits of participating in a CPI has been the high quality of the participants who attend and the networking opportunities that result.The Institute is particularly effective for participants who register as teams, and would like to work on a specific organizational challenge as part of the intensive.We welcome you to join us in the sharing of current Conservation Psychology research & practice and to become part of a dynamic network of alumni!

Please register early to save your place! Register now.

For More Information

Kayla Cranston